First of all the purpose of this post is not to bash or provide excuse for the current stage that FFXIV is in... it's more of helping us who are not game developers better understand what would be a more realistic expectation on when we can/should expect significant updates from the new Dev team.
So I just walked out of a meeting at work in which one of our IT project teams got hammered with a problematic system release... The release was really just some "minor enhancements" (at least according to the people complaining about the problems) such as additional data points to an existing billing system... The IT manager apologized for all the issues and promised to fix it ASAP.. when the directors asked for the definition of "ASAP", IT manager replied, "well, all I can tell you that we'll be working overtime to fix the problems... but realistically with all the issues at hand I honestly cannot guanrantee that we can resolve everything within couple months.." I remembered thinking, "oh boy, and this is just one of those internal stuff... if its an external product, it'll probably take waaaay longer because the company will not risk launching customer-facing producuts with glaring issues...Oh wait, but that's exactly what SE did back in Oct lol..." :P
I then came back to my office and started reading several posts today regarding "when updates are coming" and "what has the new dev team done so far"... and I started wondering... with all the issues at hand with such a huge project like FFXIV, what exactly is the realistic timeline for the FFXIV dev team to deliver something that are considered "significant" and "game-changing" to the majority player base?
Let's be more specific and just focus on the following hot items...
Main Storyline quests
Auction House or better Market Ward
If "4-6 weeks for smaller projects and 12-24 weeks for larger ones" is the standard turn-around time for a 8-15 IT team (for my company at least), what would be the realistic turn-around time for an experienced game dev team under SE working on items mentioned above..? Is there any one here who is/was in the industry and can provide expert opinion or realistic assessments on this?
Edited, Jan 17th 2011 3:04pm by Yumiechan