Sure, used game titles save us a couple bucks, not to mention paying anything less than $59.99 for a software is always a plus. However, while we greatly benefit from purchasing used titles, game developers--who actually made the damn thing we enjoy--doesn't see a single cent in profits from pre-owned title purchases.
Now, to promote the purchases of fresh new titles, Gears of War 2 developer Epic Games will include a one-time use download code into their title, as a "special gift [for] loyal fans" as said by Epic. The Gears of War 2 download code will include five additional multiplayer maps from the original Gears of War and that's the only way to acquire them--no purchases from Xbox Live Marketplace or any other methods.
EA's NBA Live 09's much hyped feature, where stats and rosters will be updated daily for PS3 and 360 users, will only be available for free via a one-time use code with purchase of the new titles. Without the code, the feature will cost $19.99. "This is a very expensive tool to use, and if you don't buy it new, then you'll have to pay for this," said by an EA rep on a forum.
Rock Band 2, published by MTV Games, will give "loyal fans" 20 free downloadable songs for PS3 and 360 users to obtain by the year's end. The recently announce AC/DC Rock Band pack will also support a one-time use code that will allow users to import the tracks off the disc to either Rock Band 1 or 2.
So folks, you dig this new strategy or not? As always, let us know what you think. Gears of War 2 will be out this November 7 for the Xbox 360. NBA Live 09 will be available this October 7 for the PS3, PS2, PSP and Xbox 360. Rock Band 2 is now available for the Xbox 360 and will come out for the PS3 this October 19. The title will come out for the Wii in November.