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dragonhighlord1
02-13-2012, 12:15 PM
By all the post asking what does coming soon mean, I would suggest use dates, or even estimated dates. On that note does any one know when the next mod comes out? I found lots of post asking the same question, but could not find the answer. I am sure it is out there.

Title should read Suggestion: Coming soon?

redspecter23
02-13-2012, 12:19 PM
I don't think anyone knows the exact date the new update is coming out. Not even the ones working on it. They probably have a projected release date that is subject to change, but that info hasn't been released to the public yet. Historically, updates are usually released when they're "ready" which typically means, "We've squashed all the bugs we were possibly able to take care of before management forced us to release this update. We will pull the servers down shortly after they hit live to fix the other bugs that management didn't give us time to fix initially."

chance2000
02-13-2012, 12:35 PM
According to several interviews with gaming websites, and the G4 gaming tv show xplay (they have a mmo report)
it is Wed Feb 22

Saravis
02-13-2012, 12:43 PM
They probably have the same motto as Blizzard, "It's done when it's done."

Which I'm fine with, I'd rather they miss deadlines and release a better result than meet one and release a complete mess.

Memnir
02-13-2012, 12:43 PM
They used to do something like this, called the Weekly Developer Activity posts, but people couldn't handle the vague dates. People started to complain when non-specific due dates didn't happen soon enough, and some got angry feeling like they were lied to or let down. The Devs, tired of being yelled at when trying to do a nice thing, stopped the WDAs.


So, the Devs got into the habit of talking to us almost never - and silence is a hard habit to break. They won't go back to the WDAs. Ever.

madmaxhunter
02-13-2012, 12:51 PM
You also have to factor in that Lam is now a beta server. They've said that updates will hit Lam earlier so the bugs can be fixed. Harder to predict live release now.

chance2000
02-13-2012, 02:12 PM
You also have to factor in that Lam is now a beta server. They've said that updates will hit Lam earlier so the bugs can be fixed. Harder to predict live release now.

Nope Lam is the public preview server not beta.
Mournlands is the private preview server (Closer to beta)
where folks have a do not disclose clause.
Mournland folks can't even let people know they are involved.

Memnir
02-13-2012, 02:23 PM
Nope Lam is the public preview server not beta.
Nope - they changed (http://forums.ddo.com/showpost.php?p=4283656&postcount=1) this recently. It is now an official public testing server.

chance2000
02-13-2012, 04:14 PM
Also not beta you do have to apply for it
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Default Behind the Mournlands Preview Program
Many players have applied to the Mournlands preview program, but none have ever said they were in the program. Many players say that it doesn’t exist on those facts alone. Well, I assure you that it does exist, but because Mournlanders past and present are not allowed to reveal who they are, it is difficult to prove.

Many of them are guild members, forum friends, silent soloers or in-game idols, and they are encouraged to participate in both the live community and the Mournlands community. They do this so they do not lose touch with what brought them to Mournlands in the first place, while still bringing a “useable” set of feedback. Today, we will go over what the preview program is, why it is secret, and how to get into it.

Some people seem to think that the Mournlands Preview Server is just : “some private test server”, but in truth, the Mournlands Preview Server exists to look at new content and systems in order to help make things more fun, balanced, and playable. The QA and Dev teams will occasionally be found in groups with the players on Mournlands. They go there not to test, but to learn more about the possible strategies in a new quest from the player’s perspective. Sure, bugs are found and fixed in the process, but the core purpose is not that, and they are not a requirement of the Mournlanders.

The Mournlands Preview Server and its players are shrouded in secret in mystery for many reasons. One reason is to keep them from being pressured into revealing information before it is ready to be released. Another is to allow them to actually continue their DDO lives without the Mournlands program changing how the rest of the community views them. It would be difficult to look at someone who is marked as a Mournlander and not want to know what the future holds. So for the safety of their own entertainment, the Mournlanders are kept hidden.

In addition, much of what finds its way onto Mournlands is not finished, still in development, and simply not ready to see the light of the world yet. As such, the Mournlands Preview Program has a gated access, which might be one of the most well known aspects of it. Operated by the QA department, this process exists in order to choose those who would give the sort of feedback that is desired for development. Applicants are reviewed with a variety of qualities in mind. Posting history, quality of application, infraction/ban history, need of player type, and referral are some of the many different ways that each applicant is reviewed. One of the highest priorities is previous posting history. Knowing what sort of feedback has been given before is a good indication of what feedback will be given in the future. However, don’t let a low posting count deter you from applying! Having a good explanation as to why you do not post often, or even at all, can and will be accepted just as much as a post count over 9000.

In the end, having an opinion and a reason behind that opinion is the strongest thing that can be used to get access to the Mournlands Preview Program.

So the next time you hear someone say that the Mournlands Preview Server is a myth… You can tell them the truth. Yes. It does exist but only the acceptance email will ever prove that fact and by then, it’s too late.