As I don’t want to write much by fear of being too flaming/offensive/rude, I’ll just quote :
-First, Brad sold the game in part on the promise that it wouldn't be released early. Reasons he gave include 1) that's how SD works 2) he has other revenue streams so money wouldn't be an issue
-Second, when it was announced around the end of June that Elemental would be released in Aug, a number of us beta testers very politely and respectfully questioned whether it would be ready in time (see this thread for an example, and this post of mine -- the whole thread is an interesting read for those who weren't around at this time). The response to these polite and respectful questionings was adamant (and in one example, rude) -- elemental would be release-ready by August. It was revealed that release would be august because they had painted themselves into a corner, due to securing retail shelf space, of their only choice being Aug or Feb, and they dismissed Feb so were left with Aug.
-Now, we have seen the aug release. Is it release-ready, judged by reasonable standards and by what SD is capable of? I argue that even allowing for 1.06 to be the release version, and while the game is fun and 'playable', it doesn't meet the standards of:
-what Brad promised
-what I expect SD is capable of
Politicians promise a lot of things too and never follow through. Someone new to Stardock has no idea what you're talking about and yet you expect them to take it on faith. That's asking for a lot especially after they bought this game and had problems with it. The question is Why should Brad and Stardock be trusted now? Just because he says so? Actions speak louder than words. From where I'm sitting a lot of what Brad said is nothing but damage control and his whole Gamer Bill of Rights crusade was nothing more than a sales pitch. It's hard to believe or trust a company who was willing to sell me a unfinished, unpolished product.
Exactly! Talk is cheap. Brad may still have my respect but he lost my trust.
The game can be played but after a few days its limitations come screaming and biting. If it must become the worthy successor of the other great fantasy games, it should at least have most of their basic features which made them great. It sorely lacks them even though they were discussed in detail during the beta.
Wait: it IS the beta now, an early beta: fun but cumbersome and totally incomplete.
Stardock Team, make no mistakes, we are still here with you but sometimes people blundering just need some kick in the nuts.
Constructive criticism shall follow...later.