DarkTwinkie wrote:Hey guys,
Just to confirm what most are saying, this is not an exclusive deal. One of our core tenants has been to make our fans happy. That is why we spend so much time learning about what you want and don't want in Wasteland 2. This also spreads to distribution of the game. Some people like Steam, others Desura, Origin or GOG. If we only listened to the people who didn't like a specific distribution platform, we would have nowhere to deliver the game. For that reason, we want to include ALL distribution methods we can so that YOU can choose which one you support and download it from there. We just want people to have easy access to play the game we're going to put the next 18 months of our life into.
I just hope that you guys have some kind of control over what price EA will be selling WL2 at _after_ 90 days. I distrust EA enough that I can easily see it doing a Marketing stunt where it sells the game "at cost" or even as a loss leader, just to undercut ALL of your other distributors. EA is big enough to easily afford to do so indefinitely, and thereby garner nearly the entire Market share to itself. Origin gets nearly all of the traffic after 90 days and inXile gets literally nothing per unit sold thereafter.
Yes, I do see EA as being that nefarious. It gives itself the opportunity to screw over both Steam and an indy company that wasn't "wise" enough to seek EA's patronage (under EA's terms, of course).