Well, in all honesty that was to be expected. We want better and bigger games all the time and we don't want to pay more for them. Companies are scrambling to find ways to make as much as they can from their products without alienating their customer base. It's a complicated situation to say the least. Sure we can reduce it to greedy investors and companies execs but that's only part of the truth.
Right, but I did not really mean to imply it was greed, no I was only saying it was a shift in focus. Game companies are allowed to decide their focus is on money, I am not a socialist's, capitalism works IF there is true competition and the customers are informed and not complacent. That is why I always support laws that enforce the truth in advertising (like product labels and material data sheets) even though I am a more a libertarian in all other things. Not regulations, just give me proper info and then let me decide which companies get to stay in business with the power of my wallet.
I still think Todd has passion for making games (especially this space game as he has wanted to make this for over 20 years). He also has a mortgage, but Starfield will have to be way better than Fallout 76.