From: The Nutmeg State
Your ultimate goal, understandably is to make money. Do your other 'monster' games sell enough to make that much more money with the higher price? If so, than your going in the right direction.
But it is said that the 'niche' is small... well people that are actually in that 'small' niche get driven away when the price is too high!... granted, this one looks good, like it would get many more hours of play time to me, than say bftb.. but, with all the low prices on many great strategy games out there, it is very hard for people that are part of the niche, to justify spending a 'lot more' on another title.
Granted there are people with whom money is no object, hats off to them.
Also, there are people that 'have to have' this one (it looks very tempting to me ).
But there are others that are more mindful how they spend their 'hobby cash'..
There are also others that you may draw into the niche (young kids out there buying the HOI's/Actung Panzer/Total War/Civ series), but the price may make them go 'whoa' and not sign up.
Just something to think about.
The points you make above are valid, and I am confident Matrix (as any well run business will do) factored them into the group discussion(s) in the pricing section of the project plan (ie: it's not some poor smuck smoking a cigar and setting the price while getting a massage from a super model).
Some people will be priced out of the product (this happens with any hobby). Money does not grow on trees, but for some including me, I would rather pay more and get a better quality game than to pay less and get less. Yet, some people (and I am not saying you) believe the that high cost of production on a monster game (time, resources and money) can be recouped at pricing below the production cost. This is silly and unrealistic.
Recently in another thread for a different game someone said to the effect "well all workers that helped on a game do it for free, so the game should be cheap". There are signifcant costs just to keep the doors "open" at any company (even working out of your house). With so many hidden costs I am just glad Matrix is able to keep the doors open and able to brings us all some real gems for our entertainment. Now if only they would obtain the rights to Avalon Hills 3R life would be great!!!