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  1. In Topic: roadmap to alpha?!

    28 July 2019 - 01:07 PM

    I don't want to get into too much detail here. We're not using "a to-do list", but a DevOps tool (Gitlab) to track issues and progress. We've talked about making our issue tracker public at some point but if that's ever going to happen, it's not right now. I understand your wish for more openness though.
  2. In Topic: What are the ambitions for Resurgence ?

    27 June 2019 - 09:25 PM

    I'm not sure what your intention is.

    If your intention is to complain, then congratulations, job well done! Every few months we've got a new person complaining in a new thread about the development of urt 5 or the state of urt 4. You're not the first nor the last and we will happily continue to work on Urban Terror regardless of how many complainers walk by. :)

    If your intention is to offer advice, then thank you very much! I appreciate it. Good suggestions are always welcome. Here's the thing: We've been at this for a long time, we have a team of people who are really good at what they are doing and we have long discussions about a lot of topics regarding the development of the game. It takes a bit more than a simple "Have you thought about X, you should do that" to offer meaningful advice. If you are serious about helping out, you should apply to join the team or if that's not your ambition, contact us via mail or on Discord. Professional discussions very rarely happen on public forums.

    If you are here to learn about our motivations and plans, which seems to be your main intention (at least in your first post) then let me explain what FrozenSand and UrbanTerror are (at least from my point of view).

    For about 20 years FrozenSand has been a team of friends who work together to create an awesome game. That is still true today. We spend our free time (and money) to learn about game development, software development, 2D art, 3D art, audio, web development, business, team management, project management, community management and marketing among other things. You are correct in saying that we are doing it for the fun, as a learning experience and to add to our portfolio/resume. Over the years several Urban Terror developers have used the project to start professionally in the game dev field, me included.

    Releasing a stable, new version of Urban Terror is the major objective of the entire project - a game which lives up to high-quality standards that we have set for ourselves and our community expects, a game that's worth playing. We will not rush a release to please people who expect or demand a product right now. The (arguably) long development is a combination of the nature of our team and our standards. Comparing our development time with other indie studios or professional studios and remarking that we are "taking too long" is pointless. Team size, time investment, the complexity of the game features and quality of the final product are just some factors that go into this, most of which you cannot properly judge from the outside.

    We are not developing the game to earn money. In general, more money won't make us work faster or longer hours. The majority of FS developers have full-time jobs and other life obligations that they wouldn't quit even if the project suddenly had major funding. I don't see us hiring full-time game developers either anytime soon, if at all. That would dramatically change the nature of the team and the development. It's too complex of a topic - not something I want to expand on in this thread.

    Asking for money to get (early) access to the game is not something we want to do. Urban Terror has always been and will always stay free. We have mentioned before, that we are working on cosmetic in-game purchases aka skins. This doesn't mean that other sources of income won't be used or considered. The money we'll earn will most likely go into paying for our infrastructure and marketing.

    Advertising the game is a very important part of the release of the game. We are taking it very seriously. You might just not have seen much because we are not there yet. In due time we'll invest more time and money into marketing the game. That's actually an area where I can see us hiring a professional because it is very difficult to find a volunteer with the required expertise to do it properly.

    I wouldn't really say we are competing too much with other AAA titles. Big companies throw money at advertisers to make their game popular because they are focusing on earning money. We, on the other hand, are focusing on creating an awesome game. We really don't need millions of players for Urban Terror to be a great game that players enjoy playing. A few thousand are all that's needed. I am very deliberate in saying I don't care too much about the game being a huge success or not. However, we are dedicated to doing the development right and that's the important part. A great game is a very good selling point in itself and we already know that Urban Terror is a great game. In philosophical words: "You can't control the outcome, but if you take all the right steps along the way the outcome might be more than you hoped for."

    You talk about FrozenSand not being dedicated... If spending decades of your life working on a project in your free time without payment all along while hundreds of people come along and tell you how you failed or are going to fail, isn't dedication, then I don't know what is. I for one am freaking proud of this team, of what we have achieved and of where we are headed! It is an honor to be part of it and a joy to be on this journey. I will continue to work on Urban Terror no matter what others might say and I will make sure it gets released so we can all enjoy playing this awesome game together. Because it's worth it!

    P.S. Thank you for making me write this reply. Now I have something to link to for the next person coming along in a few months complaining about the development. :)
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