Hi guys. So I wanted to discuss with you why we added paid version and why we are not actually just greedy ass EA or something like that. I am gamer myself and I get upset on these kind of things too. Upset in not the right word. Outraged maybe. I can’t stand DLCs, other shady practices and bullshits. But gamers and game devs are quite different people. Both of them look at the situation from different standpoints and it usually seems like game devs are evil. Maybe we are, idk :D. But in my opinion we are doing the right thing.
So we think that we need more financial support. That is because we are trying to go full time game dev and that is one way of doing it. Yeah you might have liked PCA as a free game but we think that we can do more with a paid game. A lot of people felt that we were way too slow to bring you updates and we were way too inactive in social medias and we feel the same way. We will solve those issues when we will go full time game dev. We really want to develop more games and release more updates to PCA just like we have envisioned it but we need more support from you guys. I totally understand if you don’t want to buy our paid game and I totally understand that a lot of you will just get a pirated version but I want you to understand that by supporting us financially you are making future updates possible. I don’t ban you from the community if you have pirated PCA Advanced, I understand that you don’t feel like the price is fair or maybe you have other problems with it but I still want to hear your guys’ ideas on how to improve the game. And if you pirated the game please buy it when you will feel that we have provided enough content and enjoyment for you to purchase the game because your support means a lot for us.
If you want to play for free still left an option. We haven’t made everything paid. You can enjoy almost everything that you had before update 1.4 and even new things that were brought with 1.4. We have locked certain features but it is really possible to play without them.
About locked features. A lot of beta testers are mad that we locked features that they were enjoying for free. But we had to test those features some way, we couldn’t just release them broken as part of a paid game and expect everyone to understand. That would have been even worse. Also we didn’t want to rip off everything from free version. We have added quite a lot of new features of 1.4 to the free version and we will keep on adding new things to free version in future updates
About locked parts. I think that it isn’t such a big problem. I just checked and there are 598 components in PCA, so almost 600 and only 84 of them are locked. That means that only ~14% of components are unavailable in the free version and the majority of them are high end parts so you can play the game without them, it doesn’t break the game.
About the beta versions. Future beta versions will only be available on PCA Advanced. That’s because it will be easier for us to manage and it won’t anger people when we will lock some features in the beta from the free game. Don’t get it wrong though. We will still update free version. We have set up both versions of PCA so that it would be easy to develop them both at the same time.
That’s only our view of the situation and we would like to hear your opinion on this situation. Let’s discuss in the comment section. Thanks for all the support guys!!!