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Join Date: Oct 2012
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# 25
12-24-2012, 09:39 AM
I wish developers of PC games were banned from using Twitter. Even more so than politicians. I can understand the need to talk up the next Season up, but you're guarranteed it will lead to disappointment. And that's just a fact of life when it comes to software development.

"Cost, schedule and features, pick two". Actually you don't get to pick, they're forced on you and you have to eat it. But you can't have all 3

In 1992 NASA tried to have all 3 but running with the credo "faster, better, cheaper". It worked for 10 payloads out of about 150. If NASA can only pull it off 6% of the time, what's the hope for Cryptic?

From the last 2 Seasons we have seen that schedule is pretty much fixed. Season 6 had to get out the door because of the Star trek convention. Who knows what fixed Season 7, but we will never be looking at more than a 2 week slip and that's time for only minor bug fixing. And you can bet that cost is going to be fixed. They won't allow it to go over budget. And even if they wanted to spend more money as a "corrective action" to meet the feature list or deadline, they won't have time to spend it effectively.

So that leaves "features". And stuff will be get cut. And you have seen it happen Season after Season. But something is better than nothing. Look at what happened to the previous publishers; They never even released the game.

Until something is finished and polished, it's got a chance of getting cut. So when they tweet about current work, it's not finshed and may still get cut.

Q: (ebrithil1) As much as I love all the new content you've been pushing out for the Feds, I like my Klingons too. When can we expect to see you fulfill the promise you made to expand the content on the red side?

Dstahl: Personally, I?m still very committed to ensuring the KDF has levels 1-50, more so than I can even publicly talk about because it would involve going into details about all the internal conversations I?ve had within the company about this topic. It is my goal as EP to make this happen and the only thing that I can give you is that I?m fighting for it and want to do it. It just isn?t official yet.
This isn't a promise of more KDF content. It's a statement that he doesn't has permission to extend the KDF content. It's a promise that he will fighting for it. And he may never win.

I know DStahl say's he's responsible for everything that goes into the game. He's never said he's responsible for everything that doesn't make it into the game. And it's down that crack that PvP and KDF fall.