I am undecided over the following issue, so thought I would put it out and see what others think. The issue in question is that of computer wargames that are revamped a couple of years, or sometimes less, after they are originally sold, and often have a full price tag even for people that have purchased the original.
The first games I recall doing this, though there may be others, is Hearts of Iron 2 (with Doomsday) and Gary Grigsby's World at War (with World Divided).
I bought both of these games originally, and when the new editions came out, did not have the funds to buy almost the same game again. Perhaps if there was at least a half price attached, maybe. The same thing happened with Making History and the new Gold edition. The latest one was Crown of Glory. I own the original for these as well.
Ever since these were released, I have been holding off purchasing these kinds of games due to the thought in my head that I should wait until the "finished" edition is eventually released. I am undecided over how I feel about the issue.
A) I realise that Wargaming companies want to make a buck in a very niche area, so this is one way of maximising returns for much less effort than making a complete, new game.
B) However, I feel somewhat cheated at financing the original concept, thus allowing the dev to make the new edition, yet gain no benefit from the deal apart from (often) being asked to pay the full price again for the same game platform, with some improvements (sometimes quite important or good) tacked on.
An expansion would, hopefully, cost less to buy. The disadvantage to the developer is that an expansion would only be bought by existing players and not gain new players.
The disadvantage for the developer, if enough people start to think like myself, is that people will start hanging off purchasing so they can save the full cost of a game twice. This however could mean that if enough people do not buy the original, the developer goes out of business, or does not bother improving the game.
I wonder what other people here think of this new system?
Edit: I actually remember this also happened with Clash of Steel (Future edition) back in the old days. Make that "old system that is new again"
< Message edited by sapper_astro -- 5/26/2009 5:12:28 AM >