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Only 12 weekends before the game gets released.
So a few observations, questions, thoughts.
How many betas will there be in those 12 weeks? Three? Four? Less? If there is an open beta then that probably cuts a couple of those weekends away. Also if they have a pre release (which is likely) that also cuts into another weekend.
So realistically how many 'useful' weekends before release? 9? 10? Thats not a very long time. Especially considering what people saw (more importantly didnt see) the last beta. Coupled with the whole question about crafting.
People really think the game will be ready in that amount of time? To think that you have to believe the game is at least 90, if not 95% release ready as of right now. Which also assumes they 'fix' stuff people find then release that build for people to play/test.
This idea that they have been giving versions 4 or 5 generation behind their current version is folly. Why would they do that and if they are and those versions are still broken what does that really say?
if we dont get a beta this upcoming weekend, that is another one down. So when do people realistically expect to see a beta?
Another point, will they have an extended 24/7 beta, not just a weekend beta (with down times). Maybe one that lasts 5 or maybe even 7 days? With maybe a rebuild or a hotfix added(without taking the servers down) to test that technology.
When you look at it there isnt a lot of time. People still like to cite 4 months or whatever nonsense they have over. But it is realistically less than 10 weeks before they have to have this game release ready. Even in the digital download age where they can make changes right up until they offer it, that isnt a lot of time.
The fact that there has been almost nothing (of substance) since they announced the hard release date is even more troubling. Sure people blame the holidays and whatnot, but the world hasnt stopped the past two weeks, and other than some innocuous PvP video there hasnt been a lot of news. Two weeks represented 14% of the time they had from then til they release the game. Thats a pretty decent percentage. 2 weeks now represents almost 17% of the time they have left. if we dont have any new news or a beta then what? 2 weeks will be more than 20% of the time they have left.
There is a severe diminishing return on how many days they keep delaying news and how many days they have til release.
This next week should be eventful, if it isnt it will not look good. Especially when this is supposed to be the time when the hype machine is at its peak. Right now its complete crickets.