Crytek Says Comments about Next-Gen Consoles Blocking Used Games Weren’t ‘Serious’

You may recall that Crytek director of creative development Rasmus Hojengaard said last week that a next-generation console that was capable of blocking the use of used games would be "awesome." This week the studio is backing away from that statement after fans gave them a piece of their mind. Hojengaard said the following when asked about such a console last week during the conclusion of this C&VG interview:

"From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome. It's weird that [second-hand] is still allowed because it doesn't work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well."

This week he says that his comments weren't meant to be taken seriously. They sure sounded as if they were meant to be taken seriously. Nevertheless, Hojengaard says this week that he was just kidding:

"My comment made in the interview released on the 24th of April, touching upon 'blocking sales of used games', was not intended to be taken seriously nor representative of the opinion of Crytek," he now tells C&VG.

"It's unfortunate that you don't win any awards for most downloaded game," he told PC Gamer, referring to how badly Crysis 2 was pirated. "But yeah, obviously it's something we'd like to address. Certainly people apparently really want to play our games, they just don't wanna buy them. So we'll do what we can, but whatever that's gonna be is hard to say yet."

Source: C&VG

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    Mrxknown_JG says:

    Then you probably aren’t aware of the millions of people that bought Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 on EA’s Origin.

    While older gamers see that as wrong, the more populated youngsters don’t care. They want that next big thing and SecureROM is normal for them.

    They accept it because they want to play the games their friends have. They are the ones making SecureROM acceptable since that’s all they know.

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    Cormic says:

    How about not putting SecureROM DRM in your games and people may actually.. *gasp* BUY you game as opposed to downloading the DRM free version from a torrent.  I find it difficult to understand how game devs and publishers haven't figured out that the gameing community considers SecureROM absolute poison and will refuse to buy a game on just that criteria alone.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    Nothing like putting your foot in your mouth and being shamed for it to make you quickly change positions. The comments were stupid when he said them and his backtracking is stupid as well. 

    I wish some of these companies would just come out and say that they hate their fans. It would be so much easier to ignore them then.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    Sorry but you have made it painfully clear you detest used games and are unwilling to think about the issue as a whole.


    Tho I would not mind seeing 10% of sales go to media agencies that funnel money back into IP owners pockets I just do not see how this helps the devs  any.

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