If we were given the vote - "release now, the last 30 levels aren't as fantastic as we want them to be"....or "50 levels now, that are fantastic, we'll reduce the price...and we'll release the remaining 30 levels in june and they'll be fantastic".
To be fair, I have absolutely no scientific basis for my assumption...other than my own general feeling that people are more forgiving when someone is being honest and clearly not trying to rip them off.
As I say, entirely my own opinion...it's tempting to create a poll to collect peoples feelings actually - though I don't want to inadvertently start a rumour :-)
Well, Warhammer cut content before they went live. That didn't really work out so well for them.
You only have one chance to make a first impression. They have to make it count and be right when this game releases.
Since we don't know what is finished yet and what is, it is pretty much a pointless what if and even so, it's still a what if.If we were given the vote - "release now, the last 30 levels aren't as fantastic as we want them to be"....or "50 levels now, that are fantastic, we'll reduce the price...and we'll release the remaining 30 levels in june and they'll be fantastic".
What we're talking about is more the way that SC2 is being rolled out...deliver an absolutely sparkling campaign...then go and make the next one - rather that trying to do all 3 at once and making a lot more content but at a lot less quality.
I mean...surely one of the benefits of digital media is that you can do this kinda thing with content? Do you *really* need to release all 80 levels at once? Or can you absolutely nail the first x and then consistently deliver fantastic expansions that keep building. I guess I see some future model as almost being like a TV series.
Like I say, I don't have evidence or even a brilliantly constructed argument...I just thought that people would prefer 80 levels over, say, 4 months...rather than *wait* 4 months and get the 80 levels all at once.
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why is this tread still open?
Take this for what you will. It's a quote from the NCSoft 3rd quarter 2011 earnings call. There's a link to the actual call at the link below but from what I can understand it appears to be in Korean which doesn't help me.
"We are planning on conducting a CBT within this year, but for us to conduct a large scale CBT test that can be significantly felt within the market, I think that we are anticipating about the beginning of next year to do that. Therefore, we don't have a concrete schedule yet with regards to the full commercialization schedule for Guild Wars 2, but I'm thinking that it will be not too late part of next year, but some time in the latter part of next year that would be possible, perhaps. But, we will have to wait and see the testing results this year to come up with the final schedule."
Some time in the latter part of next year [2012 since the call was in 2011], perhaps means it's entirely possible not until 4th quarter and they're not willing to even guarantee that. So take a deep breath.
Last edited by MoanaLisa; 2012-01-13 at 07:10 PM.
What you want to do is go round his house, paint all his lightbulbs black, so when he turns 'em on, it gets darker and he falls over.
That'll show him.
From what I hear it's still on track for a April launch.
I believe that they concluded from the last CB that the gameplay/combat was smooth enough now, but that a few zones needed an overhaul. No talk of a setback.
They wouldn't set a particular month to release the game, but it's possible that they estimate the game to be finished by then.
So if they finish it earlier, it will be released earlier than April. And if it's finished later, it will release after April.
But I guess April is the only probable month for release (when it comes to Q1 / Q2) since the CBTs started in December. But there is still February and March to go through, and that is quite some time.
A lot can happen in those two months. We can only hope for a quick, and easy Closed Beta.
And closing this because people are starting to talk about information that likely falls under the NDA. That and so nobody freaks out and thinks that it is delayed (since we don't even know when it is supposed to be released to begin with).