ORIGINAL: Jeffrey H.
I agree with many posts above that having Steel Tigers on first release cover the entire war in all theaters is completely unrealistic. Games have gotten a lot more complicated to code, and if anything I imagine the 2by3 design staff is actually smaller than the original SSI one that did Steel Panthers.
But all that said, I think a modular release could be a huge positive. AKA, fund multiple patches in part by expanding the game system to new fronts/ new scenarios. And again, the Parodox CK2 model I think would be ideal---- it's a game that started with a 1066 start and playing only European countries. But subsequent DLCs have expanded it as far East as India, and as far back as Charlemagne, but still if you only bought the initial game, you could still play those European countries from 1066 with all the new improvements. You just couldn't, say, play a Muslim dynasty if you hadn't bought the Sword of Islam DLC. To say the least, it seems like it has been a highly successful model for Paradox, and I could really see being one for Steel Tigers as well. It would give the developers a way to keep patching the content, while also generating a revenue stream.
And more to the point, given current development cycles, if we expect Steel Tigers to cover the entire war, we won't see it this decade. I want to start playing it now. NOW! NOW!
Seriously, if it goes that route, I will wait until the "platinum edition" goes on sale for $5, and let the others pay $100 for another stupid Bulge game.
The next compromise will be no AI. Go ahead, admit it, you'll compromise on that too.
Err, no. I mean I don't want to get in an argument about how current game release models work (even if maybe I kinda started it), but going from my above comments to a no-AI version of a game is just plain stupid, and against anything I ever said in posts, or how the CK2/ Paradox model of development/ release have worked in practice. To the extent that I'm withdrawing from any future debate there.
Let me just say, I would just like to see some version of Steel Tigers in my own life-time, even if it doesn't cover every single aspect of WW2 right off on the bat.