I've been personally excited for Crimson Alliance ever since first playing it at E3 2011. Now only a couple weeks from release, we have exclusive details on the unique pricing options Microsoft and developer Certain Affinity are offering with this Xbox Live Arcade hack-n-slash.
Crimson Alliance is a co-op-focused action-RPG that features three classes -- the sword-wielding mercenary, the magical wizard, and the stealthy assassin. If you want to be able to freely choose between these classes, you can download the regular edition of the game for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15).
However, here's where things get interesting: If you're one of those people (like me) who knows for sure that you're only going to be playing one class, you can download a single class pack for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Individual class packs will be available to download for all three classes, and they will include full access to every level in the game and four-player co-op with friends -- you'll just personally be restricted to playing whichever class you downloaded the pack for.
Crimson Alliance producer Tom Potter explained the reasoning behind the myriad of options for paying for the game:
"We wanted to provide more options when buying Crimson Alliance. With the individual Class Packs, you experience the entire game as one class, at a lower price. So if you are the type of person that plays as a Wizard character in every game and no other, you have the option to buy just that character. On the other hand, if you want to play as all three characters, you have the All Class Pack option. Either way, you get the entire campaign and hours and hours of intense, action-RPG gameplay."
As an RPG player who almost always plays as a warrior, I think this is a pretty brilliant payment model. I can pay $15 to get access to every class or just grab the class I know I'll want to stick with anyway and save 5 bucks.
In addition to the pricing news, Certain Affinity shared a new trailer showcasing Moonshade, the Assassin character. Check it out below and see if it's enough to convince you to just get the Assassin Pack. Alternatively, for a lengthier look at Crimson Alliance, check out the 25-minute preview theater video we created.