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If this rumor is true this has got to be the best marketing plan for a game i have seen yet.

 

Imagine how many potential copies of Star Wars:Battlefront could be sold if a demo is included with possibly (probably) the most popular and anticiipated DVD trilogy set ever. Even if a fraction of the people who get the trilogy purchase the game, it would still be a very, VERY big seller.

 

I would think that very little additional cost would have to be put forth to include a demo of the game with the set. Certainly one hell of a distribution channel.

 

Someone at Lucas Arts had there thinking cap straight when they came up with this brilliant idea to expose the game.

 

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This is not the first time this has happened. Other DVDs had done things like this. As a matter of fact, when the 2-Disc Independence Day first came out on DVD a few years ago (I'm not talking about the recent re-release), they included a link to an online Multiplayer game that you could play for free for a limited time on the 2nd disc as well as a full game called "Get off my Planet". I never played 'em though. So something like this isn't new.

 

I plan on buying the Star Wars DVDs in September. If rumors of a Battlefront demo being included turns out to be true--great. Because then I will be able to play it because my brother has an X-Box. But I really rather have a PC demo since I'm not a console player.

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Very clever indeed! i agree its an amazing marketing trick from which only good can come :p

 

Of course, if the demo turns out to be a stinker, then it won't be such a hot idea - since all the casual Star Wars fans that give it a try will be turned off.

 

I believe that the Dungeons & Dragons DVD came with a demo of Baldur's Gate 2, but I'm not sure how many people that attracted to the game, considering as the movie was horrid.

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Originally posted by Wai_TungLeung

I recall reading an article saying Lucas has gone mad and refuses to ever let them go on DVD.

 

You're right about one thing...Lucas has gone mad - he's going to force us all to buy the special editions where Greedo shoots first and there's a cabaret number going on in Jabba's palace and completely ignore the fact that many of us prefer the originals.

 

At the very least he good do the decent thing and put both versions on the DVDs for us that would like the option to choose.

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If they do this, I deperately hope that the demo isn't packaged directly with the set as in being on the 4th disc or whatever. Maybe shrink wrap a 5th disc to the outside of the package....I don't want to look back on the dvd set a few years from now and have the demo on it. I don't know why....I guess I just like my dvds being clean, precise, and to the point :)

 

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That works great for PC, the problem is that anyone with Xbox or PS2 won't have the option to download. The fact that it was mentioned in the current Xbox mag would suggest that they are intending to have a demo for the Xbox so it’s just a matter of how. Will they just include the PC demo with the DVD set and have the Xbox demo with Xbox mag and the same for PS2.

 

I agree with Swoosh though, I think if they do add a demo it should be separate from DVD set.

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Actually, the whole Greedo shooting first thing Lucas has supposedly decided to change back to the OT version. I've read this a couple different places but I guess we will just have to wait and see if it is in fact true.

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Originally posted by Isair

Only a fifteen minute limit on the demo? I think that's way too short.

 

I think the 15 minute thing is only referring to how much space the demo takes up on the disc...it'll take up the equivalent of 15 minutes of standard DVD video, which is about 600MB.

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I have heard that. I am betting it will probably only be a two-three minute long trailer. I am still hoping for a september 21st release date for Star Wars Battlefront the same as the DVD release. Or at least a September, 2004 release date.

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