I have been a backer of Phoenix Point for a while now, but more one of the quiet sit back and read the developer communication and poke around with backer builds to see how the project matures, backers.
Up until a few months ago I felt Snapshot were really handling engaging everyone really well, there was a clear effort to keep backers in the loop and get them involved with feedback and staging major milestone build releases to show progress and also get critical impressions on how new layers of the game were being designed.
However after waiting a few months now, ever since the whole Epic partnership it feels as if engaging with the backers and keeping them involved has pretty much gone out of the window… now it’s important to emphasise the “It feels” part of this, as this is just purely how I personally feel as a backer and how in my eyes Snapshot have done a complete 180 and become completely detached from the backers and keeping them involved… so it’s purely a subjective thing, but it is something that I feel that is based on my observations of conduct over the last few months.
So what exactly is going on with the project? Can we expect any further involvement and interaction before September? And if it is planned what kind of ‘involvement’ might we expect?
If there are no further backer engagement plans prior to the intended September release (assuming September is still an accurate time table) I got to say this whole thing will probably leave a rather sour impression of Snapshot going forward and kind of sends the message that now that Epic have given the project a ton of money, everyone of us could refund if we wanted but they’re better off either way so they just shuttered down and to do their thing and what any of us think despite supporting the project financially when no one else was really interested and extending understanding and often encouragement during development delays suddenly doesn’t hold any importance anymore.
Edit: Case in point. The ‘Roadmap’ established via Trello has seen no activity or changes since April 24th and that was just to appoint new administrators. The last time any actual development progress information was added to it was March 15th (Which was just the inclusion of a disclaimer note that not everything can be shared openly).
And the last actual development progress update to the roadmap was done January 31st.
Just check the activity logs.