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Star Wars Galaxies Contracts

Star Wars Galaxies features delayed on GameSpot (thanks Ant) is an article revealing that some of the features planned for the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG will not be included when the game launches, currently scheduled for April 15 (story). The delayed features include "player-owned cities, drivable vehicles, player-generated missions, and the Dark Jedi character class." The story is based on a forum post by LucasArts producer Haden Blackman, who explains there's "a plan for implementing the postponed systems within the first seven or eight months after launch." The report also points out that "many of the delayed features are not immediately critical because it will take some time for players to attain the necessary levels in order to use them." There is no word on how this impacts the plan to ship an expansion about six months after the game's launch to add space flight and combat to the mix (story).

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19. A long time ago, in a logic far far away Feb 7, 2003, 00:28 Xombie
 
-That definitely has to be the single most detailed "we're not going to be able to ship with this stuff" message I've ever seen. Every other MMORPG dev in history (that I've seen) just goes "our product isn't complete, buy it anyway, shut up and wait".

-There isn't much they can do if the features aren't going to be finished in time for intended release. I don't have a problem with them not including certain features due to the features being unfinished. Their only options are to:
A.) Postpone the game completely until the features are implemented fully, then release it on date X.
B.) Release the game without the features, and bring out a patch with the features by date X.
C.) Half-ass the features like lazy idiots in order to weasle you out of $50, royally fuck up the game, and end up fixing them by date X, if that date ever comes (due to the publisher cutting funds because of low sales).

Note that the features end up being done at the exact same time or later for any one of them. B seems to be the best situation for the gamer. You get the game earlier, and the unfinished features don't screw with the code.


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