This bothers me, as a fan.
So, what has essentially happened is that the original Evolutions was split in half, got new artwork, and one new story?
I’m not going to call this wrong, because I don’t think that something morally bad has happened. But I will call it blatantly greedy. Splitting up Evolutions and adding new stories so that you can have people buying new books? I could actually live with that. But only some artwork and one new story was added. Seems a bit lazy and ill-thought out.
I’ve said before that no company has any real ‘duty’ towards its fans except for providing them with a decent product, and as such fans can’t really effectively gripe and beg for more. But can you call this a decent product? Probably. The stories in it haven’t really changed, so it’s not like they took out anything good. And I can’t say that they’ve put anything poor into it.
But, as a fan, I kind of wish that whoever made this decision had a bit more respect for us. I mean, is that all that 343i sees us as, a group of people to wring money out of? I know that I have no basis to stand on here and demand more respect, but all the same I’d kind of like it.
As a side note, I’d like to say that I’m not directing this at the mods on this board or the people like bs angel, Vociferous, and Cocopjojo. You guys are here on a regular basis, interacting with us and doing your best to ensure that everyone gets along and has a good time. To accuse you of having no respect for us would be erroneous at best, and treacherous at worst.
This is directed more at the people who make the decisions as to what gets produced next, the managers. As a fan I’m asking you if you could have a bit more respect for us when you make decisions like this. We’re a loyal bunch, if you treat us right. I’m not asking for a whole new novel series, or even for a new version of Evolutions with tons of stories. I’m not about restitution. All I’m politely asking is that you guys please think about the fanbase a bit better before decisions like this are made. We’ll buy what you produce, but we’d like work put into what we’re giving our extra money for. That’s all.