Today's Gamescom 2018 ends. As you can see here https://forums.focus-home.com/topic/28018/focus-home-gamescom-2018-line-up Focus Home Interactive went to that event with a number of games that they are publishing. Evry day, from Monday to Thursday they were publishing media materials for 2 games. But there was a game that got nothing like that. Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2. A game that should be, recording to the official informations, released next month. A game that has any gameplay video nor screenshot or any wider information about what this game really is and how it looks like.
Let's look when the other games that somehow got media materials are planned to be released:
Call of Cthulhu - October 30th
The surge 2 - 2019
Space Hulk: Tactics - October 9
Fear The Wolves - Early Access August 28th 2018. I do not count this as release date because the game is not finished.
Farming Simulator 19 - November 20
Insurgency: Sandstorm - September 18
So a few months at least. Any of those games have gameplay videos and other media materials, often released long before Gamescom. Only Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2, a game that has a release date on the next month, has absolutely nothing of that kind. What we have are silent developers that haven't posted a thing on official forum form years and aren't frequent guest on it either, that much they care https://forums.focus-home.com/groups/tindalos-interactive-team. The community is totally ignored and disregarded by developers and publishers. Even if the community manager claims otherwise because he is most often responding on @ at the Discord. But what those responses are?
- That he has nothing to say, with is not helpful at all and has the same value as silents.
- He is always ready to proudly present to us months old materials that everybody already knows.
- Recently he is announcing news for the "next week" and when "next week" passes he says that he hadn't promised anything so all is cool but we may expect something next week with turns out the same.
I do not really know if he even understands the situation at all. I have doubts after one of his recent message on the Discord after we have learned that BF is the only FHI's game that will present nothing to the people at the Gamescom: "So
The problem is that we aren't giving you the marketing materials that you'd like, right?
You'd like more trailers, more ship profiles, more of that sort of thing?"
So is he even aware of what and when we got something last time from them? For me this message is brazen. We have absolutely nothing from them for months, the release is next month and he is asking what is the problem? Total ignorance or total Impudence. To be fair he is not the responsible for all this mess but this does change the fact that Focus Home Interactive and Tindalos Interactive are totally disregarding BFGA Community.
But there are those who aren't ignored are journalists and there are media materials for them. And they are even "excited" to show the game to the, most probably, selectively chosen group https://twitter.com/BFG_Armada/status/1027896872147607552 . For people who will pay for the game, they have nothing but silents, excuses, and mockery.
All the official information that we have from developers and publishers:
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 - Reveal Trailer January 21, 2018
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 – Forging a Sequel January 31, 2018
Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions April 4, c2018 I think, the post may be older but the topic was hidden for some time.
That the game is available to preorder from Maj 31, 2018 and there were closed multiplayer alpha and beta tests and it is planned for next month.
-The ultimate Warhammer 40,000 space naval warfare experience
-All 12 factions from the original tabletop game
-Three dynamic solo campaigns (Tyranids, Necrons and Imperium)
-An ambitious, full-blown sequel featuring epic battles with far larger fleets
-Refined and improved gameplay, including new choices for ship customization
-Improved multiplayer modes and features for a better online experience
-The first videogame in Games Workshop's new "Gathering Storm" setting
There was some sort of stupid pokemon like game too:
only 2 episodes of this farce that broth nothing.
Those are official information. There a few information outside developer and publisher:
February 14, 2018, What's Next 2018 - Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 on Chapter Master Valrak youtube:
February 27, 2018, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2: Developer Interview:
most recent information we have is this from August 22, 2018:
No new media materials of course. The gap between the last information and previous one is July 5 to August 22 but only for stubborn ones because it is that good for nothing pokemon silliness. Any information of real value is Valrek's interview from February 27. a half a year. And official info January 31 Forging a Sequel youtube video, so about 7 months ago.
And now to all those who claim that we are sufficiently informed.
- Can you name a game that had not even a single screenshot published a month before release?
- Can you name a game that has over half a year information gap a month before release?
- Can you call sufficient information situation when people do not know what they are actually buying a month before release if there were not chosen to the alpha/beta testing?