Bulletstorm demo dropping Jan. 25

Sampler for People Can Fly's first-person shooter hitting at end of month; will introduce Echo game mode and unlock options for full product's Anarchy experience.

Polish development house People Can Fly has marketed its upcoming first-person shooter/kicker in unique ways. However, the team is also using traditional means to hype the game prior to its February 22 release.

There's a reason kill rhymes with skill.

Publisher Electronic Arts has announced that a demo for the title will land on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network on January 25. As for the sampler, in the demo players will vault into the gritty boots of hero Grayson Hunt and get a glimpse at the game's Echo mode, a score-based experience featuring the game's campaign environments.

Further, the demo will give players a feel for the game's skillshot system, whereby players are rewarded for killing with skill. Gamers will have access to 45 skillshots in the demo and can wield an arsenal of deadly weaponry, including the peace maker carbine, the flail gun, and the screamer, which turns foes into fireworks.

Additionally, those who download and play the Bulletstorm demo will be able to unlock unique "platform-specific upgrades" like the crimson leash and stealth armor, for use in the full game's Anarchy multiplayer mode.

Bulletstorm arrives on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on February 22. There was no mention of a demo for the PC iteration of the shooter. Those who purchase the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm will earn access to the multiplayer beta for Epic Games' Gears of War 3, which will most likely kick off in April.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview with Bulletstorm.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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111 comments
jubeCRash
jubeCRash

@h3rb Yep, also no PC demo will encourage piracy. People don't like to risk their money on something they maybe won't like.

h3rb
h3rb

1) No PC Demo 2) Not available on Steam These are two massive marketing mistakes.

maceman1984
maceman1984

... Lets face it, you cant trust the recommended of min system specs. The following are the system specs for bulletstorm, Minimum * OS - Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista * Processor - 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium IV or equivalent or AMD Athlon XP or equivalent * RAM - 512 MB * Hard Drive - 6.5 GB * Video Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB video card with Pixel Shader 1.1 support or equivalent * Other - Supported videocards: nVidia GeForce 3 series or better, excluding GeForce 4MX model series, ATI Radeon9500 series or better, keyboard, mouse Recommended * OS - Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista * Processor - 2.4+ GHz Intel; 2.0+ Ghz AMD * RAM - 1 MB * Hard Drive - 12 GB free hard drive space * Video Card - 128 MB or greater NVIDIA GeForce 6600+, ATI X700+ ... a recommended vid card running only 128 mb of v-ram and a min of a meer 64mb.... come on, with a game as pretty as this, I highly doubt it. For a game that was supposed to be Epics big nod to PC gamers, it is shaping up to be a massive let down so far. I like Epic a lot, don't let this fool you, but it is very sad to see them following suite with the rest of them and treating us like second class citizens.

maceman1984
maceman1984

I don't know if someone else already said this because I am not going to read through all the pages, but a solid demo can really improve sales and a crappy demo (or in this case a lack of demo) can really hurt sales. Hell, I bought Mafia II solely off how the demo was (and was kind of disappointed). I am a hardcore PC gamer and the complete lack of love for us is ridiculous! I understand that some developers think that PC=piracy, but what they do not seem to get is that ignoring us is worse. The amount of people who actually pirate on the PC is probably around the same amount who pirate on the console, but all the developers see is the stereotype. I find it even more insulting when a company like Epic, who became who they are today because of PC gamers, completely ignore us. I have had the game pre-ordered since it was available at gamestop, but it should be noted that for PC gamers, a demo is a way to see if the game will run well on your machine. I have a fantastic machine, however some people don't...

cracktoad
cracktoad

Can't wait! Just preordered the Epic addition today. Gonna Rock!

badders1977
badders1977

I would also prefer a PC demo. I'll have to try it on my PS3 and try not to shoot at the sky and the floor too much. Stupid Joy-pad's. ;) Oh, and the game looks amazing!

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

"Bulletstorm demo dropping Jan. 25" Hope it doesn't hurt itself. They really need to come up with better catch phrases. Of course, looking at it like this means I probably need more sleep.

shaunn191
shaunn191

Well this looks interesting, I'll try make some time for this.

