A BIG Announcement - A new strategic direction for Detective
We wanted to notify you of an important strategic decision we have made regarding this campaign and Detective: City of Angels. While our original intent was to offer the game through retail distribution, as we have with all of our previous titles, for a variety of reasons we have made the decision to change our strategy for Detective: City of Angels. This will be our first VRG Select title that will only be available via this Kickstarter campaign and through very limited direct channels (vanrydergames.com, at conventions, and through any other direct partners that acquire the game directly from us) upon release. Said plainly, Detective: City of Angels will not be available through normal retail channels*.
Due to the high cost of the game to produce we believe this is the best route for Detective (you have probably seen this approach taken with other high-cost games funded on Kickstarter). This direction makes a lot of sense for both us and the game and allows for more flexibility in many areas, in particular: the quality of the game components; being able to price aggressively compared to cost (note that the Kickstarter prices will be the best pricing); and being able to produce future expansions for the game at the same level of quality that you expect and Detective deserves!
We want to be very clear that we have the utmost respect for and very much understand the value of the retail sales channels. This has no impact on our other titles which will continue to be made available through retail as well as future titles that are not VRG Select titles. We wanted to have a brand label in the event another game in the future warrants this strategy so you will be able to quickly and easily understand that the game will not be going to retail.
We are very excited about this decision and feel like it really positions us to succeed both with this title and the company. If you have any questions at all about this decision we will answer them to the best of our ability.
*Note the exception that retailers that back this project are able to carry and sell the games purchased through this Kickstarter campaign.
Thanks and let's get on to that next Stretch Goal!!!
AJ, Evan, and Vincent