Very good points and I think I agree with both of you. If your value proposition is based on technology enchantment and high-budget production and scope your game will be outdated in 2 or 3 years. Sony stratey of selling a gaming for less than needed only to increase numbers for bragging rights also makes sense, however I lowkey want Nintendo to make the same for their titles. I think most people would give their smaller IPs a chance if they got discounted
Sure Animal Crossing absolutely don't need a pricecut, but I can't see why Astral Chain can't be sold at 40 USD, it will take a while to reach 2 million and is a new IP. More people would give the game a chance if it was discounted.