GalCiv IV was released on Epic a year ago. I’m not sure what alpha you are referring to. If you don’t like gc4 you probably won’t like supernova. GC4 continues to get updates on Epic. It’s only been a few weeks since the last update.
Even though GabrAuro is bitter in his argument, it is quite valid. The point, from my perspective is that Stardock (which I've had a long love-affair with, because they have had a trackrecord of showing compassion for their players, and I bought the GalCivIV early access on Epic to support the studio) decided to take their business to Epic's exclusivity heaven, probably for financial reasons. I'm not on the fence with Epic as many others, but I prefer having my games on Steam, as it is a superior platform from a player perspective. Finding good deals on future DLC:s, is for example much easier with a steam key.
When Stardock decided to reboot the problematic GalCivIV game with Supernova, I got the impression that the upgrade would extend to the owners of GalCivIV on the epic platform. I didn't expect Stardock to give me a Steam Key when it released on Steam, even though it has been the practice of other studios making the deal with Epic (Griftlands is one example). I would have appriciated such a gesture, ie Stardock showing it's players and backers thet it doesn't expect them to splash out twice for the same game.
But asking for $16 for me to get the expansion on a plattform I've never wanted to be on, if I would have had a choice, or $40 to rebuy the game and expansion on Steam, is not fair.
I won't buy GalCivIV until I'll find a steam key for the gold edition and all the coming dlc's for under $10 and it'll be worth the wait. There are a lot of other games to give my money and my time too.
But I share GabrAuro disappointment of a company that is loosing my sympathy, and think that Frogboy's response is disrespectful. It's because of we like the GalCiv-series that we are disappointed, not the opposite as he states.
For my part it is not about the money. I splash out lots of money to support the further development of Stellaris, even though I haven't liked all the dlc's. I buy the full retail games from smaller studios, and the dlc's, like Code Force (Distant Worlds II) and VR Designs (Shadow Empire), just to support the developers, and hope that they will have the incitement to continue their work.
And Stardock used to be in that category, but now I'm unsure about my future support.