Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dust News from Olivier Zamfirescu

Olivier Zamfirescu of Dust Studio just posted this update on Facebook.

Hi everyone,

this is what happens sometimes when you get out of the office for a few hours: you have too many messages to read when you get back! Now that the DUST has settled (good one right?), I'm going to jump in and try to answer all the questions you have asked.
First of all, I read ALL your concerns about us working with a new partner, Battlefront. It has made me very happy to see that some of you would be so concerned: it means that you care and so you must like what we make. So we must do some things right, otherwise you wouldn't care. Right?

Onto details now:

Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare miniatures are not going to change scale. Period. We have a TON of things planned, and as Paolo mentioned a few weeks ago we are already working on the miniatures that will be released in 2015... And I still have a pretty good idea of what's happening after that. So no worries here. You're stuck with us FOR YEARS.

Also as Paolo said recently, 15 mm (1/100 scale) is something we both love. Do we want to do something in this scale? Yes. When? I don't know. What shape / form / etc? No idea yet.
Well, I have a few ideas actually, but they are just that: ideas. In my twisted mind only. Yet.

Will this one day mean the end of the 30 mm (1/48 scale)? NO. We have so many things we want to share with you. We are always trying to increase the quality of our miniatures and are not done trying. Believe me the last thing we want to do is to stop.
I think it's also important to explain that the decision to change partner was mutual. Many people don't believe it when this is said but in this case it's true. It is quite difficult to explain, so you kinda have to take my word for it. One company wanted to focus on its core activities. The other one wanted to continue to grow, discover new horizons. There are no hard feelings, there's no fight. It was time for a change and we're all certain here that it's a change for the better.

Of course Paolo, Vincent and I are very attached to Dust Tactics. It's our baby. The game we have been wanting to make for years and years. I think the first time I heard Paolo talk about it was in late 2000 or early 2001. So, yes, we care a lot about it. But that doesn't mean we don't care about Dust Warfare as well. I don't know where some of you got the idea that we didn't care. There is absolutely NO WAY we're going to abandon Warfare players. We're going to do everything we can to make the transition from one team to another go as smoothly as possible. I hope there won't be any delays and that Warfare fans will be able to enjoy new units as quickly as possible after their release. Whatever happens, please believe that Dust Warfare is very important for the whole Studio and that it will have our support for a long time. As the title of the announcement says, Battlefront is to take over distribution of Dust Tactics and Dust Warfare. No one thinks about abandoning anything. We're just changing how things will be distributed. Of course some things are going to change as Dust Warfare was a licensed game. But again we all think it will be for the better.

About prices: recently Paolo explained quite frankly that there would be a price increase this year. There are many explanations to this, and NONE are linked to us teaming with Battlefront. Plastic is more expensive. Paper is more expensive. Manufacturing is more expensive. Shipping is more expensive. Just to name a few. Even with the price increase, I still think that we offer a very affordable range of games and miniatures at a very competitive price. Sure that's just my opinion.

I know some will find that our products are always too expensive. That's the problem with miniature gaming: you always find it too expensive. I've been collecting miniatures for the past 28 years, and they were already too expensive then. But when I see what we offer I'm very comfortable with the price we have. I don't want to compare with anything our competitors do, it's useless. But if you honestly look at what we do, I think you will agree with me.

And at last I would like to talk a little about what's coming. We have GREAT stuff to be released in the next few months. We have AMAZING models coming up. Much awaited units are going to join your armies and I'm quite certain you're gonna love them. The changes are not going to change this in any way: if you already like our miniatures, you won't be disappointed. And if you like our games you will continue to enjoy them for many years to come.

Happy gaming to all,

Thanks for the update Olivier.