B) Could this "episodes" work more as stand alone games that, once you finish them, all gained levels and inventory are gone and you start in episode 2 (for example) on level 1 all over again? How do you like that idea?
This is what has me most concerned. I really hope that once all episodes are released, they can be played in succession and feel like a single adventure. Character development is important for me, so if that all goes to waste I will lose the urge to continue investing in my characters.
Why did they have to go this route?!