Posted By Deftly at 9:01 AM - Thu Aug 04 2016
I think the big deal about the date is the fact they gave it and people are thinking they most likely won't make it. They gave us a date without being fully staffed, which was really weird.
"People are concerned you say? well this kind of people should do other things with their money instead of pledging for a crowdfunded game- because those are always a risk"
This statement is why we have so many devs are abusing kickstarter and making crappy games with the promises of them being good. I think if you won't show concern and just blindly follow because you "believe" in the project you are part of the problem. We shouldn't bash devs on mistakes but if something that comes up that concerns the community it should be voiced properly.
I don't consider a release date something to beat on the devs for or to be concerned about yet. I have yet to follow a mmo (aion, rift, asherons call 1-2, Daoc, swg, swtor, or eve to name a few) that didn't have the original release date pushed back.
Once the development cycle hits beta 1 or so the release date doesn't change unless something is discovered in beta that needed reworked. At that point if the date changes its time to be concerned and to hammer the devs.
A date this early is little more than a place holder based on a WAG regardless of what date is actually used.
Holding them to it or beating them up for being ambitious about release date is a bit...odd to me.