If you look online, more often than not you’ll find everyone claiming that 2021 was a pretty bad year for gamers. Sure, we started off well with a few bangers, but the rest of the year was plagued by big releases with major issues at launch, and of course the continuing of the global chip shortage and GPU crisis.
But it’s those game launch issues we wanted to talk about today, because it seems to be a theme this pandemic that a game gets shipped way too early as developers try to adjust to a new working from home environment. Oftentimes this has resulted in a game being released when it could have done with another month or two in the oven, despite several delays already.
Perhaps the obvious one is Cyberpunk 2077, which you would have thought based on the backlash alone that other developers would hold off their games as long as possible, but it seems to have made things worse. Most recently games like Battlefield 2042, among many others, for instance.
So what we want to know is whether this has affected your buying decisions at all. Like your stance on pre-ordering games, or waiting some time after release to let the bugs get ironed out. Even though we like to think it won’t happen to every game, the problem certainly isn’t going anyway anytime soon.
What do you think? Have any recent game releases affected your buying decisions? What games specifically? What is your stance on pre-ordering games and has it changed in the past year or two? And do you get games soon after they come out? Or do you wait a month or so for bug fixes now? Let’s debate!