I had asked this question previously on the old forums but it was never answered and is now gone entirely due to the new forum upgrade so I'll bring it up again here in hopes of getting an official response.
Why is there such a difference in the prices between the RoF Store and Steam when the content is essentially the same, just not compatible?
I have been a long-time RoF fan and supporter (since the original release in 2009), however I have a major conflict: I already own two copies of RoF from the RoF Store (one personal, and one to host a dedicated server with) since I purchased it here long before it ever went to Steam. Further, I have a dozen planes and various add-ons on my personal account that I purchased over the years. All told, I've already spent more on this game than I do on most.
To purchase all remaining planes and add-ons, even with 60% off of nearly everything on the RoF Store, I would have to spend over $178 (US)! To buy a completely new copy of the game plus every DLC on Steam under this 60% off sale, it would only cost me $105 (US). That's still high for most games, but the cost isn't the issue rather than the difference in price between the two distribution platforms.
My dilemma is this; since the two games are not compatible and you cannot use a key from the RoF Store on Steam or vice versa, I'm forced to make one of three choices; a.) repurchase the game a third time via Steam and get all content for almost half the cost, b.) Spend nearly twice the amount to keep everything through the RoF Store, or c.) Not buy anything at all because I can't fathom paying twice as much or buying the same game over and over, no matter how much I enjoy it.
So far, I've chosen option C. I've wanted to reinstall RoF and set up a dedicated server again so many times over the years, and get the members of my community back to playing it again, but being faced with the above choices I've simply chosen to avoid the game all together.
Hopefully, the prices can be brought in line with each other, or you will allow for people who purchased the game from your website to apply keys to their Steam accounts and purchase everything they want there. Perhaps there's another solution I've yet to suggest, but until something changes, I will have to stand on principle and keep it shelved even when I'd love to be playing it again with new content.
Surely I can't be the only one who has noticed this issue and has hesitated about returning to the game as well.