BrettFavor1185
BrettFavor1185

@Ladiesman17 I didn't say I was a console gamer or anything about People Can Fly. I prefer FPS on the PC, but the reason PC games aren't being supported as often now is because A. Developers associate the PC with piracy B. Console games sell better Whether you like it or not it's true. Console games are probably pirated just as much on as the PC, but that isn't the perception among developers. Let's face it gaming has shifted from hardcore PC gamers to core console gaming and now to social gaming/media thanks to movie/music support and motion controls. I don't like the shift away from core gaming at all, but it's happening. I hate the Wii and motion controls.....because at this point they offer nothing to me as a hardcore gamer. Perhaps they will in the future but now they don't. I don't like the lack of PC support for games b/c I like having the option. Most games I play on the Xbox 360 even though I play PS3 and PC as well. I prefer FPS with a mouse and keyboard like anyone who knows gaming, but I like every genre so I'm not a fanboy.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

uh so, a FPS, a game that plays better on PC than with any crappy gamepad, doesn't have a demo while the console have it? They're really beggin for massive torrents downloads.

imthelumberjack
imthelumberjack

sorry for the wall of text. Gamespot will not allow me to insert page breaks to split it up.

imthelumberjack
imthelumberjack

Publishers and developers shouldn't be confused when the PC piracy rate keeps increasing when they stop releasing demos and increase game prices 20% (fortunately Bulletstorm is still $50, but a lot of EA, Ubisoft and Activision games are starting to see this trend). If you release a PC demo you have to do it before the game is released or within a couple of days of release. After that gamers will just download a torrent to see if the game is any good, and once they have the full game they are much less likely to buy a copy. To see a strong resurgence in PC gaming; companies are going to have to switch to digital distribution so they can drop shipping and packaging costs and then relay those savings on to the consumer. If a game is $40 I am much more likely to buy it than when it is $50 none the less $60. Also the more companies place totalitarian DRM on games the more reasons they give people an excuse to pirate them. PC gamers can be ferociously loyal customers to companies (Valve, DiCE, Blizzard), but the moment you betray them (even just a little) they will turn on you like a pack of sharks going after a wounded seal. Companies need to start rebuilding their trust with PC gamers instead of fighting them. The more you treat them like second rate criminals the more they will act like it. Piracy is always going to be around, but if you treat PC gamers well they will buy your games and continue to support your company in the future.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@BrettFavor1185 lol. People Can Fly originally PC-based developer.. :D and most PC Community know better PCF than your own. and I knew your community always buy every piece of garbage on market ( it is not something to be proud of ) ;)

2x4b96123
2x4b96123

@blangenakker PC demos are called 'torrents' these days.

blangenakker
blangenakker

aww no PC demo, all well, I'll try the demo on 360 instead :)

metalkid9
metalkid9

personally I think not releasing a demo for PC works against them. If pc gamers get to play the demo at least the ones that are on the fence on getting the game who play the demo and like it will instead buy the game support the devs.

Adema83
Adema83

@nemesis9632 Could not agree more, looks very promising.

nemesis9632
nemesis9632

I cant wait, this is a breathe of fresh air into the all to "realistic" FPS genre.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Epic / PCF, doing with FPS what Epic did with the TPS, complete over the top goodness. Looking forward to getting stuck in : )

itsme73
itsme73

This game is looking stupid in the good way :D Finally a FPS which isn't about a gritty war but instead, about crazy action that just oozes 'creativity'. Looks to be a breath of fresh air for the FPS genre....

svenjl
svenjl

Gelugon_baat, you must enjoy lecturing subscribers in your "A lot of you ought to know" tone given the regular appearance of your advice for the rest of us poor schmucks! Why don't you chill out and play some games? We all know that many game stores offer no questions asked returns for store credit and given that in 2011 there are at least 15 AAA titles being released I don't think anyone is going to be financially crippled if Bulletstorm sucks.

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

This is going to be the deal-breaker for me whether or not to buy the Epic Edition.

ganesh69
ganesh69

Come on pc gamers! We all know they are increasing the visuals,making tweaks and adding more juice to the pc version so pls stop complaining... Even the console gamers know we pc gamers will get the better version of bulletstorm! p.s. No fanboyism its the fact! :P

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

As usual, no mention of a PC demo. What a bunch of dicks. It's like they want me to start pirating. I mean, I'm legit - I don't pirate games, but just like console gamers, I'd like to be able to try something before I buy it.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

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blackace
blackace

@Rob_101 Why no PC? ***************************************************** Because it's not ready. You'll get it eventually. Probably a week before the game is released.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

@Rob_101 They obviously hate us. :cry: @blackace PC didn't die, it was just missing in action.

