That's not a problem, the game still has potential and even if it never turns into something material, it's good to know that it could have been something good, right? Right?But even BH, the basic concepts of the game and the mechanics were solid and very good. The implementation though...pretty piss poor.
Sir Charles, I respect your opinions and I know you've been around since...forever. But making UBI look almost free of guilt in this mess is the wrong choice. Publishers are responsible for the games they publish. They take the risks and, as a result, they receive the biggest share of their sales. Among their duties, it's QA (shared with the developer). You can usually see that in the credits. Now, tell me how (and this happened to me) huge oversights like making all the "exclusive" weapons, digital deluxe edition included, available for everyone at no monetary or dynasty point cost passed them by? Or the nice ability to compare achievements that made you effectively lose all of them? These are no simple bugs or misspelling errors. These are the kind of things that should have never seen the light of day had QA done its job.
Add to this the lack of communication and the horrible, HORRIBLE(!) DRM that are UBI's sole responsability and well, you get the picture.
This has been an experience I won't easily forget. And I feel especially sorry for the future of one of my most beloved series of all time.
Ultimately, what Ubi says goes and they are to take full responsibility for letting this garbage not once, but twice get out the door. And one would think they'd be more careful after H5's release. Never in my wildest dreams would I think that they'd allow H6 to be even worse. There were never this many bugs in H5 as there are in H6 and now there is no hopeful outlook for it being fixed properly now that you've all but confirmed BH is done.
Oh, and I don't want to hear, "well the fans can mod it." No, it's the developer's responsibility to fix things, add things, and make it right. Not the fans.
Again, like I said to Xenophex, I'm not saying Ubi is blameless. Quite the contrary. I'm only pointing out that putting all the blame on them is also misdirected. As for the QA, I can't answer that. We're not involved on that end of things. To be honest, we weren't nearly as involved as we were in H5 IMO. The communication issue has always been there. It was there with Nival as well. I don't know if it's Ubi who's putting the muzzle on them or if it's simply the fact that they're spending the majority of the time working on the game instead of conversing with the fanbase. Who knows.
I just find it odd that people are so surprised by the way things went. I guess people were expecting things to run more smoothly than they did with H5. I certainly wasn't. We had new team leaders from Ubi on the project, we had new developers on the project, they weren't just modifying the previous game (like h1 to h2) but rather starting from scratch yet again...this had repeat offenses written all over it from day 1 IMO. Now that they're using another developer again to do the patching just tells me we're going to go through the wringer yet again. This has nothing to do with the skill or quality of the team working on the game. It has to do with their amount of experience on this particular game. Anytime you're tackling heroes for the first time, it's going to be difficult. IMO the worst mistake that Ubisoft made with H6 was going away from Nival.
And yes, there WERE this many bugs in h5. Heck, there were MORE. I think people are remembering things more fondly because of how things finally turned out after the expansions. But h5 was a mess for a LONG time.
As for BH...I've never gotten a complete answer on them. It sounds as though they're almost going under. I'm not sure. But right now, a different team has taken over (limbick). Whether that's permanent or not, time will tell.
As for h6...they're fully committed to fixing everything from what I've heard. They've got a very comprehensive patching plan in place to fix everything and add new things. As usual, with a game this big and complex, the time schedule is never going to be accurate. But they are working on things to fix the game. They're not happy with the current state, they know the fans aren't happy with the current state and they certainly don't plan on leaving things as they currently are.