I gave the forums a bit of a search, but haven't found any word on future plans for pricing.
I'm liking this idea of episodic release - its a move that several devs have suggested, but never followed through on in the past. What I'm concerned about is the price-to-content ratio.
From what I've found - I don't think Telltale have yet commented on what their long-term pricing policy is.
- $19.99 for *each* episode is too much! - I'm not necessarily talking from *my* perspective here - I'm refering to Telltale actually keeping its head above water. It has to gain an audience, and swing that audience around to a new and experimental idea, and as we all know - people are afraid of change - a *lot* of people are uneasy about this whole digital-delivery method of distribution, even though its the only plausable way for games such as this to survive in the industry.
- basically, I would have thought it highly advisable to make this debut installment as inviting, well documented, and smooth as possible - even if the price goes *up* one the system is established.
What I'm hoping is that $19.99 was only for the first installment, and subsequent ones will be $10-$12... Otherwise, we're looking at a potential payout of $40 (close to usual retail price) for between 5-10 hours gameplay! - This is *realllly* pushing the good-will of your audience considering there are minimal distribution costs involved. Its bad business sense - don't try and get the big bucks from day one! - You'll cripple your chances before you've got started!
If the plan *IS* to release subsequent episodes at $10 instead - then please tell us! - make it very, very obvious that this is the plan! - the lack of an obvious pricing policy for episodic games is going to make a lot of people wary... if you don't inform people, they start to assume the worst.