I've been super excited about this title. This though...why did they do this? I agree, poor or nonexistent optimization. Now I see why they were so dodgy on their Reddit AMA about the PC version.
It's an optional ultra setting for high end PCs only. It's doesn't affect the main game. Nothing to do with poor optimisation.
Personally I think The Evil Within is a one off. It's developed by a Japanese developer who doesn't have a clue about PC architecture and so is trying to brute force the game to work on PC. They are also using idtech 5 which isn't exactly efficient anyway.
I haven't seen any other game that will use ridiculous amounts of VRAM.
Shadow of Mordor is a special case as the normal medium/high settings have quite reasonable requirements but the ultra high settings are for high end PC only and will never be on consoles. That's just Monolith pushing their game and hardware to the limit and is entirely optional.
I'm not worried about these higher than normal VRAM requirements. I have a GTX 760 with 2GB VRAM and it will last me for the next few years.
It's up to the developers now if they actually want to put some effort into each platform and be as efficient as possible on each one or be lazy and take the easy way out. Sales will suffer if they take the latter approach :)
I buy all digital now. I'll never buy them for full price though.
I always shop around and buy AAA games for £25 or less. Most indie games I buy are reasonable priced but I still look for the cheapest price :)
It seems Ubisoft, Activision and EA think their games are worth £50 digital for normal editions.
Just recently Ubisoft put Far Cry 4 and AC Unity on steam for £50. The forums were quite rightly disgusted and complained so much that Ubisoft took the games off UK Steam Store the next day. They are still on EU store for €60. The US store wasn't affected as they held their $60 price tag unlike the UK and EU price which was equivalent of $83.
The more publishers overprice their digital games the more people will shop elsewhere other than steam. The games still come back to steam in the end when you have to input the serial.
Digital gaming still has a long way to go on PC. Once retail is completely out of the picture the prices need to reflect what we are getting and not include everything the retail price compensated for like shipping, box, dvd, retail cut etc.
Until that day digital games will be overpriced and feed the publisher's greed.
I would love a Hearthstone beta key, Thanks.