This is the most asked quesiton, and it is honestly the most relevent one. When we made the first Conquest Frontier Wars it cost us about $5+ million to make.
This one is a lot less because we are buiding upon a working foundation, but that does not diminish the fact that our RTS game is extremely complex.
We have hundreds of units moving and shooting at each other at one time across 16 different map - the game is not a simple one to make. We have to re-do all the original units and interface to make them up to 2012 standards, we need to add in all the cool new features like Hero Admirals, resource AI, and finish adding in a 4th race and making sure it is balanced.
Even though we are a small team- we will be outsourcing to other companies to pick up the slack and to keep our costs down.
So while $675k is a lot of money - it is honestly the right amount to finish this game to a high quality level, anything lower could have set us up for disaster, and if you guys trust us with your $, we want to make sure we deliver on a AAA level experience.
This game is big - and will be great !