First, let's get the obvious response to this post out of the way; volunteer group so can't put a date on anything. got it.
That shouldn't be a factor in at least having an open and honest update on what is left. What is the real status on all the different parts of the game that have to be finished to release this game. Please, let's not get into the 'well technically you can play today'. No. What's available is not enough to be considered a game, certainly not a released game. If what is out is what you guys are calling a game then I want my money back. You know what we mean when we talk about 'release'.
We are coming up on Q3 2023 and still the thought of a release date is as blurry as it was 5 years ago. I'm not asking for a release date...I'm asking for a honest assessment of what is left and the current manpower on the team to accomplish what is left. There are so many systems that are needed to bring an MMO together and there really is so little communication about most of it.
I think after 10+ years we should be able to have an honest discussion about where the project truly is at and what the real plan is going forward. It is so frustrating at this point in development that communication via official updates has decreased so dramatically. I know someone is going to respond with "go to discord"...I'm on it. 90%+ of the comments by devs is unrelated to CoT, even on the general discussion tab.
Let me give one example:
-December 30, 2021 Update "We closed 2021 with an update on combat that showed one completed power set that demonstrates what will be coming with many powersets that are on their way as we plan to make testing available to players in the first quarter of 2022."
-January 27, 2022 Update "Things are coming along. We’re trying to get the first set of powers in the offline playable chargen within Q1, and probably sooner"
-Oct 27, 2022 Update to UE5 "we now plan to release Alexandria, Old Bradford, Downtown, Victory Beach, and all of the built neighborhood areas as soon as we finish testing and applying new improvements available in UE5" and "we plan in our next update to show some progress on the combat front!" We never saw any update on combat.
-April 5, 2023 Update "Full power sets for players and foes are coming with a fully functional user interface replacing the current key functions. More travel powers are coming. Missions are coming. Multiplayer and chat are coming. And all of that in the context of Alexandria, Old Bradford, Downtown, North Eastern Research District and Victory Beach, our Titan City neighborhoods." None of that has even been talked about again.
-April 2023 Update "As soon as we finish the UE5 efficiency upgrades to this huge area of the game in the coming months, we will be providing access for players to explore it. And following that, we will be adding AI foes and combat as well." No more talk about efficiency upgrades status.
-June 28, 2023 Update "Now that we'll be able to bring you more of the city, be watching for more information about that in future updates." How far into the future does that apply? Normally when told to watch out for something its relatively soon...this feels like 'be watching out over the next year or so for updates we are alluding to now".
I can't find which update, or perhaps it was on discord, but I remember seeing AmiEvil respond to someone saying, to paraphrasse, "the move to UE5 definitely did not set us back" but from my pov its about 2 years at least. Things you were so sure were coming in Q1 of 2022 still seem no closer in Q4 2023, a few more months are were 2 years on with nothing the team keeps telling us to be on the lookout for. If UE5 made it more efficient, how is it that we're a year and a half into UE5 and you guys still haven't shown those efficiencies yet.
I'm just looking for an honest assessment, not a date. I wish someone on the team would track what you guys put in updates....there have been so many things over the years mentioned in updates for us to 'look out for' that were never mentioned again. So many 'nows a good time to start following the project, exciting things coming' and yet here we are at basically the same spot. I've invested financially and feel justified in making this post.
Compulsively clicking the refresh button until the next update.