Not to completely derail the discussion and talk about Terraria, but I don't see a problem with stopping updates. It was a complete game when it came out: the updates were a BONUS. I don't see why it's so horrible to want to do something else with your time as a developer. I think the reason was because everyone pegged it as "a 2d minecraft", and minecraft has said from the beginning that they will release free updates 4 lyf.
Same thing with AVWW, to a lesser extent. If Arcen said tomorrow, "You know what? AVWW just isn't what we want to do anymore," then as disappointing as that would be, it's hardly shameful. It reduces the value of the game, sure, but I don't think it's cheating you of anything, nor is it shameful (unless from the outset they promised a specific number of months of free content updates, or whatnot).
Mostly because they went on and on originally about "Yeah! Continuous updates, that's what we'll do!" (no, really, this was said OFTEN early on) There actually WERENT very many. I mean, there were some decent ones, but.... Suffice it to say, it was disappointing. Dont say it if you are gonna end up not doing it. When they DID drop it, it was very abrupt, and for some, seeing that the next game was gonna be something similar ANYWAY didnt really help.
And yeah, I know they obviously never HAD to do any updates at all, but one way or another, it still bothered alot of players. One of the big things that KEPT alot of early players into the game for awhile WAS the promise of "many updates! And often!". There were SO many bad jokes made comparing that idea, to Minecraft and Notch's extremely random and often delayed updates (which is how he was doing them at that time). The bloody forums for the game, I ended up leaving because people WOULDNT SHUT THE HELL UP ABOUT IT. And then........ dropped, gone. Maybe not "shameful", but still..... annoying, at the very least.
Also, the BIG problem with that game for most players was an absolute lack of any replay value whatsoever. Once you'd gone through and beaten all of the bosses and gotten super duper equipment...... alot of players just lost interest at this point. Which, no matter how I look at it, is strange, since it's a Minecrafty, sandboxy game, but I'll be honest and say it happened to me, too. So more updates woulda probably gotten more people back into it.
I dont dislike the devs or anything like that, no no no, but..... while I might be interested in their next game, I'll likely wait AWHILE before buying it, knowing how Terraria abruptly ran out of content after a short time, and knowing that the updates to increase that DID NOT keep coming for very long.
Never played the game, but I must ask?
Did the game deliver what it initially offered to do?
Hmmm.... there might be different answers to that depending on the player. I thought it was a decent enough game, myself, but..... others viewpoints may differ.
....anyway I'll stop yapping about this one at this point and let things get back to topic here.