Now, a year later, the game is coming to Steam. We could have just released GalCiv IV on Steam and then immediately put out Supernova as a separate expansion pack but I think we can all guess how people would have reacted to that. So instead, people who bought it on Epic are STILL the only ones who have access to the finished GalCiv IV game. On Steam, the bundled GalCiv IV + Supernova is in early access. Supernova is also available on Epic as a $15.99 expansion.
So let's recap: Finished product released a year ago. A year of significant free updates including updates that could easily have been charged for as DLC. A year has passed and like every game out there, there's an expansion pack.
And people think it is "reasonable criticsm" to demand that Epic users, the ones who got the finished game + a year of meaningful updates + future free updates should also get the expansion pack for free. That is insane.
That is why I come across as "defensive" on this issue. I'm working right now, on a Sunday. I'm the same age as you. And I have people who have the gall to call us "greedy" while demanding free stuff that they could not possibly argue was envisioned a year ago (ChatGPT didn't even exist a year ago). There are some types of customers you just don't want. And as the CEO of the oldest 4X strategy game development studio I can assure you, 99% of people actually are reasonable.
I appreciate your answer, and I understand your perspective better now. I'm really sorry that people call you greedy, because that's far from the truth, when looking at Stardocks history with previous games. And I'm sorry that I forgot that there are real people behind the screen recieving the messages.
I'm a teacher and have gotten my share of unbalanced criticism after giving my all and doing my best. I've been playing your galciv games since the end of the 90's (if I dont disremember, didn't you make a game for apple computer), and played a lot of galciv 1 and 2 on PC in the 00s.
I never really got into GalCiv3 but I bought it and almost all the dlcs anyway, because I imagine that will change when I really have time to sit down with the game. And I like supporting studios that make games I like. So when GalCiv 4 was in early access on Epic, I didn't hesitate to buy it, even though I'm not fond of the Epic storefront.
And there is something there that made me lose it, because when Supernova was announced I got excited and hoped that it would mean that I could transfer the game to steam in some way, and also get the fresh start with supernova.
And maybe it's not about you at all, maybe it's about the cost-of-living-crisis that makes me realise that I can't keep spending money on games in the same way I'm used to.
Anyway, I really appreciate that you are trying to find a way for me to buy the expansion on steam, without having to pay from scratch..