To summarize somewhat, it seems from the poll that about 1/4 of posters don't want Steam, and that the rest wants it or is fine with it. Now it's a business decision most likely, and the rest of input will be from factors not related to us, stuff like what Frogboy described in his post (payment schedules, negotiation with publisher, etc). I remain hopeful that the fact 25% of potential market (extrapolating heavily from one small sampled poll) is against Steam will lead to keeping alternative purchase models available. Hell, I am willing to pay a reasonable premium in price to avoid Steam. Just to be clear, the actual premium in price would depend on a game but I'd say that paying 10% more on the average to not have Steam would be acceptable to me.
Pretty much this. I'm one of the 25%.....to that poll at the top, I'm even in that slim 7%.
I won't buy this game if it needs steam/impulse. Simple.
I will buy this game if there is an alternative:
1) Able to hack the game so it does not require steam to run
2) Can purchase a version that does not require steam to run (even if that version costs more)
I don't even want to buy the preorder right now because it could end up with steam/impulse...if I could be garenteed that steam/impulse would not enter into the equation, Stardock would already have my money.
I've listed in a previous post as to why I don't like depending on these downloading consoles. I have installed both steam and impulse to see what they were like and how they operated. Both imediately grated on me and both were uninstalled in very short order! Even the uninstall was a pain in the butt as the clients kept placing spyware and other malicious files on my computer to try to get me to reinstall in the future. The tool showers advertisements on you and completely annoys you right away as they attempt to badger as much money as they can out of you.
If I want something, I'll buy it. I don't need to be pressured into it.
Anyways, this one was a little more 'ranty' than my last post. I apoligize if it's too offensive to some.
I sympathize with FE and there shipping/payment problems they've had, but imo, it's worth the hassle over pissing off your customer base.