Bit of a trolling post, but still an interesting question. (Stop reading now if you don’t like fluffy trolls)
I keep hearing people on chat and forum talking about the “release” of Last Epoch, and I am not sure what they mean… Let’s try to understand.
“Release” is a fairly simple word, has always been used in computer gaming. It means roughly “becoming available to anyone who wants to buy it”, as opposed to beta testing where you usually need an invite (except time-limited open betas, which are free and used as stretch tests).
By that standard definition, Last Epoch was released a long time ago.
So what do all these people asking “when will Last Epoch release?” really mean?
- “When will the game be complete and stop evolving?” In that case, I hope the answer is a loud NEVER, and that Eleventh Hour Games will always try to improve and expand.
- “When the game loses the beta tag?” It is just that, a tag. Doesn’t mean anything when a game is commercially released (ah ah) with the tag still on. Some developpers remove it quickly, some keep it for years to have more freedom for changes, it is quite irrelevant.
- “When all the classes are in?” “When multiplayer is in?” “When the campaign is complete?” “When some other feature is in?” All of the above? Why call a specific feature a “release”?
So, here is my question: to you people talking about the “release of Last Epoch”, what do you mean? And what will be the big difference showing us that it has been “released”, as opposed to what it is now (a great game, available to everyone, always evolving and improving)?