Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DNA Cowboy, Apr 26, 2014.
Gameplay is King and the devs should take their time if they can afford it. Especially if this means an immersive, lush, living 3D overland map
The devs have committed to material they know they will be adding over time, post-release, ie: they know they are releasing the game "unfinished".
That is their plan, and they have mentioned it many times. It is unambiguous, so why are we having a poll when we know their intentions already?
That 'Not A Cartographer' is a great one, DNA Cowboy.
They should release this game when it is ready to be released. If that means delays then that is fine.
The game will be reviewed and rated in the state it is in when Portalarium "release"' it. Regular gamers and magazines won't care if there will be more coming later. If it is unfinished then the unfinished game will be rated and it will leave a mark on the game which it may never recover from.
There is a lot of truth in this ... but there are appropriate ways to manage it as well
Like - upon release - having a list of upcoming upgrades / with a strict and set deadline
But the score of the review would not include those list of upgrades as you can only rate that which is "there" at release. And this score would be and stay the in heads of gamers.
Gameplay. And that includes better map.
It also depends on the product that is released - it has to have "enough" promise - demonstrated by solid gaming and "core competencies" .... and minimal bugs
The team has to "sell" both their ability to produce future content as much as the product itself
In other words they have to get "buy in" ... admittedly a very hard thing to do ... but if they start to drop articles NOW about their approach
They can get ahead of the problem before it becomes one - this project - has to be "very proactive" in shaping discussion
If they do that - the player base - will defend the project
Its a community centered approach in the absence of a marketing team
of course if the product is not up to snuff - they should delay
I expect a soft launch of some sort. Neverwinter called it "beta" on launch but it was live. There was no wipe after that. So they had 6 months or so of saying "it's not really finished but you can still play." It's really easy to do something like this when you're not charging monthly fees.
Years ago, L2 did the same thing launching the "prelude" chapter. Sort of play around in the sandbox while we get the chapter 1 content ready.
I agree with this - its easier now - with the "indie movement" and "early access model" however I think that @Lord_darkmoon is correct in not underestimating the public's first impressions
This project is not an ordinary one - there is a lot of expectations because of the names involved in the project
If I have to wait till 2015 for the game to be at the right standard I don't mind, and yes that sure does include map changes, even though that particular discussion is dragging out.
That may be, however, it's still the plan as of right now.
100% to gameplay is the king!
There have been so many games in the past that had their potential crippled by inflexible release dates... I'm sure Portalarium won't make that same mistake.
I saw this somewhere else on the forums, basically:
Ship when ready -> Ultima VII
Ship on schedule -> Ultima VIII and Ultima IX
lol at the OP. Hard to disagree with that eh ?
There was a reason you had to blow the generators up in U7
Elizabeth and Abraham = EA
Especially when the public has put financial backing into a project, the desire for results becomes more pressing because public image can affect so many things current and future. I strongly believe the current "release schedule" should be flexible, both of features and of the finished product, but I also believe that now that preview testing has begun, it should continue at a regular pace even if the desired milestone has not been reached prior. I know I personally would have more faith in logging into "Release 5.3" rather than having them claim "Release 6" with less than half the original goals implemented just because the calendar says it's time, as it appears they're in danger of doing.
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