Hedge’s vague response that they’re planning to do a single unspecified pre-expansion patch is definitely better than continued total silence, but it’s just insulting that they have to be prompted to give even that small bit of info. Why does every little bit of encouraging news have to be dragged out of them?
I know they aren’t blind to the numerous posts across three distinct forums asking about bugs and Chaos Wastes, but I’m struggling to see how it negatively affects their bottom line to simply acknowledge their community’s concerns and let them know they are heard, even if they can’t provide explicit answers.
I don’t think reasonable people are asking for specific dates, and I would hope a game dev company with years of experience would be able to tell the difference between a vocally angry minority and a quieter community at large who just want a bit of reassurance.
As to the “anti-criticism”… I came to this forum quite a bit in the first year after the game launched, but that became less and less after watching so many threads derailed by obsessive posters who would deny anything was ever wrong and who were given free reign to just attack everybody as long as they maintained a veneer of civility.
For better or worse, this seems like the place where one is most likely to get a FS response, but the level of condescending, dismissive elitism that gets dumped on people’s heads, seemingly with FS’s blessing, is incredibly off-putting.