And I'll tell you the only problem I have with that - if we release an overview of number of players, weapons, maps, etc, and any of that should change, those same people who want the info would eat me and EA alive and call us liars, thieves, cheats and worse. In a perfect world, nothing changes. In the video game development world, things change ALL the time as resources and time are constantly re-evaluated to make sure that the game is getting all the right attention focused on all the right places. For example - say we tell you that there will be 5 maps for MP. Along the way, QA finds a few problems with some of those maps. That could put us in a position of having to choose - do we go back with the artists we have and fix those 2 maps that had problems we hadn't foreseen, or do we let the artists finish the 5th map that they haven't started on yet? If we finish the fifth map, we at least get the number of maps out that we told you we would, but two of them have problems that make most players not want to use them. If we fix the other two with the problems, we only came out with 4 instead of 5, and people call us liars and say that we're trying to cheat them out of their money, and that they're not getting what they were promised.To many all they are getting at the moment is very little to encourage them that this side of the game is anything more than a few lines on memo as a "To be done" item.
I think a little "Airdrop" on the overall plan for the multiplayer would encourage everyone and would show whether the Dev team have in fact been "listening".
No one is asking for the full details but more a good outline of what you hope to bring to the multiplayer for the new game.
It's a double edged sword, and the only really reasonable means of making sure that both sides are offended the least is to wait until we can be absolutely certain about the information we're telling you. That doesn't always happen, but it's what I personally strive for - I don't like giving you guys information if has a reasonable chance of changing. Does that make sense?
Well, I am listening, I assure you. And there's no one internally who's doing more to say "we have GOT to give these guys something." However, sometimes it's just not the right time, yet. I do feel your pain, honestly, I do. I share it, to some degree. I don't like you guys doubting MY credibility or honesty. As for Patrick's remarks, I can just say that that's not the entire story. I can't say for certain, but I think that may have been taken a tiny tiny tiny bit out of context, and probably unintentionally. Actually, can you link me to where you got the quote, please? I'd like to check something that may help clarify some concerns. May.I think the only thing people so far have seen are some comments made by Pat Gilmore when asked "Does the game have a multiplayer mode?"
"Yes the game will have a multiplayer mode. It will include around 7 Maps, 12-15 players or more and primarily Death-match focused."
This was to most MOH players and those hoping to join from the CoD community a little disheartening to say the least...So a little more than one brief paragraph would be most welcome at this stage..as you so rightly stated "Communication is the cornerstone of community"
Here's hoping you are listening?
Anyway, I hope you can understand the position I'm in, as I certainly understand where you guys are coming from. I speak a lot with guys like Matt Pruitt from PlanetMoH, Jim Landi (RudeDog), the guys at ModTheater, at MoHCentral, and more, and everyone communicates the same thing to me - we're frustrated at the current lack of information. All I can do at this point is to assure you that this ISN'T a sign of anything bad, the dev team is having a blast right now, and the game gets more and more fun each day. We just did a MP test earlier today, and while it's not ready to show to you guys yet (because let's face it, you guys have high standards. We want to make sure it's as good as possible before we put it in front of you!), but it's still a lot of fun so far.
I can tell you this: I will not let this game release without getting you as much information on it as humanly possible, and that includes MP information, and I'll get it all to you as soon as I possibly can... and no, that doesn't mean AFTER the release
I'll make you a deal, if you're willing - You guys be patient with me and understand that because of things like an engine change, getting information to you hasn't been done at the pace you'd necessarily like, and I'll work even harder to make sure that I get you details on EVERY aspect of the game as quickly and as thoroughly as I can.