Quoted from FlippyD:
For me these changes highlight how little I care for the theme. POTC is not a dream theme for me but with the full package they unveiled it seemed magical. It was just enough cool shit to cross over into "gotta have it" territory. Now that it's being stripped down it's falling out of that zone for a lot of people.
The calculus for the average high-end pin buyer is something like THEME+FEATURES/PRICE = BUY or NOBUY.
This was the post i was looking for again.
Exactly what i was thinking when watching the original reveal in Chicago last October.
Dream theme? No. But when they rolled out the entire package it really did seem "magical"! Blown away.
The spinning discs represented some of the coolest "gotta have it" shit out there. No movie clips with actors? So what. No original call outs or music? So what.
The upper PF rocking ship combined with the discs, artwork, layout, Keith coding just made it a SPECIAL pin.
Ordered a CE with Joe that night.
Tell me how stripping down a game at this point comports with Jack's statement from day one that he wants "Woz to be the least innovative pin JJP ever creates and they expect to do better each time out"?