One question I am asking is whether major mods should co-operate and agree a release schedule that ensures they all get the maximum attention.
A while ago I wrote about PlanetPhillip being a Mod Publisher. One of the possible benefits would be the scheduling of the release of mods.
One of the difference between games and mods is that they are fighting for players’ cash. In many ways mods are fighting against each other for players’ time. Of course, eventually a player will play all the mods but if a mod can get their mod played by as many people as possible at the same time they can generate a lot of feedback and kudos.
If two mods are splitting the players then they both potentially lose.
Please don’t misunderstand me I am not criticizing the authors of the above mods, just raising possibility of a new system for ensuring everybody wins.
Now, when an author or team spends a significant amount of their free time they naturally want to release it as quickly as possible (Assuming it’s considered finished!) The amount of delay need only be one week and actually may allow websites like PlanetPhillip.com to raise the profile and anticipation of the mod in question.
So, what do you think? I’m especially interested to hear from both sides of the system; the players AND the developers.