Dead Trigger Android Goes Free Amid Rampant Piracy, Madfinger Frantically Squashing Bugs
Pirates force developer's hand, while customers complain of game breaking glitches.
Piracy is a huge problem in the Android world. It's so prevalent that many developers release their games for free. Madfinger Games went the opposite route with its zombie first-person shooter, Dead Trigger. The studio could've easily charged $5.99 for the game, but instead opted for $0.99, most likely thinking consumers would agree with that price. That said, even we were surprised to see such a gorgeous looking title come in at less than a buck.
Of course, Android can be a harsh mistress, and with an untold number of users stealing Dead Trigger, Madfinger decided to take action, releasing this statement:
Regarding price drop. HERE is our statement. The main reason: piracy rate on Android devices, that was unbelievably high. At first we intend to make this game available for as many people as possible, that's why it was for as little as buck. It was much less than $8 for SHADOWGUN but on the other hand we didn't dare to provide it for free, since we hadn't got XP with free-to-play format so far. However, even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant, that we finally decided to provide DEAD TRIGGER for free. Anyway, DEAD TRIGGER is not FREEMIUM, it always was and still remains FREE-TO-PLAY, that means, all players are able to play it without IAP! We stand up for this statement, because all members of our team are playing (and enjoying) DEAD TRIGGER without IAP.
If that's not bad enough, the Android version contains bugs that have the community upset, to say the least. Thus, we have another statement.
Hi guys! We are really sorry that so many people have problems with DEAD TRIGGER now. We are working on the new update, fixing all bugs and detecting why doesn't Xperia Play work, contrary it works on our devices while testing it...:( GNexus and Nexus 7 with 4.1.1. is google's side issue and we are working with google together to remove this bug. Some members of our team take a look at "lost gold" problem and try to find the way how to get lost gold back to you...Anyway, thanks a lot for your patience... Your MADFINGER Games Team
We hate to see this happen, since we think so highly of Dead Trigger. Let's hope Madfinger fixes these bugs ASAP. On a side note, Dead Trigger is still $0.99 on iOS.