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A "Full Release" for a F2PMMO is really just a line in the sand for development. Take a look at MW:O. Development will simply go on nevertheless.

 

MW:O's launch was simply the addition of a single 'mech and some bug fixes. They promised quite a lot of stuff for launch, including DirectX11 and a new UI. Those have been delayed. In the end, nobody cared about "Launch" and Metacritic's user reviews started getting flooded with abysmal scores.

 

http://mwomercs.com/

 

Launch is more towards PR. If a game in a horrible state gets "Launched", regardless of what the devs are doing, it will most likely flop.

 

 

 

inb4 Warfarm isn't a MMO

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This is not a PR stunt, nor an easy way out for the developers to say, "but it's still in beta."

 

The difference of a full release and open beta is this: Full release SHOULD be a point in the games life where the developers feel the game can stand on its own. Meaning there is no longer a mandatory need for tweaking and updating.  

 

That is not to say to keep their fanbase Digital Extreme won't need to update the game from time to time and keep providing fresh content. Seeing how well the Digital Extremes Warframe Development Team stay in contact with their community and constantly work on improving their game, I don't think that will ever be a problem.

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This is not a PR stunt, nor an easy way out for the developers to say, "but it's still in beta."

 

The difference of a full release and open beta is this: Full release SHOULD be a point in the games life where the developers feel the game can stand on its own. Meaning there is no longer a mandatory need for tweaking and updating.  

 

That is not to say to keep their fanbase Digital Extreme won't need to update the game from time to time and keep providing fresh content. Seeing how well the Digital Extremes Warframe Development Team stay in contact with their community and constantly work on improving their game, I don't think that will ever be a problem.

 

this guy knows what he's talking about.

 

also when doing a game like this with constant updates a "full release" is a set of criteria that is determined before hand and when DE gets to that point they will say "look warframe as it currently stands fill all of the criteria for what we want to call a full release. this doesn't mean we are happy with it or think it is a final project and won't touch it ever again but it is a full complete game."

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A full release of any game should be at a point where the Developers can walk way from it and never have to touch it again, save any incidental bug fixes to that 'as intended' release version. Any subsequent additions should not leave the game in an unplayable state or an inferior condition to the 'release'. What is sad is that many development houses do not follow this and release non-functional products that require constant developer tampering to achieve that state AFTER 'release'.

As it stands this not Warframe. It is highly doubtful that this will be Warframe come the launch of the PS4. The game is not entirely stable, performance is at times irregular (especially in networked play, a key component not a side feature), there is no story, and game play is in many senses of the word broken or not functioning. If DE walked away from Warframe right now save maintaining the server, the game would collapse within a year at best.

I hope that the PS4 community will not rip Warframe apart for being 'launched' in a beta condition with a real money store. I further hope that DE can get to a stable release version before 2014 and the Destiny beta. At that point, given the current trajectory of development DE will likely lose any of the PS4 players they mange to retain up until that point.

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Better off reading "beta" as "alpha" since that's much more like the state the game is really in.

It's a term they put on as a layer of defense so people can point and go "But it's beta!", which is somewhat true, it's not feature complete, and it's certainly not ready as a release.

Quite a flimsy one at that, beta is generally the stage where the software is feature complete and you're using a wider testing group to work on to clearing up bugs and getting it in a good state before release.

Here it seems to be used to work out what direction the game is supposed to be going and add more bugs than they fix.

 

inb4 Warfarm isn't a MMO

It isn't, there's nothing massively multiplayer about Warframe.
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