Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix released Shadow of the Tomb Raider back in September to mostly positive reviews. However, the game has recently been the target of the community-driven act or review-bombing. It is also for a rather interesting reason. So what happened?
Good, Shadow of the Tomb Raider received a discount of 34% on Steam on October 16th. That was only a month away from the release date of September 14, for which the game was launched at $ 59.99. According to GameInformer, this is the cause of the negative feedback through review-bombing.
In short, after the 34% discount on the price separation was made public, gamers became angry about the reality that they were paying the full price for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. If in theory they would have been able to wait only a single month to get the game with a third of the prize they had collected.
It may seem like an unimportant thing, but if you put $ 60 in the game on day one, to find out that it will be marked shortly after the release, many people would fail. Especially if they have too little money and have saved some money to buy another game Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or Red Dead Redemption 2.
The general feeling among gamers is that the so-gameplay, mixed with the rather fast price drop, has caused fans to feel as if they have been burned. So, the sudden revival of the review lambasting.
I wonder if Square Enix would have saved itself a share of users' refund if the company had just launched the game for just $ 39.99 instead of the full $ 60. A lower price might be enough to convince gamers to give Shadow of the Tomb Raider an honest attempt without feeling guilty about the purchase, even if there was a discount of 10% or 15% a month later.
To be sure, there are also some legitimate complaints about the actual gameplay. Many people feel like Shadow of the Tomb Raider was a step back from the more extensive, open range of offers Rise of the Tomb Raider. There were also people complaining that they did not like the fact that Lara was pictured in the last episode, which was only aggravated because the complaints about the game price drop were so short after its release.
Some people think that the negative reactions to the game are unfair to the developers. Others have the feeling that some people have the right to be angry that they have paid the full price for the game in order to be able to take the game weeks later. It is a spiky situation, because Square wanted to make as much bankruptcy as possible.
However, if sales during the first launch did not perform as well, the company may have felt compelled to lower the price to attract as many customers as possible before the other fall dropped heavy hitters. Let's not forget that Battlefield V and the Let's go Pokemon games are also released in November. That timing makes it even harder for a game like Shadow of the Tomb Raider stand out.