I am not a hindsighter but I felt all along that this game is so big and so difficult to bring to the computer that maybe one person cannot bring it to fruitation to everyones liking, I will be thrilled if Steve can bring this together by the end of September but now I have great doubts. I know this wont sit well with everyone and I dont want to be one of those trolls but I am hoping the game will be out by Christmas and it will be a decent game we can all enjoy, this is in no way derogatory towards Steve in any way, I am not a programer and do not understand anything about programing but I think I have common sense and just maybe I am letting my deep disappointment show in this post and for that I appoligize to all of the posters who have helped me in the past including Steve. With the AI and all the optional rules I think its just too big of a game. SORRY!
No game is too big to make, depending on whether you are given enough time. Give him some time, encourage the best, and be patient. I keep seeing people freaking out in this forum because they cannot play it! I bet, if the game was half done like that World War 1 game by Ageod, the screams, and the disappointment, would never stop.
The AI needs to be in, otherwise they will not make the sales. Plain and simple. And with enough time and tinkering, testing, the AI will be more than good enough. It might not be if this game gets rushed. Patience, this isn't some average game we are waiting for you know? It is WiF...think on it for a while.
I agree with you 100% Sapper but my conclusion is that this enormous endeavour to make this game come to life is possibly too much for one programmer, back in 2004 I read where Matrix signed this contract to put this game into computer format, I then lost sight of it until about 8 months ago when I got very excited about the possibility of this happening soon. I believe in my heart and soul that Matrix should have assigned a number of people to help Steve do this game with Steve as the head programer, I know it is a little late for me to say this now but I cant help how I feel. I should not have posted my feelings on this forum, and stating my feelings is surley not going to help things along.
If any mistake was made it was Steve announcing a firm date maybe do to duress in reading the feelings of people on the forum. I agree, do not put this game out to it is ready period! And do not give any date out until it is done! There has never been a better forum moderator than Steve in all of computing war games thru the years and I do hope he takes my opinions to be just what they are, just opinions. [forgive me I have never been Mr. positive]
I can see where you are coming from, but as you say, it is a big job. Luckily we have a bloke here doing the work (Steve) who has a damn good attitude to his work. I just want him to finish his baby when he is fully satisfied, because by reading his work, you can tell that this guy is crafting a labour of love.
Of course I cannot wait until he is finished either...
But I can wait to get a finished game. I know the alternative. Oh how I know the alternative. And I am sick of enduring that alternative where a potentially brilliant game has been ruined by not having nearly enough time in the oven.
So personally I am discounting even the latest prospective release date. If it needs more time, so be it. Much better than the much tasted alternative we get most of the time.