I just got here because a few minutes ago I read the perfect (8/8) review at outofeight.info. I'm a fan of wargames, but I hadn't heard of matrix games before, well, I did when I saw the Distant Worlds review, but didn't see any wargames. Well, more exactly, I'm a Paradox Interactive fan, mainly of the Europa Universalis and Hearts of Iron series. Now, I'm not trying to compare those games, but they cover a similar market, and PI markets is quite niche too. However, they have a different approach for the pricing. Let's take EU3, for example. If you but the game at release, as I did, it costs 40€. They patch it 3 times, then they release the first expansion, Napoleon's Ambition, for 20€, another patch and some time later, we get in nomine for another 20€. And when we thought it was all over, we get Heir to the Throne, that makes the game near perfect, for another 20€. In total, we paid 100€ to get a near perfect game. Had it sold for 100, or even 80€ at release, with all the expansions included?. Hell, no, it wouldn't. When they needed more money for the game, they released an expansion, so it wouldn't amount to that much.
However, as I see it from what I've read, Matrix is offering a near perfect game from the beginning, and justifies, with reason, that the game is worth it, something I'm not disputing. The problem is, that even if it's a niche market, it's STILL a videogame, even more, a PC videogame, and PC videogamers, even those to buy niche market games, aren't used to pay more than 50, let alone 80€/$ or more for a game, even if it's unique and near perfect. And we see the reaction here.
BftB has 27 missions, wouldn't it be better for the business to release the game with 13 missions at 50€/$ and 2 expansions of 7 missions with some AI and UI updates for 20€ each?.