From: Lamezia Terme (Italy)
It might be worth having Steve set up an updated priority list for feedback.
We already had it.
Three years ago I posted this.
My post caused some reactions. There is no need to summarise them all (almost all of them turned out to be delusional hot air). However, we also got a list of promises and a roadmap from Matrix; yeah, promises, because almost nothing that was promised in this post from 2017 did materialise by 2020 - the only exception being a more stable netplay.
[The answer, BTW, contains an interesting line:
Thousands of issues have been resolved over the past few years, but despite that, much more work remains to be done.
I.e. The first open admission by Matrix that the game was released for full price years away from being finished.]
Factually, a summary of what "changed" in all these years of sub-meta patches/stray-hotfixes galore is surprisingly very brief:
Missing optional rules:
2020: 1 (one) was implemented ("Kamikazes") and in need with its own train of fixes and subpatches. Regarding the rest, seven years from the publication, more than one third of them are still unimplemented.
Missing Half-Map Scenarios:
2013: A ****load.
2017: If this hotpatch doesn't make your computer to explode, we can turn it into the next beta-patch!
2020: If this hotpatch works, we can turn it into the next beta-patch!
About the very basic way to apologise by saying "We are sorry, we dropped the ball, here is at the very least a refund in form of a coupon":
2013: Don't be silly
2017: Don't be silly.
2020: Don't be silly.
Regarding the roadmap posted by Matrix three years ago. It is in the link. It shows all the items that should have been completed before starting the work on the AI. Yes, we all know the value of this fiasco's promises (32°F). Yet, just try to follow it. Try at least to maintain a facade.
And what happens instead? YO, DUDES! IN SEVEN YEARS WE IMPLEMENTED ONE OPTIONAL RULE! NOW LET'S GO ON THIS WILD GOOSE CHASE FOR AN AI!!
This is the straw who finally broke my camel's back. I can understand how MWiF is the albatross dangling from Matrix's neck. What I can't condone is open, sheer irresponsibility.
Oh! I almost forgot! The latest third-party beta-patch for War in the Pacific: AE, by MichaelM, was downloaded, as of this writing, 4836 times. The latest hot-patch for MWiF was downloaded 65 times. I struggle to understand what the difference between these two games could be. Feel free to write your answer here. I'm open to ideas.
Dear MWiF, good riddance. Don't worry, I'll survive. Have fun.
"Yes darling, I served in the Navy for eight years. I was a cook..."
"Oh dad... so you were a God-damned cook?"
(My 10 years old daughter after watching "The Hunt for Red October")