atdsutm wrote:McNash wrote:All right, all right, so everyone vented off their opinions, and apocalyptic predictions have been done, and now for some delicious statistic data...
Seems like the discount sale did its trick and managed to more than double the gaming population of this game, sadly SteamDB doesn't seem to be able to show the amount of game owner anymore but last time I checked it was ranging approximately 110,000.
It's interesting to notice that every 1-2 months or so AoA has a surge of population which usually rise up to 450-650 players, then stabilizing to an average of 250-300 players, the overall trend for the game is to hold a decent amount of people without actually making a major breakthrough, as things are, balancing work combined with sales offers are the most effective way to promote the game, I theorize that making a free to play weekend as well as 3 consecutive 50% discount offers every 6 weeks combined with some tweaks and 2 new maps may manage to make that 450-650 players per day the new average, making it a reasonable platform for preparing the next iteration of the game.
Of course, this can be done while Eugen gets ready a new Wargame iteration, or something completely original, this would mean yet another source of income for the company, after all creating new brands may help with Eugen's domestic economy.
This might even increase with more content and modding tools from Eugen.
Well honest to tell you, I suspect Eugen can actually afford to do such a thing as, at difference of the likes of EA, they seem to have permanent staff, with a fixed salary (probably many of them are game developer practitioners... so yeah), so either Alexis puts them to work in something, be it released Wargame games, AoA and any upcoming title, or he is basically throwing money to the windows, what I wonder is how many actual software engineers do they have in the team, as they are the guys who go beyond the "HEY LOOK THIS IS SO COOL I AM DEVELOPING VIDEOGAMES" and do the cold, hard, down-to-earth budget and project planning.
Not to be disrespectful with the practitioners, but I myself am going through a course of software engineering so I have been hammered to the point I no longer believe in passion or dreams, just dedication and objectives, the way it has to be