I’m frustrated that I pre-ordered based on the reveal and was super pumped about the discs and other features, only so-so on the theme. The Discs were unique and core to the game.
Now I’d buy every pin available if it wasn’t for some of the standard reasons: (space, time, spouse, geographic location, money). So I’ve got to limit what I’m buying new each year.
I’ve passed up GOTG and have been holding off on IM which I both liked as themes more but was less than impressed with the features. Bought a SWLE and DICE, which left me super excited for the next JJP since I felt like SWLE had cut a few traditional corners that I didn’t like as a collector.
As a collector, not an operator, I’m drawn to the features. Less stressed about durability at 12k+ plays or a price point for a premimum model which I can flip once done on the route.
To take out a core feature just leaves me questioning why I’d wait on a pre-order where something gets fundamentally changed after so long. They committed to the Features, I deposited based on the Features and I passed up and delayed other purchases based this situation.
If I can’t trust that they commit to a BOM they advertised, I question if the company will pull the rug out under me regarding updates, support and all the other things we’ve experienced with manufactures in the past.
Let’s be clear, there is nothing about making the discs that is impossible. If something doesn’t work with it, there is more than one engineer, designer, manufacture, machinist, fabrication company who could assist out here. It’s time and/or cost that is an issue right now.
They’re making a choice of giving up on feature to get the game out sooner, breaking a promise to the consumer, which is why I’m frustrated enough to spend this time writing a post.
Expected more from JJP... hope they figure something out to restore trust...
Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:
Revealing prototype, unfinished products prematurely has always had pitfalls in pinball history from manufacturers. It remains an indicator of financial income issues. This has nothing to do with wishing a company to be successful as a enthusiast of the industry.