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Dungeon Keeper is mobile’s latest pay-to-win disaster. EA's managed to monetize all mechanics of the title, skimping on nothing but soul. It’s rife with aggressive cash grabs and severe limitations to free play. In light of this, reviews aren’t very good. Even Peter Molyneux, the IP’s creator, was inspired enough to speak up. To make things worse, rating Dungeon Keeper anything less than perfect, as many are wont to do, is a fussy thing. There’s a feedback form for critics that artificially inflates the rating in the marketplace when it’s too much of a hassle to be honest.
But honesty doesn’t matter. These are products of business meant to maximize revenue. EA knows what they’re doing and, unfortunately, it’s working in their favor with stymied moral judgement. As long as games continue to explore the pay-to-win model and still get attention, developers will continue to consider microtransactions viable. Short of vocal backlash (more stories of accidental purchases) not much will change their minds. It’s too bad, Dungeon Keeper could have otherwise been great.
Your signature here let’s EA know that there’s demand for a version of Dungeon Keeper free from microtransactions. They want our money in the most colluded way possible, but they’ll settle for less. We just have to wave cash in the direction we want the industry to go.
In the meantime, GOG’s got the originals in working order to fill your dungeon-building, trap-setting void. For something more contemporary there’s War for the Overworld, a Steam early access title without all the bad of being so. It’s shaping up nicely to fill that niche EA refused to. We’re even raffling off a copy of War for the Overworld for signers of this petition (be sure to enter your email under "optional fields"). We’re hoping it’ll help support independent development of great games that don’t follow pay-to-win models.
Ultimately, though, it’s you paving the way. Not us. The more you choose to distance yourself from these business-only models of development, the more integrity this industry will have. It’s really that simple.