With the announcement of Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition just a few days ago, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford took to twitter to answer a few questions about the game. An interesting tidbit that came from these interactions was a discussion about those who own the original version of the game on PC.
Certain remasters of old games turn into an upgrade option for those who don’t want to purchase a title they own a second time. Unfortunately that won’t be the case for people who invested in Bulletstorm when it came to Steam and other PC distribution channels.
The long and short of it is that Gearbox, who are helping the original developers People Can Fly with the nextgen version, don’t own the older rights to the game. And if they don’t control that aspect of the IP, that means they can only work with the Full Clip Edition and nothing else.
It’s an understandable situation for the two studios but it’s unfortunate for people who bought the original. Right now the preorder for the remaster is $49.99 USD (without the 15% discount) whereas the first version goes for $19.99 USD on Steam. And with the constant sales on the platform, older games like Bulletstorm are often targeted with good deals.
It seems like this entire remastering of this older property (2011) is aimed at people like myself who never had a chance to experience this crazy FPS universe. An inclusion of all the DLC, new modes, and the ability to play through as the iconic Duke Nukem doesn’t seem enough to warrant paying over double the price of the original for old adopters of the series.
Either way, it’s good to see less recognizable IPs getting a second chance, especially when they’re as unique as Bulletstorm. My hope is that Gearbox does more with the rights that they do own rather than putting those characters in different games. The wounds have mostly healed from Duke Nukem: Forever. Mostly.