Reading about Batmn66, many opinions abound. After wading through the muck, my feeling is BM66 will be a lot like BDK but with added toys, features and rules. The point I am trying to make is that BM66 will be an extension of what was already released as BDK. This is a common practice for manufactures to do, and I offer examples of B/W games BK & BK2K and Stern with T2 and T3. When a company designsa game that builds on a previous game they have already released, they have always priced the resulting game with current pricing.
My expectation is this would be priced in a similar fashion. In this case - the premium version is being described as same being at the same level as previous LE models. Well, that seems like a load of crap, but if I bought that line of reasoning, I would expect to pay LE pricing, right? Street prices for Sterns have recently been 5k / 6.5k / 7.5k for pro / prem /le. So Batman66 being like an LE should cost …. about $7.5k. Instead it appears to be heading north of $10k. In that case, Stern is trying to hide a 33% price increase, and that is too much for me to swallow, regardless of how good a game BM66 turns out to be. Waiting to see final pricing, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. But if it turns out bat sh*t crazy, I’m out – you could buy two HUO BDK’s for the same.
One consolation, when reading Stern is mixing different styles of art, my Spidey sense is tells me they mean a hot mess of photo-shopped shit between cabinet, playfield, backglass and plastics. That is the wrong approach. They should pick one design and carry throughout. So while I also don’t hold much hope for a pretty looking game, I am looking forward to playing one on location.