Dude, you can twist and turn it which ever way you like. The problem is that as soon as CIG shows off something in their flashy trailers and demos you cultists immediately pretend like it has already been delivered when in reality it is usually months or years away.
If you go back then most of what CIG has shown in the numerous flashy trailers and demos over the years has never arrived in the game or, even if it has, in a half-assed fashion that did not even begin to match the quality of what was shown in said trailers & demos.
The simple truth of the matter is that we are approaching the end of the year 2016 and what we have is:
- Squadron 42: 0% delivery
- Persistent universe: Far less than 1% delivery
- Private servers: 0% delivery
- Mod tools: 0% delivery
Those are the cold, hard facts. It is ridiculous to claim that CIG have been making awesome progress these past four years. They haven't. Compared to the full scope all the way up to the final $65 million stretch goal, they have FUCK ALL to show for it today.
I am 100% convinced that there hasn't ever been a AAA game in the history of game development, except DN4ever maybe
, that has had a similarly poor output after four years (see, I'm even willing to give Roberts a break here because according to his counting we're at five years, not four).
Most MMOs like WoW, SWTOR etc. certainly had a fully playable alpha after four years with some features missing, parts of the world missing but they definitely weren't at less than 1% of the final thing or the projects would have been cancelled.
You know, I'm still looking forward to Squadron 42 and I want it to be delivered as polished as possible and I can absolutely wait for it patiently, too, but I'm calling a spade a spade here and unlike you cultists I'm not willing to stick my head in the sand, singing lalalalalala and pretending that everything is awesome when in reality everything is fucked up beyond recognition.
SC/S42 project management these past four years has been a complete clusterfuck of the most epic proportions. The numbers speak for themselves. Four years and FAR less than 1% delivery. It's a fact.