frogboy nice to see you here. care to give us estimate when 1.2 goes live? just rough one... Since u want new favors will u reset stats?
My estimate is this Wednesday.
We could have gone out last Wednesday but given the amount of effort that's gone into this, we didn't want to go out as long as there were any question marks. The weird slow down I mentioned only happened on one machine (not even a QA machine) and cleared up after updating its video drivers.
But looking at the posts, sometimes you'd think Demigod was released as some sort of bug fest. That's like saying World of Warcraft or any other game that has ever been released without sufficient server side support was somehow a bug fest.
The only way Demigod's launch would have gone smooth really (with hindsight) would have been to have a very very large open beta with a MP stress test.
It was certainly a problem for people for the first few weeks but anyone describing Demigod as "buggy" in the bigger scheme of things needs to get out more. I can list hundreds of little imperfections in any game I play but that's the way it is on anything that's remotely complex.
If you go back and read forum posts labeled "this game isn't done!" most of them have to do with people who just lost online complaining about how some other demigod is over powered.
Then you get the people who complain about the net code. And nearly every time we debug it, it turns out that someone in the game had bittorrent or something going in the background.
The reality is, and I say this as a game developer of going on two decades, there are just a lot of whiney people online who just like to bitch.
Even when I say "and to be clear, I'm not promising" you'll still get people saying "he promised!" (like us saying we were going to release v1.2 last week - we NEVER said that. On the contrary, I explicitly said that we hoped to but we weren't promising since it still had to go through consumer QA).
The reality is that Demigod is a fantastic game. It does what it is supposed to do. I play it almost every day and it's still incredibly fun even after all this time. That doesn't mean it'sperfect or it's all things to all people. But it is a really good game.