Yeah that's been interesting, it has not been discounted once since release afaik. And that seems to be working quite well for them financially.
There seems to be a couple titles that do (or don't do that). Aquaria is another one I haven't seen go on sale in the 18 months I've been watching it.
I wonder if that's the beginning of a trend, I know game makers hate endless discounting. I think there probably a good argument to be made that excessive discounting actually hurts profitability. There's a sweetspot for optimal pricing and games may be going too far the other direction after decades of being too high
So I added Aquaria to my wishlist like 3 years ago, and I could swear there were 1-2 Steam sales shortly after that where it was discounted a bit, and I just didn't bother picking it up. But yeah, for at least the past 2 solid years, that game (and Spectromancer, randomly) are the only two games on my Steam wishlist that never get discounted. The developer must've decided that if anybody remembers Aquaria at this point (because it certainly isn't well known enough to make a Flash Sale or Community Vote Sale at this point), hopefully they'll want it enough that they'll pay full price for it.
And yeah, the complete lack of Shovel Knight discounts is kind of baffling. I feel like it's been kind of a bad sale for trying to get newish indie games on sale. Just not a lot of interesting stuff in the Flash Sales/Community Vote Sales, or it's the stuff I happen to already own. It's either old-ass stuff that I assume everyone remotely interested has already bought (Magicka, Terraria, Sanctum 2, etc.), or it's new stuff that I just have no interest in (Goat Simulator, Gauntlet, etc.).
I suspect you are right. And personally I am near that point with Aqauria, I'll probably just get it full price soon.
kinda fell the same about the selection of indie titles in Xmas sale all I've bought so far are AAA ones, but I think a good portion of that is me generally owning what I wanted out what's available for Indie games except for the super super new stuff
Yall should really just buy Shovel Knight for full price. Like, it's possibly the best game of the year. Easily worth $15.
I mean, I guess if you don't like platformers maybe keep waiting until it's $7.50 or so, but even as someone not that big into platformers, the game is my favorite of this year and possibly one of my favorite indie titles ever.
Instead of getting more big AAA junk, folks should try an artisanal sandwich of classic platformer goodness.