From: Madrid, Spain
My 2 cents. For me the price would be OK only for a gold edition, including HTTR+COTA scenarios with the new engine.
Good point! For that i will consider spending 80 euros, even if i already own HHTR and COTA and RDOA (and even that cool HTTR strategy guide).
Honesty i have never understood why Panther has not done something like this before. Letting all that great scenarios from HHTR of COTA "waste" themselves in old engines is a shame. Most of the work its already done isn't??
Updating them to the newest engine for a reasonable fee or including them in the new game to justify its rip-off price woudl have been a great idea IMHO.
I would like to add my 2 cents at this looog thread i have been reading.
Personally, even as a long time fan of Panther i will not be buying BFTB.
It's not that i can't afford it (even if i'm suffering the economic crisis, luckily things are not so bad that i cannot afford spending 80 euros) or that i think its not a good game.
It's just that i don't think it has anything worthy of such a special premium price.
Its sounds like a good evolution of a great gaming engine, but there is nothing revolutionary in it nor does it offer anything substantially different of the previous games or an exceptionally high level of content (as the other games, it has a lot of scenarios over the same campaign, one that i'm not specially interested in personally. Good level of content, but not anything to write home about).
DOes it has lots of nice tweaks and improvements?? sure.
A decent amount of content?? Sure.
A polished and innovative gaming engine?? Sure, as it has been since RDOA.
Something to justify paying twice the price of a normal game??. IMHO, no. Not at all.
The worst about this price thing is not that i feel Panther is digging themselves deeper and deeper on a still smaller niche of war gamers, scaring away a lot of potential new players that will pass on the game because of the price.
Not good for the future of the engine or the company, no matter how good are your games.
As an example, on this thread, a lot of pages back, Erik explained how they had upped the price of COTA lately to help support BFTB development. When i read it i though... "god, that's so bad!... why don't they think bigger??"
I don't know how many extra $ did the get increasing COTA's price by 10$?? I bet not that much...
Wouldn't it had been better to put that game (or even HHTR) at 20 bucks so new players would take the chance and get to know the gaming system??
Surely they would have improved sales a lot (after all, both games where already pass their prime time, i don't think the sell a lot at 50$) and more importantly, get new players to know and get hooked into the great Panther engine, and ready to get into BFTB when released.
But it seems they prefer to sell less and less games at higher price that more games cheaper, when the later means increasing their players community which means more buzz on the net about the games and more scenarios and more mods and more... future!.