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Episode 3?

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When does episode 3 of the story mode get realised?

 

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9 hours ago, greatwhitegamer said:

@Erlend ...I'm guessing sometime this spring or early summer.  

I think that you are too optimistic. If Hinterland releases episode 3 in 2019 it would be a wonder. 

It took 16+ month to make a redux. Even if they started to make episode 3 before redux, they will have to redo it as well.

Besides, almost 2 months after release of redux - still no bearspear in survival mode and no info if the spear would help to fight wolves.

So I forecast only a minor addition or change of survival mode, like they did with cooking process (By minor I mean not efforts  that they need to make but an effect on the game as a whole), maybe crafting will be next. Next episode will be around Jan-Feb 2020.

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They just picked up some experienced game devs when Capcom Vancouver folded last September. ISTR that Raph mentioned they got some motion capture stuff from the Capcom distress sale too. While there's no doubt that there'll be some ramp up time for new developers, I'd expect that it won't be very long before you start seeing more production from them. It's not like they're going to keep those folks idle while paying them a salary. 

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10 hours ago, Dum_Gen said:

Next episode will be around Jan-Feb 2020.

I doubt that.

Even though Hinterland is such a small team, I think we can expect episode three before then.

10 hours ago, stratvox said:

I'd expect that it won't be very long before you start seeing more production from them.

I agree. 

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12 hours ago, Dum_Gen said:

I think that you are too optimistic. If Hinterland releases episode 3 in 2019 it would be a wonder. 

It took 16+ month to make a redux. Even if they started to make episode 3 before redux, they will have to redo it as well.

Besides, almost 2 months after release of redux - still no bearspear in survival mode and no info if the spear would help to fight wolves.

So I forecast only a minor addition or change of survival mode, like they did with cooking process (By minor I mean not efforts  that they need to make but an effect on the game as a whole), maybe crafting will be next. Next episode will be around Jan-Feb 2020.

The devs were working on episode 3 and redux at the same time. I don't think they had to finish the redux to be able to apply their improvements to episode 3.
They originally announced episode 3 for December, I don't think they would have done that if they hadn't made considerable progress on it.
I know it may be a bit optimistic to believe that this was the sole reason, but according to Hinterland, episode 3 was delayed because they got new new equipment and staff and wanted to use them to improve and add more content to episode 3. I'm pretty sure if they wanted to, they could have released episode 3 at the quality level of the redux by now.

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Wintermute is supposed to be a "Season" of episodes. You can't release one episode every year and call it a Season. I think 3-4 months between episodes is about right. Six months would be pushing the limit. Otherwise, people will forget what was going on in the story and lose interest.

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We haven't announced anything in regards to when we'll be releasing Episode 3, or any of the other episodes. 

One of the things we've learned is that setting public dates is a good way to disappoint the community and we would rather focus on ensuring that Episode 3 (as well as 4 and 5) is released at the highest quality possible than hit a self-imposed deadline. So until we are very close to being able to release updates to the game, we won't be providing definitive dates.

We understand that players have been patient and want to continue to experience WINTERMUTE and we thank you all for your patience as we work to bring you the best possible version of The Long Dark.

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12 hours ago, admin said:

We haven't announced anything in regards to when we'll be releasing Episode 3, or any of the other episodes. 

One of the things we've learned is that setting public dates is a good way to disappoint the community and we would rather focus on ensuring that Episode 3 (as well as 4 and 5) is released at the highest quality possible than hit a self-imposed deadline. So until we are very close to being able to release updates to the game, we won't be providing definitive dates.

We understand that players have been patient and want to continue to experience WINTERMUTE and we thank you all for your patience as we work to bring you the best possible version of The Long Dark.

Well, you don't disappoint the community, when you set public dates. You disappoint when you don't meet these deadlines. As a result people become sceptic about your announcements. You reap what you sow.

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13 hours ago, Pillock said:

Wintermute is supposed to be a "Season" of episodes. You can't release one episode every year and call it a Season. I think 3-4 months between episodes is about right. Six months would be pushing the limit. Otherwise, people will forget what was going on in the story and lose interest.

I would be happy if we get 3-4 months between episodes, but there is no proof that devs are able to meet these deadlines. Besides, it would probably postpone development of survival mode to a significant degree. That's why I set such a concervative estimate.

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16 hours ago, admin said:

One of the things we've learned is that setting public dates is a good way to disappoint the community and we would rather focus on ensuring that Episode 3 (as well as 4 and 5) is released at the highest quality possible than hit a self-imposed deadline. So until we are very close to being able to release updates to the game, we won't be providing definitive dates.

Understandable, but could you maybe get closer to a season, or first half the year, second half of the year, something like that :)

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On 2/13/2019 at 1:34 PM, admin said:

We haven't announced anything in regards to when we'll be releasing Episode 3, or any of the other episodes. 

One of the things we've learned is that setting public dates is a good way to disappoint the community and we would rather focus on ensuring that Episode 3 (as well as 4 and 5) is released at the highest quality possible than hit a self-imposed deadline. So until we are very close to being able to release updates to the game, we won't be providing definitive dates.

We understand that players have been patient and want to continue to experience WINTERMUTE and we thank you all for your patience as we work to bring you the best possible version of The Long Dark.

This might sound completely ridiculous and probably not in the least bit comparable, but as someone who is an aspiring animator and understands how painstakingly complicated and tedious the process of creation can be, I for one completely understand your decision to withhold a release date/deadline from the community. Sadly, many people don't seem to understand the length of time it takes to create something as vast and beautiful as The Long Dark. I wish people would extend a little more grace.

I can't express how much I appreciate the amazing amount of work you all have put into creating this beautiful, immersive experience known as The Long Dark. Good on ya, mates. Good on ya.

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On 13.2.2019 at 8:34 PM, admin said:

We haven't announced anything in regards to when we'll be releasing Episode 3, or any of the other episodes. 

One of the things we've learned is that setting public dates is a good way to disappoint the community and we would rather focus on ensuring that Episode 3 (as well as 4 and 5) is released at the highest quality possible than hit a self-imposed deadline. So until we are very close to being able to release updates to the game, we won't be providing definitive dates.

We understand that players have been patient and want to continue to experience WINTERMUTE and we thank you all for your patience as we work to bring you the best possible version of The Long Dark.

But is it possible to say if Episode 3 will be realised before 2020? or is it impossible to promise anything?

@admin

 

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