I've take a look at the list of updates to come and it does look awesome. I was just wondering if the dev Team has deadlines for these updates. For instance, medic bay will be released in 2 weeks. Do you have a procedural method of going through the list or is the dev team just picking out what they think they would like to work on first? Would definitely appreciate having dates as to when a certain feature would be out even if approximate. Thank you very much for reading and keep it up!
Good question! (For those unaware, we list our vague plans here.) No, we’re actually deliberately avoiding this, because we want to avoid locking ourselves into specific plans that end up being sub-optimal for the game.
It’s very common in game development to realize that a particular feature or direction could actually be greatly improved by implementing it in a different form, or sometimes not at all! But perhaps in the attempt to implement that feature, you stumble upon a totally different solution that ends up being even better than the original idea. Or maybe the original idea is actually still great, but it wouldn’t actually be interesting or meaningful until a different system makes it into the game earlier than originally expected.
This is especially true in a heavily systems-driven game like Spacebase, where so many parts of the game touch so many other parts of the game, frequently in ways that nobody on the team could have predicted when they were simply ideas on a whiteboard. This sort of thing has already happened all the time during development of this game.
You have to be careful not to get too married to any one idea, at least in any one specific form, because there’s simply no telling what the game will end up actually needing.