Cosmetic DLCs and DLC information handling on steam platform
Latest information on steam platform regarding future dlc was handling in surprisingly awful manner.
Basically, for weeks there were "mysterious" posts titled "Hi!", "You know what time it is", "It is almost there" and so on.
This is not informative, and is downright insulting. The game is about engineering, and I'd imagine that the userbase is not the kind of gullible crowd that would drool at the hint of the first letter of planned feature.
And so on.
For comparison, this is a good informational page:
Factorio also provides good summaries, which are pages long.
Would be nice to have more transparency, also "mysterious" posts build negative expectations. Because when there's no information given, one can only assume that there's going to be two cosmetic blocks total, there will be nothing else, and it will be $20.
Additionally, there seems to be increased resentment towards cosmetic DLCs on steam which appears more and more often. The problem is not DLCs but DLCs not providing substantial improvements to gameplay. Some of the desired features include wildlife, humanoid npcs, living world, water, and many other things. I'm certain that people wouldn't mind if those desired featurs were released as DLCs, even if each DLC was separate and cost more than another cosmetics.
In Marek's blog article posted in April of 2019, there was mention of those features being possibly planned:
But since then, there was no information on them being developed, and overall lack of information creates impression that no work is being done on the feature, and the game being abandoned and slowly dying.
Would be nice if something was done about that. The game has potential, but currently only 25% of said potential was realized at best. Would be sad to see it fizzle out.