So we got an episode of Pillar Talk yesterday. IF you have not seen it, do not bother. It was bad. Really bad.
Let me summarize it for you.
Erin Roberts - “We have missed the last couple of target dates for patches by a couple of weeks. What we had been doing was trying to get each feature done in 3 months to make the patch deadline. Now, to make things better, we are going to extend the time to get things done to 6 months but stagger the teams to deliver a patch each 3 months. This will be better.”
Eric KD - “How will this affect the timeline and roadmap?”
ER - “Well if a feature takes 6 months to get it done we will do it in 6 months, but if it takes 12 months we will do it in 12, or if it takes 9 months we will do it in 9. It is better.”
W T F?
I never felt very confident in Erin to begin with but this was bad. Just poor damage control for them having to push back the Road Map items.
And with that, we got a Road Map update a couple of hours later and sure enough, it was a massive delay in many features, with some being completely removed. It now shows dates out to Q2 of 2020 (v 4.0) but it is lacking all of the features we were told would be in 4.0.
So how should we take this news? Well, in the short, I am a bit miffed. I would rather they had put out a statement that explained all of this and not ruin a good show like Pillar Talk and use it for damage control.
But as for the change itself, well, it is a good thing. A hard pill to swallow but a good thing. Since 3.0 released the quality of patches has been degrading. This will allow the devs to really make the patches better before they get put into the game. That is great. As long as they are still held to this schedule and lets face it, that is not something the management at CIG has been very good at doing.
So it is the same as all things, wait and see. IF we get a strong 3.7 and 3.8 release from this change then I will be fine with the delay. We used to get patches that were very raw, back in the 2.0+ days and we were fine with it because little patches were often. With this quarterly schedule they have to be more polished patches so taking a bit more time to make them that way is not a surprise and not a bad thing.
The new Road Map removed fuel scooping entirely which means we will not see it for another year at least, and it added one more ship, the Hercules to be completed this time next year. Be sure to check out the rest of the changes on the Road Map