Quoted from dgarrett:
The cost isn't the hardware, its artists that know how to the clipping, editing - JPD at Jersey Jack did a heck of a lot with commerical TV graphics in order to produce the content on WOZ and THLE. Is the time involved in the graphics and probably the expertise needed for content that has kept STERN in the LCD development phase for so long.
First off, JP did killer work on Hobbit. Top notch, he's a real pro, nothing but respect.
I just want to say though, as someone who is actively working on a HD LCD game right this moment, and is able to speak from direct first hand experience, it's really not that big a deal to do LCD instead of DMD, just in general. Yes, it's work. But so are dots. Dots are an art, it's not easy to do good ones. Games like Metallica and TWD took real effort and time.
Either way you have to plan out animations and choreograph etc. It's just a medium, the work and planning isn't all that different either way.
If you gave me a choice right now between doing and HD LCD game and a DMD dots game, purely from an effort standpoint, I'd prefer to do the HD one. There are just more options. Yes, you can go 'overboard' like Hobbit (in a good way), into some really intricate territory, but that's just one approach. And if you have a license with video, like Batman TV show clips, you're set.
Batman 66 especially. It's practically designs itself. Is anyone not expecting to see JACKPOT!! in the style of BIFF!! WHAMM!! ?
All I'm saying is take it from someone who's doing it, LCD isn't something cr-a-a-a-azy that needs huge budgets and giant teams to pull off.