Chronicles of Elyria begins price increases in preparation of pre-alpha releases

    
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Great ready to pay more for Chronicles of Elyria.

Soulbound Studios announced this week that it is preparing to raise the prices on all of its packages, a move that the studio said it will repeat every eight months until the game releases. Actually, instead of “we will increase the price,” the studio is preferring the phrase “we will continue to decrease the deep discounts” to market this. Bravo.

The price increases range from $5 to $50 and will go into effect on November 8th as the game grows near the first pre-alpha release. In addition to making packages more expensive, Chronicles of Elyria will be retiring its nobility-for-hire packages in about a month, cutting off players from literally buying the kingdom. The studio has other plans for its monetization schemes, such as the return of layaway and a la carte purchases.

(For the record, the proper way to read the headline is out loud, rap-style.)

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Johnny

If its something you are playing, and you paid for it, its pretty well much released. Paying to test something is weird. They should be paying you.

Lateris
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Lateris

How many eight months do we have? LOL

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possum440 .

“Guilting”, the new monetary standard in the gaming industry today. If you do not buy now you will miss out!

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styopa

Honestly, this seems like a dumb strategy. There’s little value to pre-buying any more. I’ll happily wait until it comes out (and miss the launch queues, lag, server crashes, bitter ragefests in forums, etc) and then buy in, if it still doesn’t suck.

I’m just not sure the slowly-taking-away-the-carrot has ever been a successful marketing strategy.

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silverlock

The packages aren’t much of a deal if you figure a spark of life is $30. The cheapest package is $40 doesn’t give beta access and only gives 1 spark. So why buy it at all? The skippyness of the packages was one of the reasons I decided to wait for release on this one.

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Kapier

The price of the game has 2 components. A base game (unlimited) and a spark of life (approximately a year). When we look at the kickstarter page it says the Elyrian tier comes with: “Digital download of Chronicles of Elyria with 1 Spark of Life (retail $50) “.

Assuming it costs 50$ later, the package is cheaper. However as you figured out right i dont think it is smart to buy into that tier at this moment if you are not a hardcore fan and fear to lose your money as there is some risk involved.

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Zuldar

This seems counter-intuitive. I could understand a price increase after the game is fully released but not while it’s not even in full alpha yet. If you haven’t already invested maybe just wait for release.

Kapier
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Kapier

The developers wrote in their announcement: “We assert that our earliest backers took the most risk on an unknown studio with big aspirations and should therefore enjoy the best value for their faith in us!”

Lets say someone bought his package through kickstarter in november 2016 the prices now rise in november 2017 as those people took a higher risk pledging earlier than others. Nothing wrong with waiting for the release though.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Just another day in the sausage factory.

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fu

OH NO, I better buy now before it’s too late, not./sarcasm off

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Eliandal

Definitely a novel way to attract new investment!

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Raimo Kangasniemi

They are just moving from the ‘ugly’ part of game fund-raising to more ‘respectable’ ways to raise money through the main product, the game, itself.

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Tandor

Or, at least, a pre-alpha version of the game. Charging anything, let alone charging more, at that stage of a game in development still sounds pretty “ugly” to me!

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Melissa McDonald

I can totally hear that in a “rap” voice. :D