I personally think the game should be free

Just because a game is on the market for 6 years isn’t a good reason to request it to be free.
Games are like any other product, but people seem to put games into a different category since they are often sold as downloadable content.
You wouldn’t ask Porsche to make 911 for free since it’s been on the market a long time :slight_smile:

I also can’t remember any game that went from being paid for to being free.


Why would a game suddenly be free after 6 years?

I’m sure by the time they would make it “free” fans would be outraged.

Simply because they payed $5 of this game, only realizing that 6 years later its free.

Edit: Just noticed I mistyped “Played” instead of “Payed”


Don’t think people will be outraged if this game will ever be “free”.
There are plenty of products that are so much cheaper years later.
Nothing wrong to pay full price for a new product.

Maybe they should release an old version of the game engine for free… You know… Like in the game? :slight_smile:

True such as H1Z1, it became free too

I’m pretty sure GDT doesn’t use a game engine, its just pure JS

only game i can think of is the Save the World mode that is now paid and will be free next year. But thats a gamemode and it has a notification that it will be free to potential buyers

I’m not understanding why the OP thinks the game should be free just because it’s been out 6 years.

Case in point, I’d really like The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. That game came out 16 years ago, yet should I decide to get it, I would still need to pay £12.99 to get it, even though it first came out in 2002.

And that’s a game from an AAA developer and publisher who could probably afford to make it free if they wanted to. Greenheart Games are a small indie developer, and continued purchases of this game is what keeps them going.

Just because you currently can’t afford it doesn’t mean the game should be free.

It’ll be free this year

Oh yeah, that was just me thinking its still 2017…

Haha nope

I paid for it, however what I don’t think that’s fair is that they are charging for the Android game even for those who purchased the game via Steam, people should receive a free code for Android/iOS.

lol i know this is a bit of an old thread, but imma say it.
here is a business lesson bud, a company needs to make money in order to succeed. if it doesn’t the company flops.
simple as that. they file for bankruptcy and no more games from them.
so they can’t make the game free. it’s successful and i don’t think green heart needs to or wants to let go of game dev tycoon.

When we developed the mobile version we really wanted to say thanks to our current PC owners too and that’s why we decided not just to port the game to mobile but also add new content and then add that same new content (piracy mode, new platform and topics) to the existing PC version. We also did substantial updates to the UI which all took us months to do. All these updates where released absolutely free of charge to PC:

There are several reasons why we did not give away the Android/iOS version for free but the most important once are:

  1. The Android/iOS version isn’t just us pressing a button and publishing the game on mobile. It took a collaboration with the talented developers at Rarebyte and around 190,000 USD to create the port.
  2. It’s incredibly hard to verify ownership on all distribution channels on PC. It’s also not easy to give access to the mobile version en-masse to people and probably would violate several T&C’s anyway. We’d essentially need a totally different system to verify and cross-enable purchases. A system we’d have to hire talent and manage an entirely new project for.
  3. If we give PC players mobile for free, why not mobile to PC? But mobile pricing is half of that on PC due to market pressure. How is that fair?
  4. What if we then spend even more money to port to other/newer platforms? Why would we invest to widen the platforms if with every platform we have fewer and fewer people who would pay for it?
  5. How can we get app store visibility if large parts of the playerbase don’t register as purchases? We likely wouldn’t have been in the charts at all.

There are dozens more reasons but the bottom line is if we couldn’t have charged the already cheap price (5USD or lower) on mobile to everyone who wants to play it, we wouldn’t have risked porting the game at all.

They all work for that, so it’s okay for me to pay money. Sometime, sale is a great ideal though.

because i thought it wasn’t finished yet at the time

also i pirated it at the end but then my laptop broke and yeah

@ActualCodex dude, they can just add some dlc and expansion packs and get money, might not work the same but people will still enjoy the game and if they want to, they could donate to greenheart

yes, i am guilty of getting the game for free

i mean

it had a reason but ok i guess

I do not think so, there are people who will be outraged because in 6 years it is free
I also didn’t see any case that was free because of antiquity

its up to the devs if they wanted it to be free, but tbh if they made it free im 100% sure that

in app purchases will be a reality. oh god.