Just more anti-consumer pre-order wank designed to embarrass an incredible franchise. First Deus Ex, now Hitman. And it'll just keep getting worse until people stop pre-ordering.
And what is the point of pre-ordering these days? It still baffles me that people do it. It's not like the boxed copies on the shelf at the local game store are going to sell out like in the old days. If they sell 1 billion copies in the first hour of launch...there will still be copies for anyone else to buy.
Yeah, exactly. There is no benefit to it, except for the DLC the marketing team tacked on as a pre-order bonus. And I suppose that's not even inherently evil, the same as DLC itself isn't inherently evil. If the pre-order bonus is just a bunch of skins or other cosmetic addons, cool, whatever. That doesn't make the game greater or lesser depending on when you bought it. But, when you start gating core content behind a pre-order wall, then yeah, you're doing the evil thing and people should not encourage this with their wallets. But they do.
Besides that, I wonder how many people pre-order a game and then actually play it on day one, at midnight, the instant it launches. Probably not a lot of them. I bet the majority of pre-orders are played on Day 2 or Day 3, when they could've just bought it that day for no difference.