The Android version of the zombie shooter Dead Trigger has gone free to play. The reason, according to a post on the game’s Facebook page, is the “unbelievably high” rate of piracy on Android devices. Prior to the price cut, it cost $0.99, which is what it still goes for on iOS. You can read the full statement from Madfinger Games below.
Regarding price drop. HERE is our statement. The main reason: piracy rate on Android devices, that was unbelievably high. At first we intend to make this game available for as many people as possible – that’s why it was for as little as buck. – It was much less than 8$ 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.
We do note in our review of the game that Dead Trigger is set up a lot like a freemium title, with plenty of items to buy through in-app purchase if you’re feeling underpowered. That means the developer probably won’t have too much trouble making money on it even if it is free to play.
But when a game only costs a buck, there’s really no reason to pirate it. Decent people pay for their games–it’s what keeps the industry running. So be sure to check out our full review, and purchase the game if it looks like something you’d enjoy.