Originally by: Liang Nuren
We've decided that we really like the suggestions from Player 2 and Player 4 and we're going to run with them. Stay tuned and we'll post updates every Friday afternoon before going home!
Week 1: We fixed the remote repair bug and started on the plex timers. Turns out there was a bug in the timer code.
Week 2: We finished fixing plex timers, and we lowered the frequency of these 5 NPCs.
Week 3: We fixed a couple of exploits we received via bug reports.
Week 4: We fixed a few more exploits. It's out the door to QA. If all goes well expect it to hit the server Soon(tm)
Week 6: It's through QA, with a few minor fixes. This will be released in Tyrannis 1.2 on 2010-08-01! Thanks for the help guys!
I think this hits the nail on the head in a roundabout sort of way. The frequency and content of CCP's devblogs and news posts have been seriously lacking. As said by most of the devs when going about posting blogs, they go through multiple revision cycles and even need approval before posting. While I am all for a polished and efficient official statement, you'd think that's not what a devblog is supposed to be for. Its supposed to be for explaining what the neat things CCP is working on. Its all smoke and mirrors unless there is constant dialogue.
I guess that is what the CSM was supposed to be: increased dialogue between CCP and the player base. Unfortunately, this still does not resolve the communication issue. We often treat the CSM representatives more like politicians than what it seems that they really are: individuals that we (the player base) have selected to dive into CCPs inner sanctums to hopefully procure more information about what they are doing. Often times we suggest things just to see what the devs are thinking and pray for a response and when none comes, we remain lost and clueless.
What ever happened to the "In development" and "On the drawing board" sections? In the last Devblog, Zulu was kind enough to offer an insight into their team structures and the rather vague goals they are working towards. What about reviving the drawing board? Why not offer a running tally on what they are doing? A (shivers) twitter feed? Even if we might not like what they are doing, its better than nothing. Even the occasional CCP MsPaint scribbles are nice.
Then again, maybe we are just spoiled. Rarely do other game companies offer the consistent updates CCP does. All you get from the others are occasional screen shots to bait interest or simple press releases. We only clamor for more because we get more. We are addicts of a drug named "EVE".