From: Hoorn (NED).
I lurk this forum for several years now, checking it every few months ... not because I want to play the game (although I was an avid player of military board games for around 20 years, which brought me to Matrix Games doorstep, but I have lost the patience and time for them) - no, I am also a Software Developer and can’t tear myself away from this unmitigated mess.
I don’t question the enthusiasm of everybody directly involved in the creation of this – or even their talent, for that matter. But even with the limited information that is available here (although, if all true, it gives a pretty clear picture) I have to seriously question the motivation and competence of anybody involved on the business side of this project … and also the delusion and blind kamikaze faith on the side of the few hopefuls expecting to ever play this.
Even a cursory overview of the monthly reports and other messages show staggering problems, amounts of bugs, changes and redesigns that clearly show serious basic design flaws tracing back to the very beginning of this (8 years now is it?), obsolete technology, stagnant, clunky presentation, overdependence on a single person for everything from idea to execution, beta testers that have managed to produce a constantly big number of bugs over at least the last three years (no exact numbers before that), numerous and near constant failure to keep any resemblance of a schedule (and yes, I even really believe there was a good reason for it every time), and so much more …
I witnessed such projects before.
The people directly involved don’t have a way out - that ship has sailed. They have seemingly melted into the work, try their very best to cope and often manage an heroic effort to keep things afloat, often at the cost of private life, finances, health, …
People here often point out that posts should be productive. Okay, so let me answer the question of this thread … When? Never! I don’t mean that in a childish “I WANT THIS” kind of way, neither in a cynical “HA, YOU FAILED” kind of way … I am simply begging you to stop this insanity.
For those that are involved in the business side of this … shame on you to let this go on, check out the meaning of the word “management” and then give it a try.
For those that want to play this, want to support this, have done so over the years, are invested and passionate, love this and helped … take a step back and look at what is happening here. Let go … I know it’s hard, but it’s for the better.
Maybe a new start is possible, but please don’t let this go on … no small steps will help here, think more “gordian knot”.
And so ... Merry Christmas Everybody!
Can't ... look ... away ...
And merry christmas to you too. You are entitled to having your opinion here. I don't agree with what you've written here totally, but I think you are right if you want to state that the game isn't on the market at this moment and that it is taking far too long to get there. I share your opinion on that.
However: did it occur to you that maybe, Matrix made an error to start this project and is now trying to make the best out of it, by letting a "madman" (sorry Steve, but you are really positively speaking mad for taking this on...) try to make the program?
Of course Matrix could have opened a drawer somewhere a couple of years ago and put the whole thing into it, never to get it out of the drawer again. The way I see it, Matrix has done the right thing here. They contract someone to get the job done. If not, well: that's the end of it, we've tried the best we can...
I think this is better than discarding the project totally...