Arena Commander V.8 Delay
The following article was posted on the official RSI website earlier, followed by my opinion on this non-issue.
“The team has been working around the clock for the past two weeks to polish gameplay and eliminate the bugs that would allow us to release Arena Commander V0.8. Today at 4:00 PM PST, I sat down with Star Citizen’s production leads for a ‘go/no-go’ meeting. We went around the virtual table, like a ground control team preparing to launch a rocket, and the decision was that we are not able to release Arena Commander tomorrow as there are too many blocking and critical issues outstanding.
Below you will find a list of the current bugs being tracked by the team. Game developers classify bugs based on their severity: blockers, critical, major, moderate and minor. The most serious of these, blockers, are bugs that completely prevent the game from working and from being in a releasable state. Unfortunately, as of tonight, there are still two blockers and half a dozen critical issues (which we would like to fix before launch.) Our biggest issue today is a newly developed DirectX crash which breaks the single player Vanduul Swarm mode every backer will be given access to.
It would be foolish to release an unstable build, even if pre-alpha for the sake of meeting an internal deadline. This is the power of the crowdfunding that made Star Citizen possible: a publisher would make us ship tomorrow regardless of the current build quality… but as you are all focused on quality rather than a financial return for shareholders we are able to take a few more days to deliver something that is stable.
I know that’s not the news you wanted to hear tonight. No-one would like to see the community get their hands on Arena Commander more than I would.
This is what can happen with an open development process, especially when we are sharing code and content long before one normally would in traditional development. But I don’t think you would want it any other way! The Star Citizen team feeds off of your incredible enthusiasm and your energy for the project… and we want more than anything to see what happens when you get into space.
In order to keep our backers as informed as possible, I’m asking the production team to provide DAILY updates for the community until Arena Commander V0.8 ships. This will be the raw stuff: lists of bugs and other information to tell you the current health of the build. You will see the same information I do, and you will be able to follow as we resolve each “blocker” preventing the build’s release.
I want you to know that we’re very close… just not close enough to launch tomorrow. Stay tuned!”
— Chris Roberts
Arena Commander V.8 Bug List – May 28, 2014
Vanduul Swarm – Display drivers can crash when Vanduul spawn or blow up
Lag in feedback and update of essential game events resulting in increasingly divergent multiplayer sync
Battle Royale (Crash) – While Flying (Shader)
Camera – After respawn character is stuck looking up
Vanduul Swarm (Crash) – Shortly after missile lock
All Maps – Occasionally, when first spawning into the maps lasers and ballistic fire is invisible but can be heard when firing – they eventually appear
Crash on exit after returning from DFM match
Character is unable to exit DFM Aurora bed if helmet is on
Gforce animations are not playing on the pilot in any of the ships
Character and parts of cockpit interior vanish while accelerating
My take on it:
A final hour delay to fix critical issues is something a big publisher would never allow on a project this big. We would end up with a broken game that would be swarmed by the uneducated and the uninformed who – just like vultures – would use the bugs as evidence that Chris Roberts and his team are not worth anyone’s money and that Star Citizen is a terrible project.
Instead, we have a dedicated developer focused on delivering the best experience possible. The downside is that the same ignorant crowd is swarming the news channels and using the delay as evidence that Chris Roberts and his team are not worth anyone’s money and Star Citizen will never happen. All this is a non-issue, unless you’re trying to browse comments on news websites looking for relevant information.
Those that keep up with the news and actually understand how early development builds go and the scale of this particular project, don’t forget you can check the official RSI website for announcements, but I’ll also keep you posted when I know more about the release date. We’re in the presence of a repeat of what usually happens with early releases of many other games. Unfortunately delays are common. Planetary Annihilation, I’m looking at you.
In the meantime, avoid comment sections and stick to the official sources!
See you in the Verse!