This is how you develop games over multiple iterations
http://thegg.net/press-releases/the-ww1-fps-tannenberg-is-out-now-via-steam-early-access/There will also be a system added to allow easy switching between the Western and Eastern fronts in-game. Work on Verdun will continue as well, as it will benefit from the new visual and audio improvements in Tannenberg
Now it's not exactly a brand new game being released but it is an expansion much the way many of us see the new releases of NHL as an expansion. I like how they are not only releasing the expansion as a standalone but also allowing those who own the other game to seamlessly switch between the two from within either.
This will allow both games to continue to have a player base and possibly breath more life into the older game. This kind of ties into the whole yearly release issue that we all don't like.
Instead of trying to get the player base to move on from their game they are offering a discount to buy the new one if you own the old one while also continuing to update and support both games. It's this kind of business strategy that has me totally turned off from AAA games because they don't usually have loyalty bonuses and other benefits to people who continually buy their products.
Does ea offer anything to those who buy nhl every year? Genuine question as I have no clue if they do or not.