|
Your continuous donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » Larian Studios - Divinity Anthology - the good, the bad, the unexpected

Default Larian Studios - Divinity Anthology - the good, the bad, the unexpected

October 14th, 2012, 01:04
Before we get into this, Melvil notes the Divine Divinity and Beyond Divinity versions on GOG have been updated to the new Anthology versions.
Lar has posted a new blog entry talking about releasing the Divinity Anothology and their pay-what-you-want compaign — and how a generous fan undid their plans. As a side note, if you've been interested in this campaign but the average price was to high for your taste, try checking again.
When the PWYW was conceived, we thought that we’d have a lot of sales at the absolute minimum, which basically is 1 cent, and this assumption was actually never challenged. The idea of the PWYW campaign was to on the one hand celebrate 10 years of Divinity and offer Divinity virtually for free (1 cent really is low), thus increasing the installed base of Divinity fans, but on the other hand also to put the Developer’s Cut in the spotlight.
The Developer’s Cut (and Beyond Divinity) were made part of the campaign as a kind of bonus and to not completely ruin ourselves, we introduced the rule that to access the Developer’s Cut, you needed to be in the top 10% of customers. Whether or not that was a sound strategy is a different matter and open for debate, but that was the idea.
What happened however is that for some reason, people started looking at this like some sort of Kickstarter (this was the very first time something like this was done on GOG), and in the very first hours of the campaign, we saw the average pricing go to heights we never expected. Somebody even paid a 1000US$ for one of the games!!! (Thanks again Alquist for ruining our plans btw )
More information.

-= RPGWatch =-
Dhruin is offline

Dhruin

Dhruin's Avatar
Watcher
Super Moderator
RPGWatch Team

#1

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 11,964

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 01:04
Some idiot paid $1,000. I wish I could waste that much money.

"Beware the potato for he is easily angered."- Couchpotato
Couchpotato is offline

Couchpotato

Couchpotato's Avatar
LazyGamer
RPGWatch Team

#2

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Potato Land
Posts: 7,808

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 01:05
I was wondering why the price on GoG dropped from $21 to ~$13. This explain it and it's interesting that they want this to stay at bargain price.
azarhal is offline

azarhal

SasqWatch
RPGWatch Donor

#3

Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,235

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 04:57
Even if I had the money to waste like that, I wouldn't waste it like that…
Capt. Huggy Face is offline

Capt. Huggy Face

Capt. Huggy Face's Avatar
Magicky Utok

#4

Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 905

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 08:53
I'm not sure I think a thousand dollars is that big of a deal. I mean it's a lot of money, more than I can afford, but it's not like you'd need to be a one-percenter to spend it. Lots of lawyers and doctors in the world. And most adults could drop a grand if they really really wanted to. Project Eternity has one hundred and fifty three backers at that amount or above. Four of them are the ten grand mark. Ouch. I wish I could waste that much money!
Bargeral is offline

Bargeral

Who watches the Watcher?

#5

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 98

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 09:57
Originally Posted by Bargeral View Post
I'm not sure I think a thousand dollars is that big of a deal. I mean it's a lot of money, more than I can afford, but it's not like you'd need to be a one-percenter to spend it. Lots of lawyers and doctors in the world. And most adults could drop a grand if they really really wanted to. Project Eternity has one hundred and fifty three backers at that amount or above. Four of them are the ten grand mark. Ouch. I wish I could waste that much money!
This isn't a kickstarter. All three games are all ready out.

"Beware the potato for he is easily angered."- Couchpotato
Couchpotato is offline

Couchpotato

Couchpotato's Avatar
LazyGamer
RPGWatch Team

#6

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Potato Land
Posts: 7,808

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 11:58
ok, im in. Never got the chance to play DD, but D2 by itslef is worth it
borcanu is offline

borcanu

borcanu's Avatar
muist

#7

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ro
Posts: 596

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 13:55
I believe I've seen that Tech Demo of LMK on the "CeBit Home" then.
Little did I know about this game's fate, and I was at that time still rather a fan of Attic (because of the NLT) than of Larian.
I don't even remember to whom of the staff I had talked at the CeBit Home.

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#8

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 15,605

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 14:04
Originally Posted by Couchpotato View Post
This isn't a kickstarter. All three games are all ready out.
It's not a Kickstarter, but the "pay what you want" is similar to Humble Bundle and you can give all the money you give on a bundle to the dev only.

Although, reading the blog in this case it's more of an attempts to enlarge the Divinity "fanbase" than anything.
azarhal is offline

azarhal

SasqWatch
RPGWatch Donor

#9

Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,235

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 15:30
Originally Posted by Couchpotato View Post
This isn't a kickstarter. All three games are all ready out.
Not the point. I get that more people are willing to dig deeper for a kickstarter in the hope that it will improve the odds of success, but my point was there are people with enough disposable income to drop a grand on a game. Also maybe that the kickstarter trend has broken some unspoken rule and now it's OK to drop a big chunk of change on a game you like.

