Originally posted by Cruddy
Hmm... the ONLY people with license to sell expansion packs for Civ3 are Infogrames, right? Anyone else gets sued.
So this idea of secrecy to prevent spoiler products to quash Civ3 expansions can't be right.
Here's my theory; given the huge investment both Firaxis and Infogrames put in before a single copy was sold, I would say they're sitting on a few bits and bobs that they can release if they need to make a few bucks to cover a quarterly deficit.
HOWEVER, they need to see if it's commercially viable - CIV3 sold right through its production run and new copies were produced to meet demand.
PTW, on the other hand, was heavily discounted quickly - at least in the US.
Until there's a demand, no release. So you can either.
1) Bombard Infogrames with e-mail demanding expansions - which you won't get unless PTW sells.
2) Bombard Firaxis with congratulations and fervent hope that their next games are at least as good as Civ3.
Personally, I'd go for option 2.