A huge amount of work has been put into updating the Infinity games (President, Congress, Prime Minister U.K. and Canada), but it isn’t sustainable without a better financial model to support that development. A better model will give a stable financial basis so we can continue to invest in the Infinity games and expand our investment beyond what we are doing now.
So, I am announcing we will be moving to a base product + subscription model. What does this mean for you?
For someone buying a game new, they get the game + 1 year of updates and customer support. After that, a person can choose to purchase a yearly subscription for $8. (If the subscription isn’t renewed, a person can renew later on but for an initial rate of $12, then $8 after that.)
The subscription covers updates and support for all the games you own, so if you own all 4, you get updates to all 4 for $8 a year.
If you already own the game, you will be grandfathered in for updates and customer support for a certain amount of time. You will be grandfathered for from 1 year if you just purchased to a minimum of 3 months for anyone who purchased more than 9 months ago.
This is effective May 27th, so anyone who purchased 9 or more months ago will have their updates and customer service period expire on August 27th, 2018. For everyone else, the date is 1 year from their original purchase date.
You can tell when your current updates + customer service will need to be renewed here (and clicking to get a redownload e-mail). You will be e-mailed before the renewal time to let you know, if you haven’t already added a subscription.
You can also add 1 year to your subscription term beforehand here so you don’t have to worry about it. (This will add 1 year after the point it is set to expire, so the new expiry date will become September 1st, 2019 if it’s set to expire September 1st, 2018).
Game development will move to an official release for each major product every 3 months or so. This is an estimate. So on a subscription, you can expect 4 official updates (following a minor-major-minor-major release pattern) per year per product. The goals for upcoming releases will be stated clearly on the web-site for next release here, but these will be only goals, and subject to revision. They simply give both the development team and customers an idea of what to expect and focus on.
Anthony Burgoyne, Lead Designer, 270soft
Q. I already own the game. Does this mean I have to purchase it again?
A. No. If you are an owner, you only have to purchase a subscription ($8 per year) to continue receiving updates and customer service after your current term expires (August 27th, 2018 or later, depending on when you originally purchased).
Q. Will I be able to keep playing the game if I don’t get or renew a subscription?
A. Yes. You can keep playing the latest version available before your subscription expired.
Q. Can I unsubscribe?
A. Yes. At any time, if you don’t want your subscription to renew, simply contact us and we will cancel the subscription renewal for you.
Q. Are you promising 4 updates per year for each product?
A. No, but the goal is 4 updates for each of the Infinity games per year, roughly once every 3 months. The goals for upcoming releases are here.
Q. I thought I would get updates until the end of the products’ life-times when I originally purchased. Isn’t this unfair?
A. The option here is between switching to a subscription model for the Infinity games, or to update them less (or even not at all). Since the intent of subscriptions is to allow 270soft to significantly change the games, this new policy effectively starts new products that are more sustainable.
Q. Are you on Patreon?
A. No. Adding extra features for something like Patreon means more time spent not making the games better. If you want to support us more, the best way to do that is to give feedback, help with creating campaigns, and let other people know about the games!
Q. Will this change be able to cover improvements desired by the community, such as full-screen support and possibly mobile apps on iOS and Android down the road?
A. Yes, that’s a big part of doing this – to be able to continue updating the games. Full-screen support is something that might happen – mobile phones is more problematic, as it would probably require a complete redo of the user interface, but iOS and Android tablets are possible.