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CD Projekt: Possibility of an Xbox anti-used game system is “a bad thing”

Tuesday, 7th February 2012 18:31 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

CD Projekt Red has said if rumors regarding the next iteration of Xbox are true, the anti-used game system in the console can only be “a bad thing.”

Speaking with Eurogamer, the firm’s managing director Adam Badowski said the only way to stop consumers from purchasing games used – or pirating for that matter – is to invest more in the product up front.

“We are losing money not because of pirates; we are losing money because people decided not to buy our game,” he said. “We should invest more power to upgrade and polish our products and convince players to keep our products, to be with us, to understand our needs – because we are an independent developer, we have to prevent lay-offs, we need to grow up and have the power to create new games.

“We want to be treated fairly. Most hardcore and hardware solutions will be OK for short periods, but a strong relationship with players, with customers, can change the situation. And for us, this is a better way.”

The firm’s head of marketing Michał Platkow-Gilewski added that should Microsoft take away a player’s “free will” by implementing such a system into the next console, it could back fire in the end after the initial foray.

“Our players – gamers – they make their choices,” he said. “They want to keep with us because they believe our product is worth it, is worth keeping on their shelves, even if they ended the game two or three times already. And they are doing this because they have free will, and if we cancel that, maybe that will be good for business, but if someone forced me to keep the game even if I didn’t want it, it’s against my will.

“We want to do as much as possible for our players, our gamers. We don’t want to force anyone. It’s like we did with DRM-free: we give them freedom and we believe they will stay with us.”

While rumors persist regarding what is and what isn’t induced in the next iteration of Xbox, one developer seems to think the possibility of an anti-used system is a good idea, and that’s Volition.

We’ll only find out for sure whether such a system is in place or not when Microsoft feel’s it’s time to announce a new console.

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  1. IL DUCE

    No surprise coming from a PC developer that hasn’t even put a game out on sonsole yet! I’m sure he’ll be singing a different tune if The Witcher 2 sales on X Box aren’t up to par…first of all, eliminating the used games market would bring more money in to make better games if you make a game worth buying…and secondly, there are people out there who just pirate to be dicks no matter how good of a game it is…its more of a habit rather than something people do b/c they don’t believe the game is worth buying…pirates will always be pirates and the industry was fine w/o used games sales being as big as they are now…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    @1 So given that the industry is still fine with used games sales where they are, there’s really no reason to act against that, is there?

    Okay then!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. IL DUCE

    @2 I’m just saying his reasoning of developer’s making better games and putting more money up front could possibly be helped by the elimination of used games…plus with the online passes half the time make buying used worthless as well as the price difference at times being 5-10 bucks…I just think its wrong for retailers to reap the benefits, plus if gamers didn’t know any better everyone would be none the wiser but the used games market has essentially created a monster that people will cry foul if its taken away…essentially its a rental service except u pay 30 bucks per game if u beat something in a week and trade it in…and its highway robbery half the time…they give you 20 bucks for a game that they sell for 50, and that’s when they’re having trade-in bonuses

    #3 2 years ago
  4. IL DUCE

    But I understand both sides…just don’t see what GameStop is doing for the industry to make it better…but to the devs/publishers its possible unrealized revenue and I’m for whatever has less studios closing and better games being put out…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    @1, The company are a massive Publisher of console games in Poland, they know what they’re talking about.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    @3 What benefits do you feel that retailers are getting? The only ones making any real money today are the ones who don’t have rent and cashiers to pay.

    If people weren’t buying games new, then it stands to reason that there wouldn’t be any used games being circulated.

    If people saw actual value in holding on to games, if they were objects to be treasured, then it stands to reason that this problem would be even more of a non-issue.

    It’s more a case of publishers wanting absolutely every penny they can get, and less about anyone suffering.

    Brick and mortar is morta(r)ly wounded. It’s only a question of time before the market belongs to a very select few, and those likely still won’t be able to offer the same prices as the online ones.

    #6 2 years ago