It honestly feels like the developer time was slashed upon release, and effectively only a skeleton staff remains. In the weeks leading up to launch, there were a number of big patches that had many updates and fixes. In hindsight, this feels like it was a last final push, and everything has been scaled back massively since launch.
There are still a huge number of bugs, introduced in patches in September that are still present in the game. Unfortunately we lost access to these bug reports when the beta forum was archived. It feels like those bug reports have been swept under the rug. It’s obvious that the ‘known issues’ thread contains only a fraction of what was reported in the final weeks of the beta. What happened to these bug reports? Are they even being tracked internally on the bug tracker?
What sucks is that we were told things would continue to get better after release, and that Microsoft was committed to the success of the game. I know we have had a few minor patches, but these have essentially been hotfixes for various crashes.
I would like to see some acknowledgement of in game bugs, and that they are being worked on. There’s still performance issues. There are loads of issues with balance. There are still UI bugs, stat bugs and pathing bugs.
I agree with Ferch about the community managers. Shouldn’t these people be the key link between the community and the dev teams?
I don’t want to moan about DE. I love the game and have been playing aoe2 for 20 years. I’m also an experienced software developer. I understand the intricicies of developing software. What I can’t imagine is releasing something, and then being so nonchalant and quiet about issues 3 weeks after launch. If this were commercial software and not a game, you’d have some very angry stakeholders by now.