I like strategy games. I especially try to crowdfund games from developers that I trust will actually finish the game. Since I’ve been burned on games that are never finished.
Phoenix Point Had all I needed. A reputable developer, a plan, the goals they wanted to achieve, deadlines. So obviously their crowdfunding goals were met.
It recently came to light that they will be exclusively only on Epic Games for 1 year and not on GOG or Steam as they originally planned. This upset me a bit. Other crowdfunders were more furious. Lots of rumors and speculation I can’t sift through. But they are basically saying Epic Games saw the product was going to be successful (whether because of crowdfunder interest or just evaluating the product) and swiped it from their crowdfunders with more money.
If I remember correctly, there was a graph that showed that, during the life of a game, it produced the most money in the first 6 months before slowly declining. This worries me because if Epic Games did this once to maximize profit…they will do it again.
It is easy for me to now imagine Epic Games going through crowdfunded games and snatching them up to milk them for the first year. These crowdfunded games are by developers that don’t have the money to make it on their own obviously. That’s why they are crowd-funded after all. So they are a bit vulnerable to seeing $$$$ offered as long as they ignore their crowdfunders and put their game on the Epic Games store. This is the only part that really bugs me.
This is a bit of a scandal and minor betrayal. So I’ll probably buy this game…later…on sale…on GOG.
Now I don’t feel confident even in crowd-funding games I can trust if some company can just jump in with more money to buy them out. Yes, I’ll be able to play the game eventually. But I still feel betrayed because that game wouldn’t exit unless we payed first. It would be nice if the developers had some loyalty to the customers that believed in them enough to pay them for a product that doesn’t exist yet.