The base price of Distant Worlds: Universe will be $59.99 Download / $69.99 Physical. This represents a significant discount over the previous series bundle. The Physical version is only available through our store and includes an updated and full color printed Distant Worlds series game manual.
For the release, it will be available at a pre-order price of $49.99 Download / $59.99 physical. This will be the pre-order price through Steam. As we don't do pre-orders through our own store, this will be our release price as well, with a post-release promotional period as with past Distant Worlds releases that allows early adopters to get the game for a lower price, after which it will revert to the permanent $59.99 / $69.99 price level.
I'm predicting a lot of complaining about very high price. However, this is not a big problem for mature DW-fans (thanks to coupons through Matrix store), like us, but still... 60 bucks (price of AAA-title! ) for old game series? Steamusers and new future customers will not understand this.
I'm predicting that the price won't be the cause of a significant amount of complaining. There will probably be a couple of people who complain but, to be fair, some people will complain about -any- price.
$60 USD for this game seems to be a very reasonable and well chosen price point.
$50 USD if the game is pre-purchased (assuming it becomes available to do so.)
If the game ever goes on sale at the 50% point, that'll make it $30 USD.
If it goes on sale at the 75% mark it'll be $15 USD.
I doubt it'll take long before people point out that the previous price tag for Distant Worlds (with all expansions) was ~$100 USD.