It's certainly an interesting route to take, engaging consumers is important and having the opportunity to influence the direction a developer takes is probably something a lot of gamers would be keen to get involved in. I understand why it would have to be boiled down to votes, there's simply not enough time in the day to trawl through every detailed suggestion that they would undoubtedly receive if they made it more open.
With games like Minecraft and Project Zomboid, gamers have shown that some of them are willing to take a gamble on a developer by supporting a game long before it's finished, so perhaps they are ready to invest even earlier. Especially when it gives them some influence over not just one game, but the developer itself. What do you fine folks think? Would you be willing to invest in a new studio with the promise of limited influence?
Ex Cryptic staff form crowdsourcing studio... [gamesindustry.biz]
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