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Release When?
« on: September 12, 2018, 07:12:37 PM »

The autumnal equinox is Sept. 22 this year everyone. As we all know, Alex is a russian volshebnik or koldun1, and his powers derive from natural forces, growing in strength around the equinoxes and solstices.
I for one, am very excited2 for the upcoming release :D I think we can expect it anywhere from 2 days ago to 3 weeks from now.

Sources3:.52a release, 1 week after the spring equinox 2012
.53 a, released 9 days before the summer solstice, 2012
.54 a, released 8 days before the fall equinox 2012,
.54.1 a, released 6 days before the winter solstice, 2012
.6a released 1 week before the spring equinox 2013
.6.1a released 2 days before the autumnal equinox, 2013
.65.1a released 11 days after the autumnal equinox 2014


1:Google translations of wizard and sorcerer, no offence intended if there are connotations I don't know about in russian.
2: I cannot express how excited I am, I'm so excited.
3: Dates derived from initial post dates on forum releases in announcements section.
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2018, 08:53:25 PM »

Probably not this upcoming equinox.  Could happen on the Winter solstice though. :)
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 03:05:36 AM »

Judging from Alexs twitter it’s in the playtesting and bugsmashing phase meaning it will probably happen within a month or two, maybe sooner.

I’m super hyped, been putting off playing in order to prevent burning myself out.
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2018, 07:04:43 AM »

I'd wager about a month after we've been made aware that release candidates are being made.
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 07:08:18 AM »

I need to see another update to 0.9a patch notes before I consider its release imminent.
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 10:13:22 AM »

Well didn't playtesting last like... a WHILE last time? Like several months?

God it's been so long since the last update, I think I'm going through withdrawal...
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 10:50:11 AM »

I'm guessing winter solstice, if we all manage to sacrifice a goat.

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Re: Release When?
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2018, 03:44:53 AM »

I had some fun logging the releases:



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Re: Release When?
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2018, 05:44:55 AM »

So you're saying....

release date = -1 / (version-1)

Uh oh  ;D
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2018, 09:32:06 AM »

Interesting graphs!  Statistically speaking we're hovering on the knife's edge of a new release - but considering we've only got one set of patch notes (normally there's 3 sets of patch notes, with the third coming on the day of release), we've still got to wait for more sets if standard procedure is followed.

Also something that I noticed on that graph - we didn't get an in-between version as has followed for the past 3 major releases (0.62, 0.652, and 0.72), so that's probably contributing to this excess of eagerness.
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2018, 03:12:38 PM »

I think that's more to do with Alex getting better at nailing down fixes post a major release to the point where only a single hotfix is needed. But 0.9 is huge. Revamped economics, intel, colony management. The bigger meat of the game which also takes a hell of a lot more finesse and game testing.
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2018, 12:05:52 AM »

I think that's more to do with Alex getting better at nailing down fixes post a major release to the point where only a single hotfix is needed.
I'd kinda disagree on this point, 0.8.1 had some major enough issues left that show that a 0.8.2 was deserved. Although part of it was the fact that the pattern of releases was different. Other major releases had a minor release 2 weeks after the major and then a moderate release three (or more) months after, while 0.8.x only had a single 6-week follow up.

If it was my personal project I'd have a dev branch and a fixes branch so I could still toss out important fixes between releases, but it's not my project and I honestly can't judge what Alex's workflow is like behind the scenes.
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2018, 12:19:35 AM »

The main hurdle in releasing additional releases is the cost of bandwidth usage. Given that Starsector is not profitable (yet), the release of any update that do not generates a lot of revenue like hotfixes have to be carefully weighted.
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2018, 02:56:09 AM »

Bandwidth issues with fix-releases could be lessened somewhat with a binary-only release or patch file, and I do understand that one still doesn't want to throw these out willy-nilly.

But things like the Strike Commander bug and carrier escort loops were discovered in that three month window that other major releases had and 0.8.x lacked.
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Re: Release When?
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2018, 06:22:38 AM »

While i agree, i think they've been far from the bigger game issues of the 0.5/0.6 era where literally the entire game could be rendered unplayable.
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