I'm thinking about getting this, too. But after my recent bad experiences with Matrix releases, I'm probably waiting until it's available on Steam.
OOC, what bad experiences were those? I've had my eye on a few products of theirs over the years but the high prices have always kept me away.
Put shortly, it is the release of games in a state that would normally be called beta or early access, as full price or massively overprized products, combined with developers who are oftentimes unable to cope with any kind of criticism and a totally fanatical fanbase that tries to shield the developers from said criticism.
It was mostly two games in recent years. One was Command: Modern Air / Naval Operations (CMANO), and the other was TOAW4.
As a longtime Harpoon player, I was really looking forward to CMANO when it released in 2014, but as it turned out, a ton of features the developers spent years advertising and hyping on their own homepage either weren't implemented, were just implemented as placeholders, or aren't really working even today (mostly concerning things like mine warfare, hundreds of placeholder units without detailed stats and the braindead AI that relies completely on scripting). And for an asking price of 80 bucks, that was pretty disappointing to me.
The thing that then really drove me away from that game was the behavior of the developers and their most loyal fans on the Matrix forum. I spent the first few months after release trying to document bugs, especially incomplete placeholder units and nonworking AI behavior. The problem now was other players in these forum threads constantly playing down each and every issue with the game as well as the developers demanding proof of bugs and other issues before even considering fixing something.
So everytime you found some problem in the game, you'd have to spend days or even weeks having longwinded discussions with the rabid fanbase and the developers before anyone even acknowledged there was a problem. At some point, I just went away because I don't have time arguing with people about a PC game and working as an unpaid beta tester after spending 80 bucks on an unfinished game.
In all these years, I have never seen a crazier gaming community than with CMANO. I mean, at some point it got so bad that a forum user, not affiliated with the developers, offered me money as a "refund". He actually paid me the price of the game on release in exchange for the license key. He said he wanted to clear that sale with the developers, so that they could then remove the key from my account. Now, years later, the key is, of course, still in my account, and I'm pretty sure he paid me money to simply stop me from writing about the game on the forums.
The other game is TOAW4, which I wrote about in the respective thread here on the forum. To put it short: Incomplete manual, reused scenarios from TOAW3 (or even earlier) where they didn't even take time to modify the scenario descriptions from the old versions, reusing the complete readme file from TOAW3 without even taking the time to modify the included links to the product page, and the list goes on. Oh, and almost a year after release I still didn't have working game music and I'm pretty sure the game still crashes when I try to pick a scenario because the game can't deal with folder structures for non-english language versions of Windows.
So I'll probably simply buy any future Matrix releases on Steam to be able to refund them if any problems occur that the developers are unable or unwilling to fix.
Edited by Der Zeitgeist, 16 November 2018 - 0211 AM.