Prices cut by up to 87.5 percent
Rock Paper Shotgun has reported that Origin, EA’s digital distribution platform, is offering large discounts despite Origin senior vice-president David DeMartini recently claiming that such sales “cheapen intellectual property.”
The biggest discount, according to RPS, comes in at a whopping 87.5 percent off of Dragon Age: Origins. Following that are Spore, Darksiders, and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit each with 75 percent off. If that were not enough, Alice: Madness Returns and Darkspore have a 66 percent reduction in price while other titles, such as Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dead Space 2, are on sale for 50 percent off.
The crash price sale is taking place less than two weeks after DeMartini’s interview with Games Industry regarding Valve’s digital platform, Steam. DeMartini commented, “We’re trying to give you a fair price point, and occasionally, there will be things that are on sale you could look for a discount, just don’t look for 75 percent off going-out-of-business sales.”
DeMartini further added, “ We don’t believe in the drop-it-down, spring-it-up, 75 percent off approach, but we’ve got something else that we do believe in that we’ll be rolling out.”
No explanation has been released from either EA or DeMartini regardining this conflicting state of affairs.
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