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11 Apr, 2007

Epic to charge for upcoming Gears maps

360 News | Reluctantly.
Epic Games boss Mark Rein has revealed that his own company and Microsoft weren't entirely united when it came to the decision to charge players for a new Gears of War map pack. Writing on the forums at EvilAvatar.com, Rein explained that Epic would rather not have charged gamers for the new maps, while Microsoft preferred the opposite.

"Epic thinks the way to maximise the return on Gears of War is to give the maps away for free and Microsoft thinks the way to maximise the return on Gears of War is to sell the maps," said Rein, a.k.a Hero of the People. Thus, a solution was reached.

"What we’ve agreed to do is to put these maps on sale at a reasonable price then make them free a few months later," revealed the Epic president. "[Microsoft] did this with the original Halo 2 map pack and it was a huge success. Lots of people bought the maps and lots of people downloaded them when they became free. That’s what is going to happen and it seems like a fair compromise for both companies and a win-win for Gears players.

"Why does Epic not have control over this even though we created this content on our own time and our own dime? Quite frankly Xbox Live Marketplace isn’t our store. It’s Microsoft’s store. Like any retailer they have the right to figure out what goes on the shelves of their store and what price they sell it at," he concluded.

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13 Comments
7 years ago
Understandable. But when are these maps being released?
7 years ago
Must be fun working with Microsoft - people already expect to be violated in the bumbum every now and again from lil billy's company... makes it way easy to shift the blame and be the "good guys" who wanted to give everything away and come out smelling like a rose, icon_wink.gif - here's a thought epic - one assumes you have more control over your retail price for the game yes? drop that down to level where one's wallet doesn't feel so significantly lighter - and THEN charge your "microtransactions" for the maps!

/flamebait
7 years ago
well if everyone just not buy them, it'll be free anyway >.> win/win situation there
7 years ago
BluntNate wrote
here's a thought epic - one assumes you have more control over your retail price for the game yes? drop that down to level where one's wallet doesn't feel so significantly lighter - and THEN charge your "microtransactions" for the maps!

/flamebait
did you read his quote?

no, they don't have control over the price because it's not their store. Microsoft have control over the pricing, and they fought to ensure it'll be released later for free.

personally i'd rather it be like this, than permanently costing a lesser amount. that way i can get it for free, i just have to wait 3 months (or whatever).

of all the developers, Epic have been very vocal about their distaste of after-market micro-transaction charges.
7 years ago
If you can't give the maps away free I say charge 100 points for them. The develop gets a little revenue for time invested in after sales service, the consumer isn't too bitter about the price and early adopters of the maps don't have to feel like an idiot for forking out for something that will be free in a few months.
7 years ago
It depends whether or not you are impatient. I will probably wait for them to become free, it's hard enough to have a game of Raven Down and it was free.
7 years ago
What's wrong with Raven Down?

While I agree that it isn't the best map around, I think it certainly suits the game (and variety in maps) wonderfully. It's fast, it's intense and it's pretty sweet because of it.

As for this news, as I have said in the thread about it in the MS forum I would be willing to pay for these maps I reckon. Especially if they're as good as all the other maps have been.
7 years ago
It seems to me like Epic themselves won't be getting this money, or at least not all of it. If all the cash from microtransactions went to the developer, why the Hell would Microsoft care if Epic don't charge? It certainly wouldn't be a loss in Microsoft's pocket, so my thinking is that Microsoft take a fee for each item sold in the marketplace.
7 years ago
^ yeah, probably like retailers do.
7 years ago
Could this be a reason why the 360 hasn't got a web browser? So that Microsoft CAN monopolize the market and charge for things which developers would normally give for free?

Maybe I'm being too cynical and getting a little too "OHMIGAWD CONSPEERASY THEERE!!1!!1!!1!1!!11!".
7 years ago
If I'm not mistaken, all of the content that is held on the Marketplace is stored on Microsoft servers and as such, they would be paying for the bandwidth and so on. Or at least I assume it would be the case, anyway.
7 years ago
Sin Ogaris wrote
Could this be a reason why the 360 hasn't got a web browser? So that Microsoft CAN monopolize the market and charge for things which developers would normally give for free?

Maybe I'm being too cynical and getting a little too "OHMIGAWD CONSPEERASY THEERE!!1!!1!!1!1!!11!".
Browser is a bad example, they would never Opera or Firefox on there. They will most likely work on a version of IE for it.
7 years ago
Well yeah, I think anyone expecting Microsoft to put Opera or Firefox on their console is laughing their way to the looney bin. Given that Microsoft own the leading web browser then why they failed to implement it within their console is rather peculiar.
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