What if every major thread offered a dev sticky at the top that summarized the key discussion points around that area were aware of as a dev team? Wed track the last major update(s) to those areas that shipped live in the sticky thread, and each time a new update is made update that thread accordingly.
I think this could be a good first step to make development a bit more transparent. The policy still stands though:
Per company policy (see Mike OBriens post for his summary of ArenaNets dev communcation policy) we wouldnt be able to discuss what is currently in development, or what progress were making on it. It would purely be a list of core high level topics we are aware of and think are important in Gw2.
here the other bullet points:
- not a discussion thread
This would not be a discussion thread well be using the CDI for those developer and player discussions. This would be a closed sticky that simply provides a list of what high level areas were aware of and what weve last done in those areas to help provide a road map for players of things wed like them to discuss and brainstorm. This post would be in an effort to help drive, and help create discussion.
- no time frame
These lists would have no definitive time frame when they would be updated. Iterative development can be fast, it can be slow (hi precursors!) and sometimes prioritys can change over night based on player feedback, company needs, or even things that occur due to staffing changes from illness, vacation, etc.
- updates are being made, threads opened
If we decided something that was a key discussion point has either been completed, changed, or removed from our list wed update the sticky thread and also leave an open discussion thread in that forum with a summary of that change of status. If it hasnt been removed from the list, you know its still a core discussion point for the Gw2 development team.
- focus on the biggest discussion points only
There are way, way too many discussion points in a game as big as Gw2 for us to cover all the things everyone wants to talk about. Wed simply be focusing on a handful of the very top biggest discussion points were concerned with. It doesnt mean we arent working on other stuff, but it can at least help provide a discussion road map to the bigger picture.
- localisation on that info being made
These sticky threads, and the updates when they change would be localized into all languages on all forums, to ensure were clearly communicating to all our fans rather than just in English.
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