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Discussion in 'UO Developer Feed' started by UODevTracker, Feb 23, 2011.
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Yes, it's done. So why isn't it out? The answer to a "Why" question at the Academy is "No Excuse." So let's just go with that.
The intent was to frame several subjects about what we are doing for the remainder of the year in a few short minutes. Between editing and all the things that have happened between January 3rd and now, the answers have not changed, but the method in which we broadcast has many times.
Anyway, you are only waiting for one answer so here I am with flame-retardant mutant suit to field questions and avoid pitchforks.
The answer is: not right now.
In constant review of the threads and other fansites that cater to Ultima Online, we realized that the classic shard comes down to a checklist. It becomes about if you have X rules then this is what a classic shard is. The problem with this is, when working inside this constraint it’s impossible to please everyone.
Also, we DID look into the possibilities of different rulesets and took a look at what had been done in the past, and there was no viable answer that works for everyone.
Finally, it’s about opportunity cost. The more resources and time we spend on developing a classic shard… that is ONE single shard, that means other things get neglected. It would be many months of work at the expense of the wider game.
We are planning a Video House of Commons for next Tuesday, March 1st to field any questions about the coming months, Magincia as a player-driven town, Spring Cleaning, faster/simpler story arcs, arenas, UOgamecode store, shard hardware, and other topics of note.
The reason I did not want to put this in writing is because it doesn't allow you to "see" how we feel about the game, and this answer is only part of what we want to do with Ultima Online.
Well, there you go. Have at it.
HAHAHA ... wow!
Thank you .. make that March 1st!!
This is Supreem's area and he will discuss it.
Indeed. I personally wanted to tell the single answer sooner BUT in scope with an answer to ... "Well if you are NOT going to do that ... what ARE you going to do?"
And yes, I do feel the frustration too of not hitting messaging deadlines.
In three years as part of this game and removing barriers to getting things done you would think we'd get better at this, but it remains an "opportunity for improvement" as they say in the Human Resources world.
Save questions like this for the Video HoC ... too much to write down on this one.
Well ... thanks for bringing this up. The stuff that did NOT make it into the video.
We researched a LOT! That is client options, outsourcing, and multiple "What if scenarios." And those *cough* other places to play.
How do we handle folks leaving the live shards to investigate the new one? How do we support it with the rest of the production shards? How will we update it?
Also, at that time UO was a Mature-rated game. There were things that we cannot do in this new age of ESRB (e.g. when was the last time you turned in the severed head of another player for bounty or skinned a cat leaving it on someone's doorstep?)
UO then was a new world that was on the verge of something unlike anyone else has seen since. I can tell you I got a bit of "gospel" being around the devs and folks of GDC who are zealots for this game. I found out how this game has inspired people to even become game developers.
We are going to do our best to bring the spirit of what the community has been asking for back.
I won't tell you what I was told about when [the video] is going to post because it may end up just making me a big fibber!
No the Video HoC is not in lieu of the video update. The Video House of Commons is so we can have some real-time interaction with the community about all the stuff we're planning in more detail.
Again, we didn't want to just throw this thing up and not give a method for everyone to express what they think about our decision.
Also, it did take forever to get this out there, so we want to give you a bit more info.
Yeah, he got a lot of hate on the beer. That will not happen.
I hear ya on the broader postings too.
And no I am not a politician nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express, but I have spent some time in Tokyo, and the manner in which an answer is given is very important.
I like you, Martyna. You remind me of one of my favorite relatives. The one who yells at you for not eating while shoving a plate of food in your face.
What you suggest is option #27 or something like that ... if we do this it's gotta be done right or not at all so right now it's not at all.
And no worries man, I'm not bulletproof but you guys have definitely toughened my skin over the last few years.