@Whitby, debate about the details will be endless, but your essential point is right on and one I have felt often while playing Sandstorm - it simply does not match the baseline quality of game manship that DOI does. In the rare times these days that I can find people playing DOI on US servers I still have more fun with the gameplay and mechanics than I do on Sandstorm.
That said, I have hope given NWI's announcement to be more community driven in their development.
The devs at NWI definitely know there's a strong need for new content, especially in the form of new maps. If NWI made any mistake here it was in undervaluing how difficult a process it would be to create this game in UE4, and thus gave us unrealistic release date options, releasing the game essentially in Beta mode. My best guess is that they will keep optimizing and releasing new content and will likely do a major update and marketing push once the console version is ready.
@Viktorianas, I suspect this is more to do with challenges of server browsing using UE4 in combination with the team rushing to release the title sooner than later. I've been playing Squad for years for example and it seems it took the developers eons to implement the simplest server browser options in a halfway decent manner.
I do think it was a huge mistake to implement auto-matching without giving us the players a baseline choice. The other day I got the same map 3 times in a row and 4 out of 5 times. I do think if something isn't done to fix this it will lead to consistent player drop.
Just want to say it's really awesome we are getting a CTE. It's neat that we can get previews of upcoming updates, get to participate in testing them, and also have firsthand insight into how much goes into fixing bugs and optimizing each round.
Seems like NWI has dynamically shifted to respond to the lower play base and the players calls for communication. Developers talking with players allays a good portion of the angst of playing a long-anticipated and yet mostly beta-style release.
I suspect NWI will invest in their AI resources in time, and the current behaviors are just placeholders. The game was rushed to market with a whole lot of features broken or incomplete, though thankfully NWI is amazing about releasing post-launch content and improving the game. DOI eventually got improved bot AI and was truly challenging to beat on Coop Commando, so they can get at least to that level in-house.