Shadowrun Returns Backers Reject Exclusive Content

I find this fascinating.  Having just crossed the million dollar mile marker, the Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter was just updated to say that if it reaches $1.5 million, developer Harebrained Schemes will build a special mission exclusive to backers as a thank you.  A thoughtful gesture for sure but the comments show that backers are overwhelmingly against the idea.

"I'd rather everyone have access to these missions… I didnt back this game for exclusives i backed to get a game that I know i will enjoy and nothing else." -Brian Bleach

"This game should be whole and complete for anyone cool enough to purchase it. Just because they couldn't commit the money right now to the creation of the project doesn't mean they don't deserve to have the amazing tie-in shadowrun when it goes live!" -Jerry Gundry

"I'm all for extra bonus content, but not too keen on the exclusivity. I don't need to see other people deprived of something to enjoy it myself." -Luke DeVries

"As a backer I can say I'm not very interested in "Backer Only" content. Feels like that "Exclusive DLC" thing that stores like Gamestop and Amazon do. I really feel that goes against the reasons I play games. If you're going to make something extra in the game, make it available to everyone. No one likes to feel left out and I don't think gaming is the venue where I need to feel like I'm being favored by the developer." -Carl Albright

"Like many other people I am all for the additional mission, but I think it'd be best if it wasn't backer exclusive. I'm sure there are thousands of die-hard Shadowrun fans out there who WOULD donate, but just don't know about this yet. It'd be unfortunate that they miss out because of circumstance." -Andrew Harvey

You know, sometimes I just love the gamer community.

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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    Craig R. says:

    As a backer of this game (my first backing of a Kickstarter project) I had missed this particular update.

    I backed the project because I look forward to the game. I don't mind exclusives that aren't the game – the digital and/or hardcover anthology, the wallpapers, and the more lucrative stuff at higher levels.

    But I also agree with the sentiment that I don't want or need exclusive game content that others will not be able to get. I don't mind DLC and the like, but I want everybody to have a fair chance at any and all material that's actually going to be in the game.

    The whole exclusives have been a headache for years anyways: "Buy Game X from Best Buy and get an exclusive! But if you buy it from Wal-Mart, you get a different exclusive! Yes, that means you should buy our game twice because we're jackasses!"

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    Michael Chandra says:

    Yeah, I had the same idea, told my brother (since he was the one that donated for us two) to send them a note. I think Harebrained had the same realization, because they're still wondering on how to add that tier to paypal.

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    Michael Chandra says:

    Got to agree that I don't like the sound of that, really.

    They did one other thing that kinda sucks balls: They added an extra pledge-tier out of nowhere. No problem for normal pledgers, but with Paypal there's no way to switch from 1 tier to another. Sure, we accepted that we'd get the current tier, but that was before knowing there might be another tier later on. Kinda sucks that I get punished for paypalling so soon, by not being able to add 25 bucks for the dogtags.

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    Hmm… sounds like that didn't go over so well. I wonder if they'll still do it, or if they'll expand it to other sources. Like pre-orders, or a free post launch update.

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    lordlundar says:

    I'm thankful that backers are getting annoyed at this.

    Kickstarter is largely a "support your indie developer so they can make games that everyone can enjoy", yet actions like this are essentially saying "we're going to bribe you into gaining support" which puts them on the same level of dickhead attitudes that the big publishers are infamous for.

    A lot of indie guys avoid the big publishers for this very attitude. Why would they suddenly want to be like them?

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