Renegade Kid co-founder on 3DS piracy, may have to stop support if it becomes an issue
Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham has opened up on 3DS piracy concerns amid reports that hackers are starting to have their way with the portable.
As many people know, piracy became an issue on the DS. Dementium: The Ward sold 100,000 copies around the world, but Watsham feels that piracy may have affected the sequel’s performance. Only 50,000 units of Dementium II were sold.
With the 3DS, Watsham noted that Renegade Kid “will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games” if similar issues occur.
Piracy on the Nintendo DS crippled the DS retail market, especially in Europe. We’ll never know how/if Dementium II landed in as many hands as the first game, Dementium: The Ward, due to the rampant piracy at the time. Dementium: The Ward sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide, which is a great success for an original mature-rated title on the DS. Recorded sales of Dementium II are less than half that. We’ll never truly know why that was so, but many seem to believe that piracy had a lot to do with it.
If piracy gets bad on the 3DS, we will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games. Some say that piracy leads to more game sales, claiming that it enables players to try before they buy. Bullshit. The percentage of people who will spend money on a game that they already got for free is surely very small – especially with so many “free” games already in the market. The line between what should/should not be free is getting very blurry.
If these hackers really want to mess with the guts of a 3DS, why not become legit developers for it and let the world enjoy their talents? Many of today’s great programmers used to be hackers back in the day. It is a great way to learn the craft. Putting ones efforts towards the creation of legit games instead of potentially crippling the market seems like a much more fulfilling path.