Reward Tier Revamp, Art Book & Boxed Copies!
A couple of days we passed the $75,000 mark on the game, so again we want to say a big thanks to everyone involved with the project! That means we’ve hit our first stretch goal and will look to be hiring a dedicated level designer in a few weeks, once we’ve done a bit more work on the tools and the tilesets they’ll be working with.
In the meantime, we’ve been looking at our reward tiers a little – particularly the $50 reward tiers. First thing to say is that we now have a preview of the Art Book, which you can find here. This is a 6-page preview of what will be a 48-page full colour book (A4 pages), the purpose of which is to show off a selection of the best art in Xenonauts and provide commentary and background on it both from the artist and the project lead.
This is the item I’d actually be most excited about getting my hands on if I was a backer, and it is available as PDF at the $50 reward tier, in softback form at the $60 tier and in hardback form at $100.
The item that other people seem most excited about, however, are physical copies of the game. We have therefore added a physical copy of the game as a choice at the $50 reward tier. We have created a new tier for this, but this is because we cannot edit tiers once people have already pledged at that level. If you have a $50 pledge of any kind, you will be able to choose a DVD copy of the game as your reward if you want.
These copies will be a standard black DVD case with a colour printed front and back, containing a printed 20 page manual and a printed DVD containing a DRM-free version of the game. You will only receive a single license for the game though, so you can’t (legally) give your physical copy to a friend and keep your digital copy for yourself.
Though several people have asked for them, we will not be offering a deluxe boxed copy with various cool things in it for a few reasons. These would be a more premium item and we’re not sure there would be enough demand at a higher price point to make up the minimum print runs these require, and while we are confident we could sell a hundred normal DVD copies of the game throughout the rest of development if we had them left over after the Kickstarter, we’re not so sure we could do the same with a deluxe boxed copy.
There’d also be quite a lot of time investment into adding extra goodies to the box, whereas it’s relatively simple for us to do a normal DVD copy. Less postage / shipping costs for a small and light DVD box too!
We’ve also added a reward at $50 where you can choose an extra Premium Pre-Order as your reward, giving you a spare copy to give to a friend (again, this is open to existing $50 backers too). A few people have requested it, and it reduces the amount of physical goods we’ll have to distribute when the project closes, so we’re all for it!
Finally, we’ve confirmed that the Xenonauts will be available on GamersGate on release, and that will be a DRM-free option for pre-orderers if you’d rather take that over a Steam key. We’re still looking at other options, but that’s at least one lined up for you!
EDIT - just to clarify, the physical copy and the second digital copy of the game are standard $50 rewards. If you want to pledge at $75, you can choose two of the $50 rewards, now: poster, t-shirt, digital art book, physical DVD copy, second digital copy of the game. The same logic follows for the higher tiers too - you can replace any of the existing three $50 rewards with one of the two new ones.
EDIT 2 - Just added the $85 tier for people who want the softback Art Book plus one additional $50 reward (t-shirt, poster, DVD copy, second copy for a friend)!