Matrash and Steve were not needed to create a playable WiF game -- we already had CWiF. The current iteration of MWiF is functionally identical to CWiF. The version of MWiF that is on track to not be released is no different, save for two unwelcome distinctions: it will cost money and it will not include the Edit Mode that allows you to create your own scenarios or interrupt scenario play to embark upon fanciful "What If?" games or undo the bugs that periodically crop up.
I mean, if you want to get sprung because the graphics have been tweaked and there's a complete user manual and unit bios I guess it will be a very Merry Christmas if MWiF is ever released, but after nearly a decade of "work" this game has not changed in any substantive way.
And you know this because you are a beta tester or somepone developing the game or content in somw way?
I know this from the monthly (now perhaps bimonthly? quarterly?) progress reports, which we all agree are very thorough. CWiF has no A.I., does MWiF have one? Was one promised? CWiF has 3 scenarios, how many does MWiF have? How many were originally intended? I've seen the graphics and play from the playtest AAR, the former laughable the latter unchanged from the game that I downloaded for free 10 years ago.
Perhaps I'm wrong and MWiF is substantively different from CWiF? Please correct me, let me know how these many years have been spent profitably. (SPOILER ALERT: I will be unimpressed by accounts of the convoy system being perfected or Vichy crashes eliminated.)
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While I am not allowed to discuss MWiF. I can say CWiF is a bugged nightmare with horrid graphics. I thought it was shameful to ever be released in it's original condition. With that said, complain to ADG on that score. It was their project and their release.
Regarding what has been publicly said about MWiF. IMHO an awful lot is different, beginning with the unified map, better graphics, and improved code. Steve's contract does require an AI as he has stated many times. Will there be an early release without it? I have no idea. That is up to Matrix. How many scenarios, again that is up to them. They might give us all of them or hold some back for paid expansions like so many games do. Those are business decisions to make something profitable.
Now then are people disppointed because they can't have the game when they want it. Yes they are. But so is a 3 year old when they cant have what they want when they want it. Complaining about slow develpoment time is like complaining to GM, Ford etc... that your car doesn't get 100 MPG. Could they do it? Yes, bit it will take awhile before it gets done. How long have they been working on it. Well three plus decades. My grandfather was a VP for GM when it was a solid company in the 70's and 80's. Anyway, complaining about development time becomes pointless and childish in the extreme. Some things just take time. How much who knows.
Critique and constructive criticism are fine and dandy and help to identify real concerns. Flaming is just mean, vindictive and something I expect from bullys and children. Personally I just want the flaming for the sake of trolling to end from anyone who does it. Weather someone (myself, you or anyone else) is a troll reveals itself in the message they present. Does it convey constructive points or is it just a lot of complaints. Do the complaints offer suggestions or solutions? Or is the poster just being mean and ugly towrds people.
Integrity is what you do when nobody is watching.