Alamar wrote:1. Unfortunately I'm becoming more & more convinced that a "standard" game developer / publisher won't EVER be able to give us everything that we want and still have a commercially viable product.
2. For the most part [there are exceptions!] games need great eye candy in some form or another to sell well. Unfortunately there are limited development budgets so if you pay attention to eye candy then things like AI / map editor / etc. are going to suffer. Also traditional publishers / developers are often forced to release a game before it is REALLY ready and once that's done there's not a strong economic reason to put much effort into patches, expansions, etc.
3. Only your smaller developers [without a real publisher pushing them] are going to be able to put the effort into the RIGHT pieces of the game in order to please hard core fans.
4. Note I would have thought that a fan lead project might work but so far I haven't seen any fan run strategy games being developed that have a decent AI WITH the level of eye candy that even HoMM fans would now desire .... Plus I'm sure UBI has more than enough lawyers to squash anything that would compete with them before they even got going ....
TBS fans have higher demands than other people who buy games and is therefore harder to please. Add to that that we exspect to play a TBS for years
and its an economical disaster to try and please us. To top it all of, the big genres (RTS, FPS and RPG) are more profitable.
If I look at the back of gamebox and it has old graphics, then I think that the entire game is oldfashioned as well (e.g ancient interface, bad animations. A budget game).
A gamedeveloper team is divided in different sections (art, design, programming and sound) and everybody does their part. If they switch around people for different projects then it can very well be as you say in order to get the game out quicker.
If they're not interested in their reputation then they will do as you say.
Got that right. We got Stardock and and the guys who made Dominions.
A decent game with the right design which is moddable (like WarCraft III The Frozen Throne) can be fixed.