Well it happened. Never thought that it would. I have been following the development of this game for…what? 3 years now. All the rumours, all the blue-skying on the forums, the delays, the ups and downs, all the foot-tapping waiting for news. Now however, I’m starting to feel my anticipation turning into impatience and my optimistic “it’s coming soon” turning into “it’s coming…eventually”. Thank you for voicing your concerns, Starbird. I realize you and many other people are excited to play the game, and are probably feeling a bit let down that we havenâ€™t yet announced a release date. While you bring up a number of points of speculation, I just want to cut right to it and state that the reason we donâ€™t have a release date yet is because the game isnâ€™t yet where we want it to be in terms of our quality standards. We arenâ€™t holding it back on account of any one piece of the game, or for any other outside factors. While it is indeed playable from beginning to end, weâ€™re still actively working on many individual game elements and the ways that they interact with one another, with a great deal of iterative tweaking, balancing, polishing, adjusting, redesigning, and retesting going on. Weâ€™re going to continue beta testing, and before too long thatâ€™s going to include a large influx of new invites.
Much of this iteration obviously takes place behind closed doors, so I can sympathize with the concerns about the lack of visible progress, and the sentiment that we should just go ahead and ship the game. Until weâ€™re able to reveal more of the results, I can only assure you that we are indeed working on critical game systems that directly impact the core of the experience.