My problem hasn't been if a Dev Blog comes or not, it's been the progression of content within said blogs over the course of the past three years that has been a "shrug shoulders" emotion for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm a programmer too so I know how much time is needed to make the complete game.
However, sadly I am starting to feel the same way as some others. I was talking external to this forum about this situation with some people. I am more excited about my prospect to buy a PS4 rather than play this game anymore, because I know the PS4 is something that will come and that I look forward too, even if it won't come now I KNOW sometime later this year I will have my hands on that console. With this game it's always been unknown and that is starting to drive my passion for it away as time goes on, I understand the small steps but lately it's been a little too slow, even for me.
There were hopes for beta last year, hopes for beta this year. But based on progress, it's extremely hard to see it happening again, which has shot my motivation down dramatically.
Like Seph, I'm not trying to be a Debby Downer, but it's the simple truth. It's been four years and the game still doesn't even have base features fleshed out. We're not talking about fancy dungeons, instances, raids, complicated skill animations, 50 zones to walk through, PvP, complicated harvesting systems or skill trees, end game balancing, etc.
We're just talking base features. Guilds, friends, marketplaces, the things that make the bare bones of a MMO are still not complete. How can there be successful innovation when it takes this long to make base features? There's still an astronomical amount of work to be done beyond this.
At this pace, I don't think the game will succeed. Think about it. Think about all the post work that needs to be done. New skill development, monitoring the game, new area development, bug fixing, new features, etc. This all coming out after the core is done. It probably won't take 4 years for each feature, but at this pace it will take a unnecessary amount of time for each one which will slowly drive people who don't have "iron skin" passion for it away.
I do understand it takes a long time to make and I do understand there is work/travel outside of this.
What I am saying though is to really sit down and think about this. Is this something you're really committed to?
Because if the population of the game goes up, so does the amount of effort you'll need to put into the game. It can't be something that sits on the sideline like it has the past 4 years, casually getting love here and there. It'll need the proper amount of love and attention to make it shine, or else it will just fade away like every other MMO on the market.
It sounds harsh but it's true. If this isn't something you can give more time too, I'd say quit it now before it becomes a real issue. Down the road it'll be more trouble than it's worth and cause too much stress because it will become un-manageable.
That's all I had to say. Sorry if it's brutal. I love the concept, I really do. In fact this is the first game I'd really say "Throw me on the support team in or out of game' because I'd love to spend extra time just helping with the game.
But I just foresee major problems. I'd love to help with the game, but I'm concerned there might not even be a "good" game there. Again, I understand so much time is being put into this, I do. Just think real hard on this. Just my warning for the future. An opinion but it does hold some merit.