The finger wag from the Days Gone director about buying games at launch for full price kinda reminds me of a few years back when Capcom was making horrible decisions and greenlighting bad ideas for games. I recall some executive saying something about the spin off action-oriented Resident Evil games (Operation Racoon City / Umbrella Corps crap) being made because RE5 and RE6 were highly successful action games and they expected those to sell equally as well due to the genre.
They also made a quasi threat around the cheap Devil May Cry HD port to PS4/PC saying like, "the future of the franchise hangs in these sales."
That kind of guilting and handcuffing fans isn't what developers or publishers should be doing. Just let them buy it at their own merit and pace. Some people stop gaming for decades at a time, then come back to it. I'd hate to find out they cancelled a series I love because I was too busy with life to buy it right away.
Ultimately, if you want me to buy a game at launch you need to completely sell me on it. Days Gone should consider itself lucky launching in Q1 2019 among other single player games and before the Fall / Christmas rush.
Back in the day there were multiple games in the same genre launching at the same date head to head, vying for your dollar:
- NBA Live vs NBA2K vs NBA The Inside
- Guitar Hero vs Rock Band
- Call of Duty vs Battlefield vs Halo
- FIFA vs PES
- Gran Turismo vs Forza
I think if a game like Days Gone only has x-amount of fans, then why get pissy at them for the cancellation of the series cause they didn't buy it right away. So shortsighted.