Emily Dickinson wrote:
I think the main challenge for 4e at this point (as it has been since well before Essentials) is that selling new material is always more difficult once enough material for a very full campaign has already been released. No matter what happens with the game, I think they will have to look at other parts of the brand besides the RPG for their profits in 2011 and 2012. I don't hope for much beyond Heroes of Shadow sized supplements increasingly few and far between.
This is true. The Paizo model seems to be working well, though... and I thought we were going to see more of that. Things like Player's Handbook Races: Dragonborn, Vor Rukoth, & Hammerfast. All of those were really good, and it seems like they could have done more with that kind of thing. I've heard that the Players Handbook Races line didn't go over too well.
I'm thinking the product line does well (especially for an RPG), but it's still not good enough for Hasbro (sales-wise). To me, that's a concern, and it could be what's creating the whole confusing mess.