I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but I have a bone to pick with Ossian studios.
I'm going to start this off by saying I enjoy everything Beamdog has to offer, and I'm all for supporting studios like Ossian. I think they did excellent work on completing Darkness over Daggerford... when it was a free expansion to download.
The biggest problem I'm seeing here is that I'm failing to see what here warrants a price tag of $10. People, perhaps, may argue that a $10 price tag isn't expensive. That's true, but what here am I getting for the price?
I don't know if this is a miscommunication issue or something, but reading from the Steam website: "12 new music tracks. New character portraits (12, to be exact). Some voice-over work, and over 500 bug fixes/gameplay improvements."
What do you classify as a "gameplay" improvement?
Again, I'm all for supporting studios. However, let me put this into a better perspective. NWN:EE is a game that was built so that the install of a free module could inherently be updated with ALL the new graphical features/fixes flawless integrated. Simply put, you can install a mod and still receive the benefits.
Why does it seem like I'm paying $10 for a glorified patch to the game? The kicker is, I'm an avid supporter of everything Beamdog does. So I'm going to end up buying this anyway.
However, what's to stop me from just downloading the free version? What are these "gameplay" improvements? Clarify a bit more, whoever is in control of that!
I can use the free version, and still receive the graphical updates, and still have a nice, working experience with the game. Voice acting, I can live without. The soundtrack is an okay addition, but why not just bundle that as a soundtrack/mod that essentially just attaches to the free Darkness over Daggerford, applying new songs to the game? You could price it at $5, and you might even make more money that way.
My biggest question, what's going on here? I DON'T want to see a $10 price point for the Aielund saga, or any other big modules. I DON'T want to see a $10 price point for the Prophet series of modules! I want the modders to update their content for the EE edition of NWN, and I don't want to feel I'm given a cheap experience of having to pay for a patch so that the content would be updated for EE.
Price the portraits as $5. Price the soundtrack + a mod that allows you to add it into the game as $5. Give me the gameplay improvements for free. That model sounds more appropriate to me.