Many of the people posting on this topic have spent the summer here downloading frequent updates, commenting on features, and enjoying a product that was really in a state of constant flux. Version 1.86 was just one waypoint along the journey to us. Since we had no idea that there were negotiations ongoing, we just assumed that there would be another update next week. In fact, many of us have 1.87 BETA installed.
One point that bothers some of the users is that our updates have stopped without a proper ending. There were bugs identified that have yet to be resolved, graphical changes in progress but not completed, and features that had been introduced but not completely mature (such as AI improvements). Obviously, these were completely free updates, so no one has a right to demand anything more. But I think these loyal users, beta testers if you will, would like to see and use the product in a final state with the graphics changes complete and any remaining bugs squished.
You continue to mention that there might be discounts for previous owners. I think one solution toward calming the firestorm would be to make a defined offer in this regard. In other words, users who have a PS 2007 license can receive a PureSim 2 license for $X. That way, the current userbase would know that their updates will continue at a price that makes them comfortable. Obviously, you have to decide that price, but I urge you to be generous as most of these people will be your best advertisers going forward.
By the way, I have no stake in this suggestion. I do not own a license for a previous PureSim product. I was a "free user". So it does not benefit me personally to offer this solution. I am just trying to help.
Thank you, I appreciate your feedback.
Just to be clear, there were no negotiations that were going on over the course of the free period. The freeware period was not some kind of trial to see if we could drum up interest in PureSim or whatever - Shaun took it free because he wanted to and never sought out me or anyone else to do anything else with it. I came to him with a proposal and it was done - just like that.
The reasons you mentioned are good ones for taking into consideration us doing something on our end and we're talking about just what we may want to do but again if people are going to take the attitude that they're just done with the game and not even going to give us a chance then there is probably very little that would satisfy them. Some of have written us off already even though all we've done is stated what the price point of the game will be.