You'll Still Have To Buy Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Even If You Own Bulletstorm

Probably goes without saying, but here you have it. 

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If you already own Bulletstorm and were hoping you'd automatically get an upgrade to Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, the Pitchford's got you again. It's not going to happen.

The remastered version is going to be released for both PC and consoles, and because it's a simple remaster with a bit of adde content, fans assumed that Gearbox might be in the business of offering it for free or at the very least some sort of upgrade to those who had already purchased the game before when it originally released.

Gearbox head Randy Pitchford was quick to shoot that down, tweeting to users asking about if the upgrade would come for free that it couldn't happen: "Not possible – completely different publisher, era, platform (they were Games for Windows only), product/sku, etc."

It makes sense, of course, so if that's something that will keep you from picking up this copy you may want to keep that in mind. I bought the original game when it first came out, and now I'm really questioning whether I want a second copy just for Duke. He's one of my favorite characters and all, but I don't know if I can justify another copy of Bulletstorm when it was pretty disappointing to begin with. What do you think?

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    December 6, 2016 12:44 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, You'll Still Have To Buy Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Even If You Own Bulletstorm

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      December 6, 2016 12:48 PM

      Gearbox gon Gearbox

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      December 6, 2016 12:51 PM

      It makes sense that it's not free, but their pricing is fairly high ($50) for a slight upgrade of a 5 year old game that bombed in the first place. And forcing people to pay extra for the Duke stuff on top of that if they don't pre-order is straight up garbage.

      It's gonna bomb again but that's okay, seems like they want it to.

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        December 6, 2016 1:13 PM

        I personally think the only reason it bombed is because the PC version was a horrible port.. It was a fun shooter but in no way is it a fucking 50 dollar shooter this day and age, you can still buy it for 20 bucks on Steam!

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          December 6, 2016 1:14 PM

          The original was far from a horrible port, except GFWL

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            December 6, 2016 1:20 PM

            The encrypted config files made for simple unreal engine tweaks like fov adjustment a total pain in the ass.

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              December 6, 2016 7:39 PM

              Pain in the ass? I thought it made them impossible?

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                December 6, 2016 8:33 PM

                Someone eventually made a tool that allowed you to decrypt the ini files, change values, then save and encrypt them again so the game recognized the changes. It worked but was annoying for dialing down the right settings for certain things like mouse sensitivity and fov because you had to go through this process for every little adjustment.

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              December 7, 2016 5:07 AM

              Same for Mass Effect series.

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            December 6, 2016 1:21 PM

            It had some annoying settings they hide behind encryption, the mouse sensitivity and FOV mostly.

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              December 6, 2016 5:32 PM

              True, I just didn't have issues with the mouse settings, but FOV was slightly cramped.

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        December 6, 2016 1:13 PM

        It's 40 on steam

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          December 6, 2016 1:19 PM

          That's a pre-order discount. $49 normally + $x for the Duke DLC once it actually launches. The DLC page for it does not have a price yet, though. If they're doing $50 for the game it's probably gonna be $15 for the DLC.

          But I'd say even $40 is too much if they want to sell an underdog like this again and want it to make a splash.

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        December 6, 2016 1:17 PM

        Lol I didn’t even realize that the Duke stuff was pre-order only! What a joke...

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          December 6, 2016 1:37 PM

          It's pretty silly considering it's the one new hook they baked up for this release. They're dumb not to include it for everyone as an incentive to buy or rebuy the same game again.

          They must have assumed more people would show up and pre-order it for the Duke stuff because it's included then and at a slight discount, but there's no way any of this is gonna sell with frequency separately until it's finally on bundled together in some deep discount steam sales after the fact. Which may be sooner rather than later if it ends up not selling that great at launch.

          It makes for some good word of mouth and a bump in the charts when people see 75% off a recently released game and its premium dlc. Maybe that's what they're going for with this $50 price tag? IDK

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          December 6, 2016 4:44 PM

          Oh wtf. That's bullshit :(

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          December 6, 2016 5:17 PM

          I assume they'll offer it as paid DLC later. Can't ignore a cash grab opportunity like that forever.

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            December 6, 2016 5:19 PM

            Oh yeah they definitely will. If there's any time I'd end up buying this it would be when the game is <$20 and the DLC will probably be <$10

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          December 6, 2016 5:24 PM

          They seem to think Duke has any real value as an IP since it hasn't had a good game release since Duke 3D. Duke is kind of like a shitty B-tier sonic these days

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            December 6, 2016 5:31 PM

            Hey, that's not nice to Sonic

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            December 6, 2016 5:34 PM

            I'd be curious to see what the purchasing stats are on that Duke 3D rerelease. I can't imagine they sold that many copies, especially after people found out that it's apparently not as good as the Megaton edition that came out years ago.

