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Old smoke and mirrors trick. Doesn't matter if they have a list of items to complete, what needs to be added is when do they project each task / all tasks to be done.
I told Mark long ago I don't care how busy they've been, nor how many tasks remain, tell me when you believe they'll be done.
I think that it's the exact opposite of radio silence. They're allowing us to directly see (and be part of) the progress through updates, newsletters, live streams, Alpha testing, forum posts, etc.
[...] But going on radio silence for long periods of time, never the right approach, unless you plan on suddenly announcing, great news guys, we'll be launching beta 1 next Tuesday...surprise!
From what I've seen CSE is terrible at estimating dates. They've missed many of the dates they've announced. (it's not dramatic though, every studio has its weakness, and I prefer that over a lot of other things) Hopefully they will announce a date only when it's 100% sure that they'll make it. Like, after they've entirely implemented and polished every single system of the Beta 1 build. ^^Yep, I know full well what happened, doesn't excuse the lack of a schedule today.
On the Kickstarter page, I found this: Estimated delivery of Beta 1 Access: February 2015. If I am not mistaken (and I often am), CU has not yet entered Beta testing. Forgive me if I'm wrong about this, I Googled about CU being in Beta and didn't get many clear results. If they aren't at least in Beta 1, they are 2.5 years late on their original estimate.
I fully believe that the developers are working as hard as they can on this game. I also believe that they drastically underestimated the amount of time it would take to build an engine from scratch and develop the entire game. What other conclusions can you reasonably draw?
Considering how much things have been delayed, after giving the developers their money, it's not unreasonable for backers to be concerned or frustrated. I do believe the game will eventually be released, but if the development pace so far is any indication, it's a long way off. What CU has working in its benefit is that there are few new, decently funded MMOs in the works to challenge it when it does eventually release. For this type of experience, what else do we have to look forward to?
CSE decided to put december 2015 as estimated release date when they asked people to fund a portion of the game development. The discontentment comes primarily from that I guess. If they had put december 2019, those who would have backed would have known what to expect from the beginning and we wouldn't even talk about it. If you order a hamburger at the restaurant and the cook says it's going to take 10 minutes, but after 25 minutes you still haven't got it and the cook has been telling you 100 times that "it's coming soon!" [censored the rest of my little story ^_^]Realizer said:It seems like people forget how long it takes to make a game when you aren't simply modding existing assets sourced elsewhere, versus actually making it from nothing. WoW wasn't made in the 1 year press cycle it had. They worked on it for years before anyone even knew about it.
If no one knew about Camelot Unchained till last month and all of a sudden they announced beta within 6 months, no one would say anything about the time it took.