Posted By Kellock93 at 5:49 PM - Sat Apr 13 2019
I am very much against Unlocking IP during D&SS, not so much because of me losing my time slot or favored settlement but instead because of the picture it paints about SBS. Actually, at this point is it more about cutting the losses, I guess.
I do not know why SBS has overthrown their decision, but to me from an, as I admit, uninformed perspective it looks like SBS caved in because of the concerns of a vocal minority and the temptation of more funding. Which raises great concerns with me personally, for the future of the project as a whole, but more about that later.
It has been communicated for a long time that IP will decide who gets to choose their settlements first and that for that purpose the IP will be locked at some point. Now don't get me wrong, I understand that there are times in game development where promises have to be broken or long-standing plans have to be changed, all in an effort to make the game better or even make it possible at all.
But this is not one of those times. At least that's how I personally feel when I look at this change. Well, in the end, the real issue here is not how I feel SBS, but rather how others perceive this issue and the studio as a whole. You probably know this a lot better than me, but a crowdfunded project is heavily reliant on peoples trust of the developers and their vision of the game, that is presented to us players. An action like this, that seems to me thoughtless, or worse, greedy, damages our trust in the project. The issue I have here is not that there will be changes to peoples IP during D&SS, but rather what the change implies. Which is, that SBS is a studio that can't be trusted to deliver their long term plans as announced and are willing to topple player plans on a "whim".
For me personally, I do not believe that is the case. But please remember SBS. As long as the game is merely a concept on paper for us players, consistency in regards to the core concepts of the game and it's development, are very important to us.
All the best vibes,
What fun will a game be if the rules keep changing because the loudest voices complain about them?