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Lufbery_Boy
01-19-2004, 01:42 PM
Just tried to pre-order a copy of the upcoming add-on expansion pack but UBI doesn't ship to Europe. Could you please offer the option of downloading this for those of us who benefit from a broadband connection? I wouldn't expect this file to amount to much more than the last patch and have my credit card ready! A half-hour wait is preferred to the week's wait via airmail. Can't wait to jump into the cockpit of that Ta 152 H-1! The rest I can do without unless a Spitfire MK XIV somehow makes it in time...

Lufbery_Boy
01-19-2004, 01:42 PM
Just tried to pre-order a copy of the upcoming add-on expansion pack but UBI doesn't ship to Europe. Could you please offer the option of downloading this for those of us who benefit from a broadband connection? I wouldn't expect this file to amount to much more than the last patch and have my credit card ready! A half-hour wait is preferred to the week's wait via airmail. Can't wait to jump into the cockpit of that Ta 152 H-1! The rest I can do without unless a Spitfire MK XIV somehow makes it in time...

SpinSpinSugar
01-21-2004, 08:31 AM
This isn't going to be another staggered release fiasco is it?

Can't see it on UK Amazon at all.

Cheers,

SSS

Arm_slinger
01-21-2004, 08:36 AM
They better not http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif, that'll be grossly unfair if they did, if anything Europe should have it first this time http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Bearcat99
01-21-2004, 10:06 AM
All the Bn&Mn aside that is an EXCELLENT suggestion. It would be nice.

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Lufbery_Boy
01-30-2004, 02:29 PM
OK Oleg and UBI.com, now that you've announced pre-order availability for the North American market, why not grab yourselves a credit card service provider and offer the pack as a download?

I guarantee increased sales from a truly international community! After all, relatively few of us need the German or French versions, although these could also be offered in a separate package. With a valid E-Mail address provided we could be given unlimited access to the download sites should there be any problems due to high traffic loading.

Tell that marketing staff to move on up to the 21st century!

Salut

nearmiss
01-30-2004, 05:18 PM
UbiSoft is the publisher...

How do publishers make their money...publishing something.

A download ain't publishing nuttin'. You can count on this thing being boxed and distributed through EA, GameStop,etc.

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mllaneza
01-30-2004, 10:03 PM
No nearmiss, downloads are still publishing, they're just doing it digitally. The server and bandwidth and ecommerce (shudder) infrastructure almost certainly costs in the same order of magnitude as the printing, pressing and shipping. However, it cuts out the retailer and wholesaler's cuts, so the publisher comes out ahead.

But it's a very different business model. The implications of the changeover are extensive in non-obvious ways. The VP in charge of the physical distribution will want the online process under their control, the CIO will want it, if only because he'll have to support it, a senior executive might propose a whole new division with a new head. the political complications alone can take 18-24 months to work out. Then there's the fundamental nature of a corporation. You have to budget the planning and prototyping after all - then you have to budget development. That's *two* budget cycles

Ubi's in no hurry on this. No major publisher has tried it, although some small publishers are making it work. The excellent Galactic Civilizations is only available as a download and it's over 400MB. Shareware has been around for a long time, but a download only product that's CD sized is relatively new.

Veteran - Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1993-1951.

Aaron_GT
01-31-2004, 09:09 AM
I've preordered a copy from HMV (14.99 or
thereabouts). Nothing at Amazon so far, though.

Aaron_GT
01-31-2004, 09:12 AM
Publishing by download is still publishing,
and in cutting physical distribution costs
offers a good model for distribution. With
downloads you only have to cover the bandwidth
cost per product actually sold, and each
product is shipped to where it is needed.
With physical product you have to try to
ensure that you stamp just enough copies
for each market, and not too many, and not
too few, and get them to the right places.
If you have too many in one shop, and not
enough in another it is a big headache, as
are unsold copies. This is why there are
lots of remaindered book shops selling off
unsold copies of Geri Halliwell's Guide
to Feng Shui Tofu Knitting or something.