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Why so mad? Me (and everybody else) are not mad about the delay. We're mad about this being announced on basically launch day (it was 12/12 in Greece). We were ready, we anticipated, only to be shut down by AV at the very last minute. If only they kept us in the loop, there wouldn't be such backlash.
In this last blog Tasos said that they've been deciding over this delay whole last week (probably longer).
Now, imagine this alternative scenario how AV could have handled things, and the only thing that would change is much happier community, the beta still goes on, the delay still happens, but everybody is .... less upset.
Last Friday, when they made the update, if AV said something along the lines of:
"Hey guys we're working really really hard to launch the game, and setup per-order system. But I'm afraid that we might not make our set launch date on time, again. In case that we do delay the game again, then we will run beta until the game launches, this way we maximize on the delay in terms of development and feedback/bug fixes, you guys get more information and HANDS-ON product, and not to mention full integration with Steam from day 1 of official launch to give Darkfall the playerbase it deserves from the get go."
There, crisis averted. Sure there would be people still bitching and moaning, understandable, but it would be nothing like it is now. But now.. they waited 5 minutes before the clock switched to 12/12/12 to announce the delay, when people were the most hyped up and ready to start playing. I hope you can see and understand that this can be very upsetting. We love this game, but we hate the way AV behaves.
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Now, we don't really want Darkfall to fail, we just want to let AV know that they really fucked up this time, so when they deliver on their beta promises and they don't mess anything more up, then please take appropriate actions to remedy each of the steps above.
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Just ignore it, we actually can in no way, shape or form influence Steam. We were just making a statement. If NDA is not in effect then post good reviews there.
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