MParmeter wrote: ↑
February 19th, 2019, 5:14 pm
What happened in development that this isn't the first release? Why did you send us supporters a broken, incomplete product. You only get one chance at a first impression and it was blown by something that clearly didn't stand up to any scrutiny. It was promised to have Mac and Linux support, not a year after release but with the release.
It's far from broken, I've got ~80 hours in myself. Many others have finished it. Check the forums here and on Steam and at GOG before making silly assumptions...;) If you are referring to the fact that the initial game has bugs--as meaning it's "broken"--then I guess every game released these days is "broken" since they all get bug fixes after shipping--at the very least. Some companies, like CDPR or Larian, continue to bug fix and refine their games *years* after the initial release--no one complains as that is service above and beyond. Too many companies bug-fix for six months then drop all support! Poor service and bad business, in my estimation. FYI, Linux and OS X versions are usually
*ports* of Windows games which the developer *pays* another company to produce. Waiting should be routine for people insisting on using secondary gaming OSes like Linux distros and OS X versions. I'm surprised you mention it. The wait can be years to infinity, as many Windows games never get ported to a secondary desktop OS. FYI, as well, companies get exactly as many "chances" as the bulk of their customers allow them. What's your hurry? As stated, you should be used to waiting for games if you are running a Linux distro or OS X. Wouldn't you rather have a finished product? See below...
Also you're "expanding the scope" of this patch. How does that help us backers. It sounds like the original project all over again! You've over promised in the past. Why should we trust you now over this?
It helps us backers in that we've already paid for the game and won't be charged for the major patch-overhaul they are doing--just like CDPR or Larian, etc. They are changing many fundamental features of the game, btw! Did you even read the KS update? Some things were asked for by players--others they are doing because they want to further improve their games after they ship--just like CDPR and Larian, to name them again. Sure beats me why someone would complain about that. As a backer, I feel we are really getting our $ worth.
Backer's also get the really terrific remake of the BT Trilogy, etc. Free. Non-backers must pay.
Why should we not trust them?...;) Of course we should "trust" them--what they've announced is far superior to just dropping BTIV where it is and moving to something else, imo. Which is something that, again, many developers *do*! Those are the people I don't trust!
I get you are miffed because you wanted either a Linux version or a Mac version--you don't say which. But as I mentioned earlier, you should be quite used to a waiting game there, because the wait for ports of those Windows games can be years or you'll never get them at all. You could, of course, think about dual-booting with Win10x64, so that you could be sure to get these games when they first ship, couldn't you? Don't blame InXile for your choice of OS. In terms of gaming, to coin an old phrase, "Windows is where the action is," for developers and end users who *play games.* InXile is a game company--not an OS-promotion company, etc.
Please don't expect inXile or any other company doing a Linux/OS X port of their primary Windows game to:
1) Ship initial version,
2) Pay for alternative OS port
3) Create an extensive director's cut
4) Pay for another Director's cut port to an alternative OS
They'd have to have rocks in their heads to do that, imo...;) That's why they've said it's not going to happen. Tired of waiting and playing second-fiddle for Linux or OS X games? Then dual-boot--or else get an a Windows emulator and see how that works for you. I'd advise the dual boot, myself. But those are your choices, atm. As a backer I am a bit disappointed that I have to wait for June for BTIV because I want it now
--yessssss, I want it
...;) But this is the way the cookie sometimes crumbles--a wiser, better man than me once said, "In your patience you possess your soul." It's worth at least your consideration. I expect that everything is going to turn out just fine.