Should you buy games at launch?

Just wait and save, simple.

Should you buy games at launch?

Should you buy games at launch?

While it is nice to be an early adopter, it is undeniable that a little waiting can often reward you with some extra value for money, especially within the gaming market. 

Over 2017 large game sales/price reduction have gotten closer to launch than ever before raising one simple question. Why buy games at launch? 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 a discount as high as 50%.

Now the Steam Autumn Sale has started and every major PC gaming storefront has their own equivalent sale, taking advantage of Thanksgiving and Black Friday to sell as many products as possible at reduced pricing. These sales include games that are as little as one month old with heavy discounts, making value conscious gamers kick themselves at the money they lost by not simply waiting. 
Below is a list of several AAA game releases, highlighting the price each of these games launched at, the date they launch on PC and today's price at major gaming storefronts like Steam or Battle.net. 


GameRealese DateLaunch PriceToday's PriceStorefront
Project Cars 221/9/2017£44.99£26.99 (40% Off)Steam
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War10/10/2017£44.99£26.99 (40% Off)Steam
The Evil Within 212/10/2017£39.99£19.99 (50% Off)Steam
Destiny 224/10/2017£44.99£29.24 (35% Off)Battle.net
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus26/10/2017£39.99£19.99 (50% Off)Steam
Assassin's Creed: Origins27/10/2017£49.99£41.49 (17% Off)Steam

(We don't even need to go to key resellers to find prices this low) 


Other benefits of waiting (aside from price reductions)

On PC one of the biggest benefits of waiting is the possibility of enhanced performance or stability, be it with new game updates or driver changes. Assassin's Creed: Origins' patch 1.03 offered users a significant increase in the game's CPU performance, Nvidia's new Geforce 388.31 driver has a significant impact on Destiny 2's performance and Wolfenstein II suffered from a range of stability issues at launch. 

Around a month after the release of all three of these games on PC, with PC gamers being rewarded with both a lower price and a better gameplay experience for their wait. None of these games have somehow gotten worse after launch.  

If you are a value conscious gamer who wants their money to go further, simply waiting is the best thing you can do when it comes to new releases. Yes, some publishers are unlikely to shift their prices this close to launch, but these examples showcase exactly how much can be saved here. 

You can join the discussion on post-launch game sale events on the OC3D Forums

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Most Recent Comments

23-11-2017, 06:43:02

TBH I don't buy games at launch anymore after being F'd over by EA/Dice. My only exception has been to support Star Citizen.Quote

23-11-2017, 06:46:03

Nope nope and nope.

Better to wait a few months until the game has been updated, Bugs fixed, Game polished and price dropped a bit.Quote

23-11-2017, 08:31:25

Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Nope nope and nope.

Better to wait a few months until the game has been updated, Bugs fixed, Game polished and price dropped a bit.
Very much THIS.Quote

23-11-2017, 08:39:20

I haven't paid retail on a game for years apart from maybe one per year; the last few I can remember were Forza Horizon 3, Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Grand Theft Auto V.

All the other games I've bought in that time have been on deep sales; I don't ever really pay more than £15 for game and honestly with how things are going in the industry I likely won't buy a launch title ever again. I've got a huge back-catalogue to play as it is!

One of the benefits of hating multiplayer I guess; I don't need the latest games to keep up with a playerbase.Quote

23-11-2017, 09:36:37

Also take into account if you wait long enough, you can get a game of the year or ultimate edition with all DLC for pennies on the dollar. It might take a year, but you save a ton over people that bought it at launch, and then paid for all the DLC.Quote

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