There have been a number of games that sound great on paper but that I’ve ended up having to pass on for a number of reasons. In the case of Negotiator VR there are a number of factors that have me keeping my wallet closed. The most obvious one is that this is a virtual reality only game and I don’t own anything even remotely close to an Oculus Rift. If there’s ever a valid turn-off it’s a game that I can’t play due to restrictions like this.
Negotiator VR is a concept that otherwise I could get behind. While there’s almost nothing in the text itself beyond some basic premise that you’re a disgraced negotiator looking to start a new life but have been tossed into a high profile case before it can happen, it does still sound interesting. The video does look cool and has some interesting gameplay elements, but again this is something that I won’t be able to experience without a non-VR port. Even if I could play the demo the lack of pretty much anything is something that’s a big no-no in today’s crowdfunding environment.
The other major issue that I have with Negotiator VR is the asking price. £15,000 isn’t a lot to ask for, even when converted to USD (~$22k), and the reasoning behind this is due to that the developers are looking to do more of a “proof of concept” thing with the money. In order to secure a potential publisher. At least they’re up front about where the money is going and why. I’ll give them that much. I do hope that they make funding as this is an interesting concept, but I do wish that I could have at least tried out the demo.
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