can anyone explain to me what is the point of the current Unreal Roadmap found here?:
Previously, when the roadmap was a trello board, it actually showed planned features and features being worked on in the next release. The term “roadmap” is usually meant as “known plans for the future”. What we have currently is not a roadmap, as it doesn’t show future plans. It only shows already completed features, so it’s not really a roadmap.
What I am further confused about are these buttons:
They don’t make any sense, because the question is pointless for a feature that’s been already shipped in the engine. If it wasn’t already known why the feature is important, it obviously would not have allocated development resources to, and would not be completed and shipped.
Worse yet, when any of the buttons is clicked, it further expands the query:
I mean let’s take a Lumen as an example. “Why do you need this?” - really? Isn’t that absolutely obvious? Everyone knows why Lumen is needed. How would that help Epic make it better for us? They already know the answer
This roadmap site seems pointless and everyone who stumbles upon it will see right through this fact in half a minute.
The only case where questions like “How important is this to you?” and “Why do you need this?” would be appropriate, is if this roadmap page contained future features which are planned and/or under consideration.
I would somewhat understand the corporate excuse of not disclosing future plans if Epic was publicly traded company. But it’s not. The next version features are no secret. Anyone can build the engine from source and see what’s planned at any time. So it’d be nice to have some short condensed summary of what we can look forward to. That was exactly what the original trello roadmap did and it’s exactly what the current roadmap does not do
Right now, it’s not a roadmap. It’s just a release notes summary of past versions, and a marketing material. So it’s very odd that it pretends to be a roadmap and feedback collection page, which it obviously can not be.