Yikes.

Gamers Accuse Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 And 2 Of ‘Paywall Controversy’

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 And 2 might be the remake most of us have been waiting for, but fans have hit back at Activision after the company confirmed that the playable demo will be reserved for those who’ve pre-ordered the game.

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Activision has announced that the Warehouse Demo can be played from August 14th (subject to change), which is nearly a month before the release of the main game. That’s pretty exciting to hear – but you’ll only be able to play if you’ve already laid down your cash for the main event.

The confirmation has come under fire from some gamers who believe having a “paywall demo” defeats the point of having a demo at all. Personally, I have to agree there. I’ll download a game demo to test it out, see how it plays and then decide if I want to buy. Not the other way around.

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“Just played the Resident Evil 3 demo. It really sucks how the demo for THPS 1&2’s demo is tied to a preorder but that’s Activision for you,” tweeted one user.

Another gamer replied: “idk why you’d lock a demo for a single level that’s been in like 7 past Tony Hawk games behind a pre-order. Also the whole point of a demo is to try a game BEFORE purchasing it. Seems a little ass backwards here.”

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Another said the locked demo “shows greed,” and can “kick developers.”

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“Don’t hide demos behind a Pre-Order paywall,” ranted one Twitter user. “What a scummy thing to do. People who have pre-ordered have already decided to buy your game. Your demos are supposed to be for people whom are unsure about buying the game yet!”

Sadly, it looks as though the decision may be set in stone. Activision has yet to comment on the controversy.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 And 2 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, September 4.

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