Braben: Second-hand sales "killing single player games in particular"
Posted: 20.03.2012 13:27 by Simon Priest Comments: 4
Frontier Developments' founder David Braben shakes his fist menacingly at the pre-owned games market, because it's "really killed core games." Retailers prefer to rely on 'the churn'.

He said he knows publishers who cancel projects because some retailers "won't reorder stock after initial release," but single player is hit hardest. They're "super high risk."

Braben says it's the pre-owned market that's keeping the retail prices high but could lower if publishers were "getting a share of the resells." Where is The Outsider?

"The real problem when you think about it brutally, if you look at just core gamer games, pre-owned has really killed core games," said David Braben. Frontier Developments created RollerCoaster Tycoon. The studio is also still busy with their upcoming single player open-world game The Outsider, or at least were as of January.

"In some cases, it's killed them dead. I know publishers who have stopped games in development because most shops won't reorder stock after initial release, because they rely on the churn from the re-sales."

"People will say 'Oh well, I paid all this money and it's mine to do with as I will', but the problem is that's what's keeping the retail price up - prices would have come down long ago if the industry was getting a share of the resells. Developers and publishers need that revenue to be able to keep doing high production value games, and so we keep seeing fewer and fewer of them," reasoned the veteran game designer.

A publisher was said to be interested in The Outsider back in January, according to Braben. Very little information has been forthcoming about the project which had the player as a 'framed intelligence officer' in the US who could either clear his name or go rogue and embrace his public enemy reputation.
Source: CVG
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By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 20, 2012
"...prices would have come down long ago if the industry was getting a share of the resells"

No way in hell this would ever happen.

But I do think developers deserve a cut, not from regular people but only from stores reselling used games over an over again.
By novapaddy (SI Member) on Mar 20, 2012
Well I don't know...
I very seldom buy a new game. Too expensive.
I tend to buy much later after release, in sales on download sites, or like today, in a GAME store. Today I bought Battlefield 2 Complete Collection and 10th anniversary edition of Medal of Honour, both together for 25 euros. They were new.
I have almost every Paradox game ever, but again mostly bought for less than the release price. It hurts me not to have a new game sometimes, like CK2, but my inner-self just won't let me buy it. Too expensive.
I don't have a ps3 or an xbox simply because the games are too expensive. My son has both though. So maybe it is generational also? But 70 euros for a game.. and it may be shite?..
Listen David Braben, I spend 80 euros on the family food shopping for the week... Do you REALLY think I'm spending as much for your game..
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 20, 2012
Hey David - either people buy used, or they wait a few months for the price to drop.
By novapaddy (SI Member) on Mar 20, 2012
Heh I've been playing Battlefield 2 for the first time, for the past hour or so... BRILLIANT!! and that's the whole collection for 12.50 euros. Sure, it's a few years old, but hey I've been busy... you know!!