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Maintenance flow - your thoughts?

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How do you think maintenance should be carried out:

 

How it is currently being done:

We record, test, fix, test bugs and bring it into the game ASAP when it is least busy

 

How we could do it:

 

Option 1). We record, test, fix, test bugs and bring it into the game several days later when it is least busy

Pros:

  • Updates are brought out faster, you feel less coddled since you test more cutting edge changes that are fresh and ready for testing!

Cons:

  • Updates could be a little more buggy since there has been less internal testing from the development team. 
  • Maintenance periods are more common - particularly hot patches that are forced to come out to fix issues that may have been caught or sorted if it had stayed internal for a bit longer.

 

Option 2). Make one big release that is less frequent

Pros:

  • Updates are expected to have been tested internally a bit more and be more stable - since we're in Pre-Alpha there is a balance between being stable with each patch/release and bringing out cutting edge content. 

Cons:

  • You may find you are less able to provide feedback to changes since they are rolled out in chunks and you are overwhelmed by a large change log - making it difficult to test everything that has been changed. 
  • Updates are less frequent and can make development seem slow. Patches maybe more or less likely to happen - but we assume option 1 will require more frequent patches - note that these patches are downloaded seamlessly. 

 

So let us know what YOU guys want! We won't know unless you tell us :D!

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Id rather have option one. Im sort of impatient, so having updates come out quicker is better for me in that department. Also if they are a bit buggy, its what us testers are here for. It gives more jobs, and gets us closer to bug finding rewards. :)

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2 minutes ago, randy72501 said:

gets us closer to bug finding rewards.

Ah ha ha

3 minutes ago, randy72501 said:

Im sort of impatient

I can understand, but that understanding disappears if all you want is shiny new things. :D 

 

We're happy with option 1 and are currently doing it. Still, we're open to other people and their opinion.

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