Its one of the playoffs of what the game is/who the game is for.
This has been a bit of a thing with the game from launch. Is it an RPG/Board game, thus PVC single pose minis are “fine” for a lot of people, or is it a full wargame, in which case things like multipart models with options and swappable load outs is far more typical and expected.
I obviously favour the latter for my wargames (though have no issue with board games too, trust me, I’m a gamer, the format is borderline irrelevant), but some people came in expecting a more board game feel whereas others wanted more wargamey… so I’m always trying to tread the line between the two.
HIPs is only really worth doing if we can get flexible kits out of it. There are a few companies out there (GW…) who can put wargame standard figures in their “board games” (see Underworlds or Warhammer quest for good examples of that) but even then that sometimes frustrates board gamers who want to open and play and may not be experienced with building multipart kits, let alone have the tools.
Kingdom Death is another great example of that. I didn’t back it originally as it was going to be PVC minis which are not my jam, but it morphed into HIPS along the way. For me that was an improvement for “pure” board gamers, not so much.
SOIAF is an interesting one, again its a hybrid board/wargame… I think the nature of rank and flank means you can get away with single pose minis a little more than in a skirmish game where every model is a unique “hero” tier with full customisation.
Ultimately it comes down to how you engage with a game. If the playing pieces are simply tokens (and I don’t mean that with any negative connotations) then anything from a card standee/pog to a full mini does the same job.
If you want a fully visual 3D experience then all the trappings of a wargame, with bespoke figures, terrain etc are needed to sell the dream. The reality for us all lies somewhere along that spectrum (as with all things in life), so you go to the level you need to enjoy your game.
But certainly the sizzle we are trying to sell is “wargame” with distinct minis, 3D terrain etc, ideally all painted even
For the plastic kits, if we included sculpted bases its at least a whole other frame (for the Power Armor sets, so twice the tooling/shot cost and an accompanying price rise… and no one wants to pay £50+ for three power armor models…) or for the gangs, the removal of all the optional heads, weapons and base add ons, at which point you either need a game like Underworlds with fixed profiles and weapons or else might as well go back to PVC etc.
For some people, PVC (or similar) fixed pose is preferred and that’s totally fine, its just not what we are selling here.