From Cliffski’s blog:
"To answer someone’s question, the campaign will not be a free patch, it will be some sort of DLC. "
Upon reading this, I couldn’t help but feel more than a bit of disappointment as well as a bit of confusion.
In relation to the confusion - it was mentioned that the new campaign mode would be connected to a sever to draw player fleets and such into it. However, one question I’m hoping to ask is that it is this completely necessary? Can we have a pure single player campaign that draws from a set of pre-existing fleets? The reason I ask is that having it needing to connect to servers everytime is annoying, especially since I’ll be moving to the middle east soon and internet connection can be annoyingly difficult to get at times, while the speeds are 56k-tastic.
The disappointment relates to the fact that its DLC. I love GSB, but one of the things that bugged me about it is that there’s no real decent single player aspect to it. The campaign, while nice, is really plain to the point that its annoying and limits replayability. While challenges are fun, I don’t really play the games for the MP - especially since half the time I’m stuck in places with no internet and the other half most of the challenges need the expansions to play.
The type of campaign being proposed for GSB is something that, in all honesty, should have been in the game from the beginning. Its not really fair to get people to pay for single player that should have been there as part of its default feature set. If the campaign was the basis of GSB2 with a whole different set of ships, features and such then yes, I’d understand it costing money - but something like this basically changes the game experience at its core.
I understand coding it all is hard work…but it feels like a rip-off in a way since I’ve paid $20 not for a game but for a work in progress and it looks like I’ll need to pay half as much as I did to actually get to the good, fun stuff that really appeals to me.
At the very, very least, Cliffski, I implore upon you to release just the campaign without any other content as a micro-expansion, along the lines of $2 to $5. That way at least while people are paying more to get what should’ve been there in the beggining, its not a ridiculous amount to do so.