I have no evidence it was ever said GC3 would never go on sale, so I can't really comment on something I haven't seen.
I've looked through emails, I've looked through the news posts and I see nothing. It's highly unlikely anything like that would have been stated on the store page. So if anyone has any actual reference to this, I'd certainly like to see it, but otherwise I can't address something I don't have any confirmation on.
Hey Island Dog, please take my post with a spirit of conversation. I'm not angry and my world is not crashing down
I never received an email stating the game would never go on sale. But I did I receive an email on 2/21/14 with the subject:
Last Chance for Discounted Galactic Civilizations III Pre-order
A few things -
I understood pre-order to mean being able to order prior to release.
I also understand now that with the advent of Early Access "release" is a gray area.
I also understand that the offer was for the "Founder's Edition"
<----- This is the difference between Early Access and the "Founder's Edition" I bought - a $15 badge
I realize you guys had to make a call as a company to go with the new wave of Steam Sales for Early Access games. I happened to be one of many who feels like I paid the price for a lesson you benefited from. Honestly, and I hate I have to say this, I've learned not to buy a pre-order from you no matter how many times you say last chance for a discount.
Also, I did email customer service about this and received a form response, and then no follow-up to my response to the form response.
So I get to argue the merits of my experience with those on this board, who by their actions, I know Stardock has brainwashed.
For instance, I laugh at everyone who looked through their emails about this declaring Stardock innocent of all charges! I pieced together a long time ago that once I bought the game my email address went to a different marketing segment and future marketing offers for Gal Civ III went to others, but not me.
So that's my take on it. I played 6 hours of GalCiv III during the same weekend of the Steam sale. I didn't throw up in my mouth or anything - it was great!