JoGargos
JoGargos

Bah, I just see there isn't MP PVP only cooperative mode...Definitely PASS =(

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

I'll reserve my judgement until I play the demo; I think I'll prefer Brink though as far as outlandish shooters go.

ecw1983
ecw1983

@blackace And short memory too, remember your little tantrim at my bad grammer ... no did not think so. chin-chin

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

this game just dosnt look fun to me, it just looks like 2 MUCH! they tried to hard or somin

therickmu25
therickmu25

Could care less about the people on PC complaining...This game looks awesome plus I will be playing the Gears 3 beta happily this April so I couldn't be more satisfied.

balfe1990
balfe1990

God I hate the games cover art

SolidSnakeUS42
SolidSnakeUS42

What gets me is, is that wouldn't piracy happen because there is no demo? I mean, if you come out with a demo on the PC for a game people are interested in, they would like to play the demo to try it out and possibly buy it. Now if there is no demo, guess how the only way they can play the game on the PC? By piracy. Not only is doing something like this causing more piracy, but big game companies don't acknowledge they are doing anything wrong.

-TheDarkWolf-
-TheDarkWolf-

I know this is always said in response to these articles, but, "What about the PC?"

Darkstar_Sinada
Darkstar_Sinada

I didn't know there was still this many PC gamers to complain about things. I mean, besides those physically and emotionally attached to WoW.

blackace
blackace

@ecw1983 @blackace you should check your grammer what does "Dude, I'm already grow" mean LOL. and you sound very mature and grow with a comment like "Screw the PC. lol!!" *************************************************************** Ohh.. a mispelled word. Big deal! That's what I mean by immature. Yes, I know I sound mature. I don't need you to tell me that. As a grown man, I'll say what I want. Grow up kid. As for the demo, I can't wait to play it. If it's any good, I'll definitely pre-order it and get on the Gears 3 beta. I wonder when we'll see a demo for Rage.

misho8723
misho8723

Smart move EA. Don't give us PC demo and then blame the sales on piracy. Hypoctatic ignorants. Now Bulletstorm, previously Dead Space 2, NFS Hot Pursuit and in the future all the games from you, em i'm right?

ptown58
ptown58

Nice , no having to do anything else but just downloading it ? nice.

ecw1983
ecw1983

@blackace you should check your grammer what does "Dude, I'm already grow" mean LOL. and you sound very mature and grow with a comment like "Screw the PC. lol!!"

mAArdman
mAArdman

Not releasing or talking about a demo for PC looks like a marketing move more than anything else.

ecw1983
ecw1983

@blackace Yes blackace mostly exclusives have over 30FPS but it is very very rare, oh enjoying Dead Rising 2 with 15-25FPS , I am sorry but that is unplayable for most PC gamers. The reason I mentioned steam is because you were going on about how many people are on xboxlive and psn genius. @aj_marquez Sure you do have full HD on most games but the bells and whistles are still on low or medium to a PC's ultra high. What about mod's people, this game will definitly be best on PC

ecw1983
ecw1983

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ecw1983
ecw1983

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blackace
blackace

@ecw1983 @blackace then you have some growing up to do. oh and read my last post 30 MILLION STEAM USERS and PC gaming is dead or unprofitable!?... oh and steam does not cater for WOW, Sims or SC2 BTW. Judging by how many thumbs down you got it seems like many people agree with me. Oh and I like my games with a min of 60FPS... sorry blackace enjoy you sub-standard graphics and 30FPS ************************************************************ Dude, I'm already grown. Obviously more mature then you. Who said anything about Steam? lol!! I said the developers (i.e. People Can Fly) is catering to consoles. Learn to read. I never said anything about PC being dead or WoW, SC2 not being catered by Steam. I said I played both WoW and SC2. I don't care how many thumbs down I've received. It doesn't mean I'm wrong. Many people don't like to hear the truth. It's ok. lol!! XBox 360 and PS3 games have FPS' that run at 60fps as well. Do you do any research before you type? Graphics are 1/4 of a game and it's not as important as gameplay. Games like Tetris and Bomberman should have taught you that. Graphics are meaningless if the game plays like crap.

Rasputin2011
Rasputin2011

I am have to say i'll be happy to check out the demo BUT January 25th is all about Dead Space 2 for me so this demo will have to wait :-(