It is a long term commitment.
Most people knew that going in, but the reality of it is still more than expected.
We are inundated with “Early Release” and “Pre-Release” and “Tech Demo” versions of games these days. It is the new model, put something out quick that mostly works and has a few basic features then build on feedback from the users. It is literally the core of the Agile development model.
But with Star Citizen we get a taste of development that is not even at the level of Early Release. This is still at a stage where most companies are extremely tight lipped and not talking about the project. There are lots of reasons for that, some projects never make it past this stage and fall to the cutting room floor as failed project.
But Star Citizen cannot fail. It doesn’t have that option. So we see it at the infancy stage (well, maybe toddler stage at this point) when most games would be hidden away under strict NDA and only available to a handful of developers that are working on it. Other developers would not even know what the game is about, they would be black box coding features and plug ins and such.
So even though we all knew that this was a long road, out experiences with other games still did little to prepare us for exactly how long this road will be.
It is easy to become disillusioned, or even jaded by the time it is taking to develop.
Some would say we are behind schedule. There is an argument to be made for that, but I strongly disagree. We are right on schedule.
I was able to test some of the new hover mode mechanics on the ETF build this week. Even with as small a patch as 3.6 looks to be, it has huge leaps forward. the new flight model was a great improvement, and now with hover and VTOL we will have something that makes atmosphere feel like atmosphere.
It is no secret that I am a big fan and huge supporter of the game and its dev team. But I am equally critical of them when they screw up. Overall, I have to say that they are doing a great job and making one hell of a game.
But even saying that, I want it now just as much as everyone else