I love THQ Nordic as a company so far, but this is (I’m just gonna delete the end of this sentence for the sake of everyone here).
Everything about this game and its PR has been a train wreck. As of right now, it’s the only THQ Nordic game in their main lineup that isn’t getting a GOG release. They pushed Denuvo on, then they suddenly dropped Steam altogether.
This screws over EVERYONE who wanted to buy it there. They lose out on all Steam features because they didn’t buy it in time. Now, they either don’t buy it, or they trust a new store with a crappy interface and no community features.
If you DID buy it on Steam, community features will be limited by the game’s virtually non-existent player base there. The whole idea of “saving consumer money” falls flat even if true because not only did the Steam buyers get fully charged, but they bought the game with Denuvo. If Deep Silver was so adamant about saving money, why are they spending it on controversial DRM methods with some noticeable problems compared to post-Denuvo patch counterparts? That’s not even mentioning how extra development resources will now go to making a Steam API version and Epic version… and with limited resources, guess which customers will be first priority? Not the loyal ones that trusted 4A/DS enough to buy the game months early on Steam, that’s for sure!
It has to be said: DS needs to be brought in line. They’ve done some of the scummiest nonsense I’ve seen this generation. I appreciate that THQN is trying to avoid becoming another EA and trying to give them some freedom, but this kind of crap is a huge blow to the goodwill they’ve been earning with customers.
Now for some good news… Resident Evil 7 got Denuvo patched out. I’m kinda disappointed that VR support isn’t there yet, but I might go for it now. Either way, I’m excited to go through more of one of my favorite series, and still going in without too many spoilers.