I got to play a lot of Section 8: Prejudice at PAX East this weekend. The game is shaping up really well. Great mix between Tribes, Battlefield, and Halo. I was very surprised then to discover that Section 8: Prejudice is being released as a $15 XBLA game. It's scope and production value are far beyond anything I've seen in an XBLA game before. It made me wonder if we are seeing the very beginning of the shift we've been asking for; a new price point for big games?
I spoke quite a bit with the development team, and they said that they are building the game as if it were a $60 box release. They recognize that the "Section 8" brand can't go toe-to-toe with Call of Duty or Halo, so they hope that a $15 release will help get their game into more hands, and build their fanbase.
Personally, I'm super excited about the game. It was a lot of fun. Being a show floor demo, it was difficult to see just how much "scale" the game really has, but what I got to see was very impressive.
I really do hope more teams and publishers follow this approach.