Bethesda’s Pete Hines has confirmed that there will be no demo for Fallout 3.
Speaking exclusively to Eurogamer in the shape of Kieron Gillen, Hines said there was “no way” to slice a portion of the world off and have it stand on its own.
“When you build it as one thing, there’s no way to portion off a section and have it stand on its own without putting the whole game in the demo, which we’re just not going to do,” said Hines.
“And it doesn’t really capture the fun of a game like an Elder Scrolls or a Fallout, where you can go where you want and do what you want. So no demo, sorry.”
I didn’t buy Fallout when it was released because the demo was unplayable on my computer. On the other hand I’m going to buy The Witcher after playing their great demo, so it’s not something I really like to see being disposed like that.
People enjoyed the Fallout 1 demo? Cool.
Personally, with the magic of hindsight, I think the Fallout 1 demo was a mistake. Looking back, I think my issue with the demo is that it took time away from the actual game we could have used for balance issues and bughunting.
I also didn’t think the demo did a very good job of portraying the actual game. I have had a small measure of regret for the demo ever since we released it. (Insert “I regret nothing!” MST3k joke here!)
But if it helped sell a couple of copies… then I guess it worked. We’ll never know if not releasing the demo, but having a tighter release product, would have resulted in more sales.