You know, even though I have never worked with PR and marketing for famous AAA titles for a big company such as Bethesda. I still understand that it wouldn´t be a really good idea to turn a big (and liked) F2P FPS game such as “Quake live”, into a “10 Euro title” over a night (and especially not one week before a big release of a title such as “Fallout 4”). Sadly enough, that is the current status of “Quake Live”. And not only that, Bethesda has also removed the Linux support for the game as well. And I was just informed that the all player stats are gone too (you can read all about it on Quake Live´s Steam page).
So let me see if I get this straight. Quake Live has been a F2P title since 2010, now it´s a 10 Euro title? And the Linux support and player stats are gone as well? That´s not okay at all. So no wonder why people are really angry at Bethesda at the moment, some Gamers are even cancelling their Fallout 4 pre-orders as your reading this article. And just like I stated earlier, Bethesda ´s timing couldn´t possibly have been any worse in my oppinion. I´m not saying that I´m cool with any of this, nor that I would have accepted these changes later on (because I wouldn´t). However, I think that it´s rather strange that Bethesda rolled out these changes for “Quake Live” so close to the release of “Fallout 4”. I mean, It´s probably not the best of ideas to piss your audience off just one week before you release a big AAA title such as “Fallout 4″… Nevertheless, it´s not everyone who thinks that Bethesda´s changes to Quake Live was a bad thing.
Just take the following comment by Atticus for example (his a steam user and Quake Live player):
“Negative reviews are hilariously misleading with the removal of F2P whining & moaning. What a world we live in today that players prefer an annual $36 subscription more so than a 10 buck game that releases all content and add in mod support. If you enjoyed quake live whether you paid for the sub or not I would guess that, yes, you wanted the sub to access all maps at any given time and here it is for a one time cost of $10 and will probably go on sale at times too. This is what most Quake fans wanted out of QL since it was announced… Not to mention that they gave any existing users that had it on steam with an active account a free copy.” /facepalm – Atticus, via Steam
So what do you guys and girls think about all of this? Did Bethesda do the right or wrong thing in the case with Quake Live?
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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