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The winning comes from the special relationship Mark and his team have built over the years with their fans. CSE has a lot of allies and friends, people willing to protect the studio and be understanding / patient when things don't go as planned. This relationship is invaluable and no matter the outcome with CU (I'm confident that it's going to be a resounding success), I'm sure it was worth it to directly deal with the fans, especially during the shitstorms.DMKano said:I am surprised that MJ has been taken his time for this long to address the forums directly - because there is no winning for him - the outcome will always be a shitstorm in the end, because inevitably someone gets upset and starts shitting down the devs throat at every turn they see.
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?
I agree with you that it's a warning flag. I think that the context of the "mixed" score is important too. The first wave of reviews was overwhelmingly negative (80% "not recommended"), while now, not even 48 hours later, the reviews are generally positive (about 66% "recommended").Ozmodan said:Any time you see a "mixed" reaction on steam is a warning flag. The game is basically single player right now, the multiplayer aspects are flat out broken. So I stand by what I said, they are killing their game releasing it in this state!francis_baud said:56% of the reviews from english speaking players are positive on Steam, which isn't disastrous for a game that just launched in early access.Ozmodan said:Should never been released to steam in this state. Most of your early adopters will reject it and probably never go back to it. Dumb move by Snail.