I was surprised they got a 1k-club purchase too. But I wasn't as incredulous as some posters here seemed to be. More like "hey if your going to drop a grand, you picked a good game to do it on".

Edit: Started typing before azarhal's reply. I don't mean to dog pile.
Bargeral is offline

Bargeral

Who watches the Watcher?

#10

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 98

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 20:38
Hey, some people drop $1k on starving children or medical research, others do it in support of their favorite game developer…
Thaurin is offline

Thaurin

SasqWatch

#11

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 2,375

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 20:48
Originally Posted by Thaurin View Post
Hey, some people drop $1k on starving children or medical research, others do it in support of their favorite game developer…
Good for them there still crazy to pay $1k for old games. The other reasons are good reasons though.

"Beware the potato for he is easily angered."- Couchpotato
Couchpotato is offline

Couchpotato

Couchpotato's Avatar
LazyGamer
RPGWatch Team

#12

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Potato Land
Posts: 7,808

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 20:49
To each their own. When this working stiff gets the charitable urge, I go to www.kiva.org, which, incidentally, has a bit of a Kickstarter vibe.
Capt. Huggy Face is offline

Capt. Huggy Face

Capt. Huggy Face's Avatar
Magicky Utok

#13

Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 905

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 20:54
Originally Posted by Capt. Huggy Face View Post
To each their own. When this working stiff gets the charitable urge, I go to www.kiva.org, which, incidentally, has a bit of a Kickstarter vibe.
Thanks for the link. See that is a good reason to waste 1k. Your helping people who need money.

"Beware the potato for he is easily angered."- Couchpotato
Couchpotato is offline

Couchpotato

Couchpotato's Avatar
LazyGamer
RPGWatch Team

#14

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Potato Land
Posts: 7,808

Default 

October 14th, 2012, 21:07
Hope it was the guy who stole their PCs.
JuliusMagnus is offline

JuliusMagnus

Indulgent Wastrel

#15

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 386

Default 

October 15th, 2012, 08:14
Originally Posted by Thaurin View Post
Hey, some people drop $1k on starving children or medical research, others do it in support of their favorite game developer…
I wish people would spend their excess money on charities that could save people's lives, instead of furthering the deveplopment of entertainment products… There are things that should be supported by paying customers in a free market, not by "charity".

Originally Posted by Bargeral View Post
Also maybe that the kickstarter trend has broken some unspoken rule and now it's OK to drop a big chunk of change on a game you like.
To be more specific, games of completely unknown quality they think they are going to like.
Raggie is offline

Raggie

Watchdog

#16

Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 141

Default 

October 15th, 2012, 19:09
Originally Posted by Couchpotato View Post
This isn't a kickstarter. All three games are all ready out.
Exactly the reason why I'd rather pay 1000 $ for a game on GOG, than on Kickstarter.

Already out.

Funny that this seems not to be the intuitive view…
Cacheperl is offline

Cacheperl

SasqWatch

#17

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 272

Default 

October 15th, 2012, 19:18
Originally Posted by Cacheperl View Post
Exactly the reason why I'd rather pay 1000 $ for a game on GOG, than on Kickstarter.

Already out.

Funny that this seems not to be the intuitive view…
If you want to spend 1k on games that came out years go ahead. I can buy all three for $35. I can also assume you hate kickstarters also.

"Beware the potato for he is easily angered."- Couchpotato
Couchpotato is offline

Couchpotato

Couchpotato's Avatar
LazyGamer
RPGWatch Team

#18

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Potato Land
Posts: 7,808

Default 

October 15th, 2012, 19:23
I'll never spend 1000 dollars on any single game, or three games. Most probably I'll also be able to get Project Eternity at much less than $35. Both is not the point.

I dont hate Kickstarter, I'd just rather not pay a large sum of money on something that might fail completely, with so little reward if it succeeds.
Cacheperl is offline

Cacheperl

SasqWatch

#19

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 272

Default 

October 15th, 2012, 21:08
I will never give Larian a single penny since they released Divinity2 in a buggy state where doors disappear then refused to patch the PC version (the Xbox version was instantly patched) until the expansion pack came out. They stole my fifty bucks. I want my fifty bucks back.

This company does NOT deserve your goodwill.

If you want to play the games (Div2 is fixed now, and Div1 is one of the best games of all time, but quite old) go ahead and pay the minimum. Don't give them extra. They're not a charity. They're not your friends. They don't need your help. They are selling a product. You're a consumer. Be a smart one.
rodalpho is offline

rodalpho

Traveler

#20

Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 10
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » Larian Studios - Divinity Anthology - the good, the bad, the unexpected
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 16:41.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright by RPGWatch