Speaking with Develop
, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has indicated that he thinks we're going to see the end of free demos:
He said: “A free demo is a luxury we have in the game industry that we don’t have in other industries such as film. Because we’ve had this free luxury for so long, now there are plans to change this people are complaining about it. The reality is that we might not see any free game demos in the long term.”
He's also not sure if a demo of Crysis will be released. This comes on the heels of EA somewhat casually mentioning that they're thinking about charging for a game sample.
There's certainly a lot of gamers that, when justifying certain piratical tendencies, indicate that their motivation is simply to see if the game is worth buying, which certainly seems like a valid point when you're about to drop up to $100 on a game. With that in mind it seems almost sheer lunacy to me to stop releasing free demos, but I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.