This is a topic that has bothered me as a marketplace creator for quite a while. I kind of successfully ignored it the past few weeks, but now that I saw this I have to talk about it.
Here is a marketplace item by Skunkwerks Kinetic, just go to the comment section and get an impression:
This is a FREE engine plugin, which the creators were nice enough to take the extra work and release it to the community. They don’t owe the people who download it ANYTHING. They can just walk away and abandon the project and it is still a great contribution to the community.
What the hell do these people think?
“I sent an email to Skunkwerks, asking for an ETA on the 4.13 version. Several days later, I still haven’t received a response. I think that a workflow plugin should be given some priority, even if it is offered at no charge. At the very least, some communication should be made to convey information about delays. Not doing this creates inconvenience for the user and reflects poorly on the creator. For us, the amount of time that has passed is an indication that it can’t be relied upon. This is unfortunate, because the plugin is simple and effective.”
“Meanwhile 2 months later and still on 4.12”
They have their own business, they need to somehow earn money. You and your “game project” is not the center of the universe! And I am saying game project in quotes here because any professional game developer knows that stuff like that takes time and money.
And what is it that people don’t understand that you don’t have to use the latest engine version? It’s a game engine, people could create games with 4.10 as they can with 4.14.
Do people not realize that you can move assets between engine versions? They are complaining on texture packs about outdated engine versions? Hello? It’s a texture, what do you think changed with the new engine version that you cannot migrate it?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally ok if a newcomer or professional game studio asks nicely for an engine update. What I am sick is the amount of wannabe professionals who think they or their game is important and takes priority over our time.
I don’t know why I wrote this, probably wanted to lift my anger about that free engine plugin comment section.
If you want to contribute to this discussion in any way please do.