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Killer Instinct is the world’s most generous demo

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For a next-gen game, Killer Instinct certainly is taking a different route in getting interest pumped up for that console. While all the other games are going to cost you plenty of Rands, Killer Instinct will be a F2P launch title. Actually, no, scratch that. It’s a demo.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Microsft’s Ken Lobb described Killer Instinct as the world’s most generous demo. “I just want to get as many people playing as I can”, Lobb said.

Some people are like, ‘oh, free-to-play.’ No. It’s not free-to-play. What is free-to-play? It’s a thing you really can’t ever own at all. Day one, if you want to buy our game, buy it. You own it. There’s no grind for little coins that unlock things later. None of that.

So how exactly does this “demo” work then? Take it away Lobb, I’m too drunk right now to be comprehensibleuthg:

The free part is, day one, you can download Jago for free and you get the whole game with Jago. The story mode comes later, but you get his full tutorial, full practice mode and you can go online and play against everybody. So you have the full game with just Jago.

Then if you decide you like Thunder for example, you can buy Thunder for five bucks or equivalent. Maybe that’s all you want, so why should you have to pay forty bucks? Just pay five and then you have Thunder. If you buy the $40 pack, there are a couple of other little things you’ll be able to buy, but you’re done. It’s not like there’s some buy coins to unlock thing. That’s why I’ve always said this is not a free-to-play game.

“I like to call it, we’ve just made the world’s most generous demo. And if you want to buy the game as a bunch of little premium DLCs, go ahead. It’s not free-to-play.

Microsoft also plans to release the game in “seasons” adding eight characters to the mix each year. As weird as an idea it is, I actually like it. The real hang-up here though, is how will a gamer know which character they want? If there’s an option to playtest them before committing some cash, then this could work.

Still considering how much of a mark-up next-gen games are probably going to have next year, this could be the cheaper alternative. Provided that our dear president doesn’t make anymore speeches.

Last Updated: August 27, 2013

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