i know on champs they said one of their FE takes two weeks and i think its similar here. so i would expect 10 weeks in total with a couple of week of wiggle room and taking into consideration problems, holidays etc. so 3 months to make. keeping in mind that they can make them while a series is going on so i would expect maybe 5-7 weeks gap between a series.
that should give us 4 series a year fairly comfortably but that really is going off past experience and without knowing what they plan to do with the klingons. if klingons are getting any number of episodes this year that are FE quality then its hard to know if 2-3 is good or bad.
People who've developed content on the Foundry probably have a decent enough idea of what it takes to create these kinds of missions.
No they don't. They don't have to craft meshes for new locations or new items, code cutscenes, balance new items or powers, run anything past CBS...
What they do know how to do is utilize the hell out of a dumbed-down set of dev tools. Which isn't to devalue the missions, I'm sure there are masterpieces out there. I'm just saying, they have no idea what goes into a Featured Series episode.
Getting things past CBS may not be as time consuming either. Writers can continue to write out the story line for the next FE Series while the current one is running. This gives them plenty of time for approval to get the story/concept/ideas approved.
None of those things are needed to make a Featured Episode except maybe running stuff past CBS.
You do not need to craft a mesh for a new location to make a compelling Featured Episode.
I will say this, good Foundry authors can crank quality missions out in days.
Cryptic put out 5 missions last year.
last ... YEAR.
Don't need new meshes, sure. But that isn't how they're doing it. They're doing it like they've done all the others. New maps, new cutscenes, bells and whistles, the whole nine yards. You want to guess a realistic timeframe? You have to account for all that. Because that is what's realistic.