gallomimia wrote:I disagree with "take all the time you need". This game is early access! You can release 0.13 whenever you want, even if some things are broken or missing graphics! If something needs fixing even after release, there's always 0.13.[1-30]
I guess we have a slightly different opionions on what Steam Early Access is for.
IMO its for playable games, that just need some more polishing and a few bugfixes.
Its not intended to make players pay for newborn games, that hardly work and crash all the time.
As a side notice you don't become the best rated game on Steam and keep the Top 10 ranking for long, if you release a buggy or unfinished game.
Currently this game is still ranked #5 (98% positive reviews).
There are a lot of AAA-games out there where you really pay a lot of money for.
On release they are really buggy or at least need some instant updates. (And this is mirrored in their ranking/reviews)
Factorio delivers quality. If they do a mayor mistake like releasing an unfinished game they loose their good reputation.
(Just imagine apple had to recall their latest iPown, due to an hardware failure. Nobody would pay their ridiculous expensive prices for future products anymore.)
gallomimia wrote:Your users are already used to seeing bugs and problems.
Well, if they would be used to many bugs, they wouldn't rate the game that good. And having bugs once is no excuse to have them again.
Zeblote wrote:That is exactly why most early access games are a steaming pile of crap, and factorio doesn't belong near them.
90% agreeing here. I'm just not sure if this is a "steaming" issue. Goggles are not bad just because you can find a lot of trash with it from far away.
gallomimia wrote:"You guys are doing great work." <---- That I agree with.
100% agreeing here.