As someone who comes from a family of developers, just stop... Please. Stop.HOrobOD1 wrote:You do know they post weekly Friday development updates on their flighting thread right? Also they've addressed just about everything you've mentioned in your post. Software development is complicated. Yes they rushed the game to cash in on a holiday release and I'm not at all defending that, but updates are coming. When developing a large piece of software for a large organization, you can't just make tweaks to the code and push them out. You have to propose your changes, code the changes, review the changes, check for errors, and if any are found, correct them and return to step one. Once all these things are done you have to perform verification and validation. You have to go through a process to ensure that your changes meet the customer needs, as well as check that your changes are doing exactly what they were intended to do. If any of these fail, you have to return to step 1 and repeat everything. Then once everything is done, they flight the changes with the community, and repeat the process again when issues are found. After this, once everything is up to spec, the final product can be pushed out to the distribution platform such as steam.Damp Richard wrote:I can't believe anyone would defend the atrocity that 343 has brought upon us with this lazy release of a game. It's been what a month and a half and the population is already down 89.75% and people still think it's doing "Well"? I guess some delusion is present here because it's insane to think that it's normal with any indication of past Halo's population drop rate. The guy above me said the only issue is DMR start but what about the obvious Audio issues? Crouching issue? Terrible spawns on every map just about, broken and boring map cycle for BTB, Broken matchmaking system that still has the same issues Halo 3 did when searching for games, No voting, Quitting just about every single match, No option to turn off text chat, No in game report, No forge despite the fact it's easily ready and their only excuse is button mapping lmfao. The list continues with very small things that could be subjective to personal opinion (but honestly relatable to previous Halo's). Nobody can defend this garbage pile 343 has thrown at us in time for Holidays to make a quick dollar. Nothing excuses their MINIMAL communication about MAJOR issues. Above all... NOTHING excuses their choice to release this game as it is.
Edit: Speaking of small things, I can't believe I have to say this but. Who in their right mind decided to map out the controls to limit us on the sniper zoom? Lack of mapping for chat? and of course the embarrassing lack of video settings this game fails to offer. It's seriously a joke at this point and I am sad to even acknowledge this game as apart of the Halo series.
It's a very long tedious process, but is how software engineers ensure a higher quality release without major bugs. If you'd been reading the weekly updates, you'd know that we are nearing both a Halo CE flight, but also a Reach flight in a few weeks. This means all their community inspired changes are almost ready to be played by the flight community, which means major updates will soon follow assuming no major hiccups.
I'm bored of hearing these apologists throw around excuses about how complex developing is.
That doesn't excuse releasing the game early. (Though MS are at fault really here)
That doesn't excuse simple features taking this long.
That doesn't excuse urgent fixes taking this long.
99% of the time I see a "developer apologist", they're defending a bad developer who could *easily* be doing much, much better.
If this were our company developing this, and you lot our clients, we'd have worked hard to address all your concerns and in this time frame probably delivered them, and kept in far better contact than simply restricting our communications to a single flighting thread that's tucked away in a sub-forum (boggles the mind why they don't post these updates on their home page news feed as that would be a way better contact method but whatever, let's defend them expecting people to dig around in the forums to find news that should be on, you know, the news page but isn't...)
It's been nearly 2 months since launch now. It doesn't take 2 months to let us rebind push to talk or disable chat. And don't give us excuses about how they can't push hotfixes without difficulty either, because that's perfectly possible through stream and the Microsoft store. I've had some programs push fixes almost thrice a week in their opening month. Hasn't been an issue. Our company sometimes pushes updates if something is critically broken, and we sometimes work extra hours to make it happen.
As good devs, it irks me to no end to see apologists like you defending lousy devs, citing excuses about how they're trying their best when everyone else knows that's clearly hogwash.