I'm more and more disturbed by the arguments being brought up here. I'm actually starting to wonder if LeHah's method of argument isn't perhaps the way to go here - maybe you guys really don't understand logic or common sense, and the only thing that can be done is to yell at you until you go away? I truly hope that's not the case, but it's starting to look like it...Everyone says EA is just testing the waters. That is absolutely correct, and you should all be scared shitless.
This is lovely stuff, here. Number one - EA does not actually know who buys a console to get their game. All they know is how many people get their game. And in any case, they have no reason to care about who buys a console to buy their game, because they don't make any money through console sales. If we accept your logic, then it would be reasonable to assume that the best bet for EA would be to make the game for the PC - after all, that's the easiest, cheapest way of cashing in on the existing WC fan base. If, as you argue, EA is trying to find out how many flaming hoops we'll jump through to get the next WC game... then surely they don't care at all about profits? Surely, all they want is to make fools out of WC fans and destroy the WC franchise, because they're so terribly evil? That makes perfect sense, except for one small detail - it's crazy-talk. It's paranoid gibberish.EA wants to see if we, as WC fans, will fork over $400 just to follow the genre onto consoles (since apparently the Vista thing isn't gonna happen). EA wants to see if we'll forget that WC was a space sim (moreso than an arcade game at least) and buy the game even though it's an arcade game.
It is an arcade game, developed for something called Live Arcade - a service where arcade games get released for players who are looking for arcade entertainment. You getting my drift here? EA isn't saying that from now on, all WC games are going to be arcade titles, just like they weren't saying all WC games are going to be strategy titles when they released Armada back in 1994. I'm sure, if this game was being developed for a mobile phone, you'd have no difficulty comprehending that Arena is not EA's all-encompassing vision of the future of this franchise.If we'll forget that WC had depth and plot and character development and memorable scenarios and all that, and just care about mindlessly fragging our online opponents. You know what the single player looks like from the screenshots so far? Destroy X number of asteroids! What the hell kind of Wing Commander game is that?
That's right. What you write is so perfectly logical, it has to be EA's clever plan. They're hoping to make lots and lots of money off Wing Commander by not developing any WC games for a decade, and then, when everyone's forgotten what Wing Commander is about, cashing in on this forgotten brand by releasing a title entirely unlike the original game, thus screwing the franchise over. Genius. With cunning plans like this, it's no wonder EA is the world's biggest games publisher and developer. Again, all that makes perfect sense, except for one small detail - it's crazy-talk. It's paranoid gibberish.EA does not care. They are testing the waters to see what they can get away with in terms of screwing over our favorite franchise. Maybe they thought that after ten years, we'd forget what WC was all about.
I think you're way, waaaaay too obsessed with Wing Commander. LeHah is clearly a far more casual fan than you are. You have your narrow vision of what a Wing Commander game is like, and you refuse to accept anything outside of it. LeHah is willing to look at an arcade Wing Commander title and say, "hey, if it's fun, I'll play it.". And yeah, I'm sure if they made a racing game, LeHah would be interested in it - as would I, and thousands of others. A space racing game set in the WC universe... jeepers, how cool would that be? Only if it was a well-made and fun game, mind you.Unluckily for them, this is not the case...to some degree. Apparently, a good deal of you are WILLING to forget. I'm looking at you LeHah. If this game was released on the Playstation store, you would have bought a PS3. If it was a racing game with the Wing Commander name, you would have praised it for staying so true in having the same ships. LeHah is one prime example of someone who is completely willing to let everything slide as long as they get new, official content. If there's anyone here who's trolling (although I fear I have delved into said realm myself) it seems to be LeHah. People voice their opinions, and LeHah seems to find every way to shut them down.
Again, your clarity of vision astonishes me. You've shown us all the way. We now know exactly what to do in order to persuade EA to make a new WC game - we must not buy anything with "Wing Commander" on it! We must show those greedy bastards at EA that there is absolutely no money to be made with Wing Commander! Only then will they finally invest millions of dollars into a proper Wing Commander game, secure in their knowledge that their investment absolutely will not pay off!You know why they're releasing Arena first? They want to see how low they can go before the fans riot, how little they can do to still make a profit off the WC name. If Arena fails, then yes, we'll see a better WC game, and EA will try something different, because they're forced to. EA will not miss a chance to cash in on so big a name, we've seen it before, and we'll see it again.
...Need I even point out how crazy you sound?