First thing - i want to apologize for mistakes i could possible done in this text, because i am from Urkaine and i learned english only from games and movies, and my grammar knowledge is very simple, but i hope that you will understand me.
Here is the page where you made your promise. You said “US=YOU”, that you will always listen and respond to the community. That is all i am asking: a simple resond to a question, that i will ask in the end of this text. I am NOT asking to change your mind, to do something, or anything else, all i want from you - is to speak with us and tell us your opinion about this, because we really want to hear it. I really want to hear it. So, all i ask from you is:
…openly and honestly. No bullshit.
I will start by saying that Left4Dead 2 was the only multiplayer action game that i have bought in steam for many years (i also have a Rust, that was a gift, and Contagion, that i recently bought on sail for few dollars, because it was woth it). And i bought it just as soon as it was released. Why? Because i liked how Turtle Rock is approaching to game design and marketing. First they made an awesome game, support it by fixing any ballance issue (even a tiniest ones), they are always aware of any problems that gamers encounter and quicly fix it. Second - they was releasing new maps, and even did remake of l4d 1 maps (and a good one, where all maps adapted for new type of monsters), and all of that - for free! So, actually, first they created game, second - made it twice more awesome and replayable just for the people to enjoy it.
After that i decided: if they will ever again create a multiplayer game - i will buy it, because i trust this people more, then any other developer of the multiplayer fps game i ever known. Imagine how happy i was to know about development of Evolve, and even more - that i will be able to play this game solo against teams of people (i searched game that i can play without team for so long time…)! All 2014 i was saving the money to finaly buy it, but release date moved, and i waited, also tried the big alpha, found out that game is awesome, made few suggestions on steam forums and here.
But looking at pre-odret options for this game was left me in frustration. After bying the game i can buy - 1) new team of hunters, 2) Even more hunters, and more monters (that is what i need more, because i gonna play mostly mosters). So, you offering to have almost twice more content for additional money? And even more - you split game apart even before release, and selling parts that are cut off as a “dlc”? That would be totaly expected from someone with a horrible money-grabbing reputation like Electronic Arts\Ubisoft, but you - you was the last people on the earth from whom would i expect to do things like this.
So, here is my simple question: WHY?
All i need to know - what is changed, what made you do this kind of a change in your policy? From a studo that creating free dlc when their game is long time released you became studio who selling dlc even before game is released. Is the reason that you just want to make more money and no matter how, or there is more complicated reasons that i cannot imagine? Maybe your team is in trouble, or you need that to help someone you know? I don’t know the answer, only you do. Please, can you share with us your thougts about this?
p.s Maybe you thinking right now “what a greedy person, complaining about few extra dollars that we need from him to pay for what he wants to buy”?
Here, in Ukraine, price on dollar is always increasing during last year because of our war. It raised from 8uah to 16uah, that have lead to increased prices on eveything, almost in twice. But our paychecks is not increased at all - for example, i am disabled person and cannot work here, so all my month income is 900uah social payment to disabled people. With current exchange rate it is 58$, per month. But i need to pay the rent, buy some food for me, and my cats a dogs (all picked from streets, so they are more like my friends, then pets), and pay for the internet. That leaving me with only few dollards left, so i don’t even thing about things like concerts, girls, travels, and other ways of having fun that requiring money. The only way for me to have fun (except playing with my cats) is to read books, watch movies and play games. This is why i spend money only on most awesome games, that i would play for years - because i will not have chance to buy another game simply because i will need to spend monts, if not years to collect money to buy some. That is why i am so bothered about situation when i need to pay almost like for another game to unlock full content of this game (and maybe even more when more content is released). Yes, i can always don’t pay and play basic version of the game, but i want this game just to play monsters… all of them…