Amanita Apologize For ‘Botanicula’ Pre-Orders With Bonus Bundle


Some people weren’t happy with having pre-ordered Amanita Design’s latest game, Botanicula, for full price to then find out it was released as a pay-what-you-want deal on the day of release as part of The Humble Botanicula Debut. To make up for it, Amanita are issuing a Bonus Bundle for their pre-order customers which contains some free goodies.

Botanicula was released yesterday on a number of online retailers, two of which offered pre-orders to people a couple of weeks in advance. Those who did pre-order received their copy of Botanicula for $9 but with the launch of The Humble Botanicula Debut yesterday, those who didn’t pre-order could get the game at a much cheaper price. In fact, those who do buy into The Humble Botanicula Debut are able to get Botanicula and two other Amanita games at a $1 minimum or for $5 they can get Steam keys and another game plus a short film.

Due to this, a number of people were upset about the deal – having put their money forward before the game’s arrival when they could have waited it out and got the game at a cheaper price and with other games attached too. That’s not to say they didn’t get anything else alongside their copy of Botanicula, well, those who pre-ordered on GamersGate didn’t but those who did through received a soundtrack demo, photos, wallpapers and various artworks and sketches. Of course, they also got the game with a pre-order discount rather than paying the full price.

However, there’s no denying that those who pre-ordered got less and for a higher cost. As such, Amanita are aiming to make up for it by releasing a Bonus Bundle today for those who pre-ordered. This will contain the following:

  • Machinarium
  • Full Botanicula Soundtrack
  • Exclusive Botanicula art book

In a blog post on their website, Amanita explained the reason for the situation:

“We haven’t [had] much time to take care about business and logistics in [the] last few weeks because we were hard at work on the game fixing hundreads of bugs etc. so we made a mistake and let GOG and GG make pre-orders. We simply didn’t think about it and about the consequences, sorry for that.”

The slight upsetting part of the whole deal is that it has soured the game’s release ever so slightly so hopefully those who have been upset because they made a pre-order will find this apology adequate. The line from Amanita that kind of hurts to read is the following one:

“I hope it’s not that terrible deal for $9 you paid to support us so we can continue making independent games, we are very grateful for that!”

Of course, it wasn’t that those who pre-ordered were given a terrible deal – Botanicula at $9 with all of the delight it offers and with some extras (if bought from GOG) is a good deal in fact. The problem was that the pre-order actually backfired on those who took up on it rather than rewarding them as a pre-order should do (not all the time though of course).

More information on Botanicula can be found on the game’s official website.

Via Amanita Design

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  1. The Backlog Journey

    I think the main thing that upset people was the fact that this was a low blow from Amanita for its partners, GOG especially. GOG’s been spending a lot of time and money marketing this release since this is one of their bigger releases for their fledgling indie offerings (even devoting part of their conference presentation to it), and the game got a lot of buzz. Suddenly day one, Humble swoops in with the better deal and GOG’s sales are now in the toilet, and their marketing is now benefiting Humble instead (obviously there’s the charity aspect, but Humble is becoming a business more and more with their Humble store, so they’re essentially a competitor). 

    Obviously it has no effect on consumers, and it’s great that preorder people are getting the bonuses they missed out on. But indie games have an image of being built on hugs and warm feelings, so seeing one company treat a business parter so wretchedly by partnering up with a direct competitor just gives many people a sour vibe.

    Still, Amanita is obviously sorry about the business, and GOG acted like champs by negotiating the bonuses for their customers and donating $300 to the bundle anyway. Props to both sides for working things out, and hopefully this prevents any more bad blood coming between our favourite companies. Nobody likes it when Mom and Dad fight.

  2. Tiny Colossus

    It’s not a big deal, many people would have paid 5$ to get the Steam keys from the bundle anyways…
    What they should do now though is give all of the content of the bundle to those that preordered, including Windowsill and Kooky. In fact, to get one has to pay the bundle around 9$ now.

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