Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Why you shouldn't buy games at launch

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Why you shouldn't buy games at launch

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Why you shouldn't buy games at launch

For the past week, Shadow of the Tomb Raider has been available on PC with a 34% discount on Steam, representing a colossal saving on the game's PC version. While this discount is not available at the time of writing it highlights a common trend amongst AAA games, one which calls into question why PC gamers should buy games on launch day. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider released on September 14th on all platforms, little more than a month ago. Making the game's 34% discount seem a lot like an "early adopter tax". Yes, it can be fun to be an early adopter, to be the person talking you your friends or your favourite online community about the latest and greatest games, but when it comes to value for money, even waiting for as little as a month can reward you with tremendous savings on PC.

On top of the financial reasons, it is also worth noting that post-launch patches can be transformative for games, addressing bugs while otherwise polishing the game for future players. PC gamers also have the benefits of frequent driver updates, which promise to increase game stability and performance over time, acting as yet another reason for PC gamers to play the waiting game.    

In this recent Shadow of the Tomb Raider promotion, PC gamers could save over £15 in the UK, which is more than enough to make the wait worth considering. Even those who missed this sale will only have to wait until next month's Steam Autumn sale, which is sure to offer the same discount. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Why you shouldn't buy games at launch

While there are perks to being an early player in one of the latest games, value-conscious consumers should be willing to wait a little while for a good offer to reveal itself. In this regard, some publishers are better than others. Last year, Bethesda sold Wolfenstein: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2 with staggering 50% discount within two months of their respective releases, revealing exactly how much money can be saved for a relatively short wait. 

Over the past week, Shadow of the Tomb Raider has been review bombed on Steam after the game's 34% discount came into effect, revealing how price-sensitive the gaming market can be. 

Those who are interested in Shadow of the Tomb Raider should read our PC performance review for the game. 

You can join the discussion on the pitfalls of buying games at launch on the OC3D Forums

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22-10-2018, 14:20:21

I pretty much always pay that at launch so I get the savings and get to play at launchQuote

22-10-2018, 14:37:15

I paid less than that for the croft version at launchQuote

22-10-2018, 19:09:54

To be fair, this seems to be the norms for all new releases published by Square-Enix. Hitman, Deus Ex, Final Fantasy XII and XV, previous Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest, etc. They all follow the same pattern where 3 to 4 weeks after release they will already be on sale up to 50%.

That can even be true for PS4 games, I remember FFXV being 40$ even 3 weeks after release (Physical on Amazon). Noticing that trend, I stopped buying SE games on release OR to be fair, you can probably get a permanent 25%+ discounts on legit 3rd party websites too for steam keys.Quote

22-10-2018, 19:55:54

It is almost never a good thing to preorder a game. It will probably be buggy. Look at that. A HotFix? That has never happened before. In the time they release proper patches (1-2 weeks) it will be on sale. So if you w8 a bit, you get better gaming experience for less money. It is win-win.Quote

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