Asmo wrote on Oct 25, 2012, 17:47:
Somewhere, there is a producer kicking himself that he didn't immediately kick the guy pitching this product out of his office for being a fucking idiot...
Why? They are a small dev studio using steam to "publish" their products. Their products aren't really games, they are a simulator for a niche market who are willing to pay pretty high prices (its almost $1500 to buy all the DLC). I don't think they even have a publisher, nor do they have much need for one. Steam handles all that for them. They don't need to spend much on marketing, essentially most people in their niche market know about this if they are into model trains. They noticed when they put out a zombie DLC, it got tons of sales, many outside their normal niche market. Obviously there's a crossover market for something like this. And it didn't cost them much to make the product either, they just took chunks out of the existing train simulator, threw in some extra trains, scenarios, and routes (essentially just stuff they already do for DLC).
Its very likely it will sell at LEAST as well as a couple DLC packs together (which is likely about all the resources it took to make this), and very possibly it will be their single most bestselling product if it is able to appeal to people outside their niche model train market.
Sounds more like a brilliant business idea to me with a very high potential ROI (and at worse, a small ROI, there's almost no way they can't make the minimally spent resources back), than something deserving of firing someone.
Good thing they aren't relying on publishers populated with people with opinions like yourself. This comment was edited on Oct 25, 2012, 18:49.