★ TouchArcade needs your help. Click here to support us on Patreon.

Gone are the days of free updates?

01-27-2012, 01:26 PM
#1
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: York - United Kingdom
Posts: 1,141
Gone are the days of free updates?

Just wanna hear if anyones started to question the amount of games that now have extra levels though IAP?
As IOS gamers we are all used to paying for games and get used to free updates each month or after several months in form of extra content etc
But lately a few games now have extra content through IAP
Rage-first real update and after paying full price at launch-paying extra for IAP is bit of a cheek?
Scribblenaughts-extra levels
And now Wheres my Water...

How long will it be before developers cotton on to this way of trying to get more money?will we now see Angry Birds content only IAP ;( who knows...

Check out my new website for everything Vita!!
please follow me on TWITTER
Am i man? or a very manly muppet??
01-27-2012, 01:33 PM
#2
Quote:
Originally Posted by mashead2000 View Post
Just wanna hear if anyones started to question the amount of games that now have extra levels though IAP?
As IOS gamers we are all used to paying for games and get used to free updates each month or after several months in form of extra content etc
But lately a few games now have extra content through IAP
Rage-first real update and after paying full price at launch-paying extra for IAP is bit of a cheek?
Scribblenaughts-extra levels
And now Wheres my Water...

How long will it be before developers cotton on to this way of trying to get more money?will we now see Angry Birds content only IAP ;( who knows...
As 1 dev out of 50,000 we're still giving free content updates. I don't think they'll be going away, especially since updates are refreshing your position in 'new apps' nowadays.

Looking for a writer? PM me

Game Designer of:
Family Feud Matches Gaming with a side of Matchmaking!
Family Feud 2 My First Huge Apple Feature!
Pickpawcket
And more!

01-27-2012, 01:35 PM
#3
Joined: May 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 2,375
Send a message via AIM to SkyMuffin Send a message via Yahoo to SkyMuffin
Given the price vs. amount of content, I'm usually pretty okay with IAPs for more stuff. I feel like the competitive market is already pretty slanted towards very low profits for indie devs, and as users we get a lot of content for very little.

The one thing that irks me is when a dev releases a game with X + Y content, and then in the next update, they suddenly make Y no longer free, instead requiring an IAP. That just feels really shady.

Now, free updates to fix game-breaking bugs...that's a whole other story. Way too many devs (especially big ones like SquareEnix, Namco, and Gameloft) skimping on that, often taking months without any real communication to their users in between.
01-27-2012, 02:32 PM
#4
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 2,481
Smurfs village
Angry Birds
Pocket God
Dead Rising
MiniGore
Tilt to Live
7 Little Words

To name but a few big games that regularly do proper updates.

In fact, I've got 160 updates sitting in my AppStore

If something online is free, you are not the customer - you are the product.

Last edited by lord-sam; 01-27-2012 at 02:39 PM.
01-27-2012, 02:44 PM
#5
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: York - United Kingdom
Posts: 1,141
Minigore? Deleted that after over 6months of no updates lol

Check out my new website for everything Vita!!
please follow me on TWITTER
Am i man? or a very manly muppet??
01-27-2012, 05:35 PM
#6
Joined: May 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 2,375
Send a message via AIM to SkyMuffin Send a message via Yahoo to SkyMuffin
Quote:
Originally Posted by mashead2000 View Post
Minigore? Deleted that after over 6months of no updates lol
minigore is terrible, updates or no updates
01-27-2012, 08:34 PM
#7
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 877
You have GOTto be kidding me??

Where's my water? WHERES MY WATER? by Disney?
Theyre acting like a charity giving us hours of entertainment and many free updates for just 99c?? Are you kidding! Where's my water is one of the games I've been so proud of..it's games like that with high polish, innovative and heaps of levels, constantly updated, etc..I would buy any IAP they throw my way in an instant! Just so I don't feel so rude..I feel like they are bloody giving tree or something, they keep giving and giving, and we keep taking and taking..they even gave this game away for free over christmas..and now they ask for a measly 99c for another 50 levels (which will most likely expand to like 100 levels if going by their other updates is anything to go by)

The consumer is the winner, not the dev..the devs are getting a measly 99c from us. YET THE CONSUMER STILL COMPLAINS? we are spoilt as..it's turning people into greedy snobs.

I wish there was a donate button on WMW because I'd donate more, I feel guilty taking more levels from them seriously.


And scribblenauts..yeah I have mixed feelings about that...only because I paid $5 for it, then they reduced it to $1 a month later..which is a little annoying..but even at $5 it's still a bargain, it's just I think devs should try to reward their early adopters..not punish them..but it seems in the iOS world that's the way to go..squeeze the most money they can then drop the price to 99c.. That's why I really respect where's my water..there's no money grubbing there, just pure fun gameplay, lots of content etc..so in some ways, I agree with the OP, but where's my water definitely isn't on that list, in my opinion.
01-27-2012, 09:56 PM
#8
Joined: Nov 2011
Location: LA
Posts: 1,061
It's actually a separate game that's option because I think they said they were still going to update the original as well..
01-27-2012, 10:04 PM
#9
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Upstate NY/USA
Posts: 2,409
I'm still downloading free updates to a big assortment of games that contain lots extra levels of plays each week.
Be nice if it stays this way.

Last edited by Coldar; 01-27-2012 at 10:07 PM. Reason: corrected wording