From: Charleston, WV
Yikes.. so far 9 out of 10 people who would have purchased this (on the forums I visit), have said they won't buy it because $39.99 for DD or $49.99 boxed is way too much for a game this old.
Not necessarily a very valid statistical sample. Hmmm, if I mosey on over to, say for example, wild tangent games forums and ask if they would buy matrix games I could probably get 10 out of 10 against and then rail against Matrix. Yes, I used a hyperbole here just to demonstrate my point.
Between you and Shrapnelgames - I've got to say you do a lot to shoot yourselves in the foot. Sometimes you've got to look at what it is (remake of a classic game) and realize asking for $25-$30 per copy would net you 5x-10x the number of sales vs. putting it in the premium pc price range.
Interesting conclusions from your unrealistic sampling above? Where do you get five to ten times the sales? Shooting from the hip or just rolling dice? I think Matrix and Shrapnel are more experienced with pricing models than you or I. I am amazed that so many folks claim that 5 to 10 times more sales if you drop the price.
At some point you need to expand your customer base instead of trying to chrge max dollars possible from the same people over and over again.
The customer base expands because we gamers spread the word. I know I am extremely pleased with Matrix and I was delighted when I found them as wargames can be difficult to find--especially quality games. And, yes, I buy from Shrapnel too.
Just a word of advice. And no, neither will I be purchasing this (at that price)... even though it's my favorite of the CC series.
OK, your call anyway.
I like to look at the price of a game as to how much I will play it. I bought War in the Pacific for $70 over a year ago. I play it at least 3 hours a week which brings it down to, oh, about 45 cents a session at this point (it goes down each time I play). Much cheaper than even the soda I drink when I play. I bought CC:COI a couple days after it came out and already have the cost per session down well under $1. And the other guys' games, Dominions 2 and 3? Yikes, I am under 25 cents per hour. So, yes, to me these games are worth every penny I pay for them. For me, Matrix games are not "how much" rather I am more concerned as to which pay check I take them out of when I buy them (payday is this Friday so CotA is coming home).
The other benefit of buying and supporting a company like Matrix games is as Shaun mentioned above--continued improvement of existing games as well development of new games. I also enjoy the fact that the publishers and developers of the games at Matrix are involved with their customer base. In many cases the developers are on the boards with us, the customers. I love that.
< Message edited by Terl -- 3/5/2007 2:21:23 PM >