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        December 6, 2016 8:01 PM

        gearbox is run by incompetents

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          December 6, 2016 8:02 PM

          the game does not at all need a rerelease or duke nukem. no one gives a fuck about duke nukem in the year 2016

          the game needs a patch

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        December 6, 2016 11:26 PM

        That's just mega-retarded.

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        December 7, 2016 5:11 AM

        It's high at 50 but should drop soon enough

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      December 6, 2016 1:08 PM

      Makes sense not to give it away for free but the price tag is not reasonable, we've seen call of juarez gunslinger being released for $15 and the game was perfect from all aspects

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      December 6, 2016 1:11 PM

      Almost worth the cost just to not have all the GFWL crap infesting it. Almost.

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        December 6, 2016 8:09 PM

        I am really having trouble thinking of another game that required consumers to pay for the removal of or to gain access to a separate version without Games for Windows Live after GFWL collapsed.

        I guess things like retail box Fallout 3?

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        December 6, 2016 10:10 PM

        $50? Hell no.

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      December 6, 2016 1:19 PM

      On the other hand, I don't have to buy another copy of Bulletstorm at all.

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      December 6, 2016 2:03 PM

      Not having ANY upgrade goodwill seems like a poor choice. Having the Duke lines be separate DLC seems like a terrible choice.

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      December 6, 2016 2:14 PM

      Gotta recoup that Battleborn cash somehow...

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        December 6, 2016 7:49 PM

        They didn't have another dev to throw under the bus for *that* one.

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      December 6, 2016 2:14 PM

      Fun game, but not fun enough to buy it again

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      December 6, 2016 2:16 PM

      Seeing the original bulletstorm hit the $10 bin relatively quickly, I would imagine that things will be very similar here.

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        December 6, 2016 5:07 PM

        Got mine for $5 on Steam shortly after it came out. Haven't played it though.

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      December 6, 2016 5:02 PM

      I guess they have to try to make money somehow.. still, they are going downhill fast since BL

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      December 6, 2016 5:40 PM

      I don't have to do Jack shit!

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      December 6, 2016 6:24 PM

      Best of luck Gearbox. I'm going to stick with my existing Steam copy.

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      December 6, 2016 7:00 PM

      $5 and under Steam sale or no deal. I already bought this shitty game once. The novelty of playing it with Duke is the only interest I have and that could have been accomplished with mods if this shitty game had any support/hadn't been a commercial failure upon first release.

      I'm not as anti Pitchford/Gearbox as most people are but they have little desire to foster goodwill among their customers. I get that there's costs to recoup and profits to be made but a little bit of love goes a long way.

      For instance: had Duke World Tour gave even a small discount to owners of the vastly superior Megaton Edition, I most likely would have bought it. And that might have even got me to say "You know, Bulletstorm kinda sucked but I'd be up for seeing if Duke makes it suck less" and buy the Full Clip edition, even if there was no discount. Or vice versa: had the lesser-than Duke World Tour been full price but existing owners of Bulletstorm got something other than the finger, I might have softened my stance and bought World Tour.

      I would have hoped that their VP of Marketing would have a better understanding of how to rebuild a damaged/weakened IP from a tarnished company, but that's doesn't seem to be the case.

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      December 6, 2016 8:00 PM

      Again, I point out Darksiders Warmastered Edition. Completely different publisher and a different era yet they gave it away for free to current owners. Which is not and should not be the expected standard, but they did it just a few days ago, and you know, especially with that in direct view $50+Duke DLC seems pretty steep, even the flat $42.50 to pre-order is tough to swallow.

      Also, Games for Windows Live as "platform" is just an excuse, most everyone else patched that trash out ages ago because it was the right thing to do, even Iron Brigade managed to do it and that game probably lost money.

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      December 6, 2016 8:29 PM

      Excited to get this on PS4 (loved the PS3 version) and I'm jazzed for the Duke Nukem content, but I'm not excited about the price point. Also wtf is up with the PC release? Is it just a licensing thing that prevents them from simply taking over and patching the previous one?

      Gearbox needs to get better at communicating this kind of stuff with their target audience :(

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      December 7, 2016 4:59 AM

      For fuck sake, I just bought this last week in the Steam sale,

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      December 7, 2016 6:34 AM

      Well then I'll just play the Bulletstorm I already have.

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