Lets Talk Keen
So... Keen. Whats going on? Where have you been?
I am writing this on remark of your lack of presence within the community after this bombshell of an update dropped among other things. I do not need to recite what has already been covered in the discord and forums across the web, but to be particular your handling of the community, the source of your inputs for fueling future game development, and along with the priorities of the managing and maintaining space engineers has been paltry and undisclosed as of late.
On topics of community, I am referring to jim who has worked countless hours into bugfixing and implementing changes into the game. Yet according to him, Jim made note of the problems within a separate post, but we have yet to hear from you your side of the issue. Moreso, this is not the first case that this has happened where a prominent community member and all contributing works were simply swept under the rug. The name "Rexxar" should ring a bell who on his word said he left keen due to shoddy practice. These are community members who I have had the privilege to work with and who have helped guide me to become a better programmer, even if their view of me is not very high. For this reason, I hold them with utmost respect and to see them dismissed like garbage leaves nothing but scorn and disgust in this case.
Where are you with regards to future development? Who is fueling the ideas for your future development? You claim to listen to your community, but when key bugs and issues are not being resolved and fixed, and valued suggestions go to the waste-bin in favor of designs that would be of interest to you, how can we have faith you are listening to us? In example, a questionaire was posted a while back asking what the community wanted the dev team to focus on. As you can see with the questionnaire results, dlc was of the lowest scored. At what point did it seem like a good idea to go against the wishes of the greater community to appease a small fraction who wanted dlc in the first place? Never mind the fact that the dlc itself as explained by prominent modders that the designs go uncredited, net players with unfair advantage, and lock functional blocks behind a paywall on top of the aforementioned sloppy handling of dlc protection. Where are you on this topic?
And to the big question, where are you during all of this? Not once have you come to us to explain this questionable behavior with complete honesty. I may not speak for the community as a whole, but I am growing antsy, unsure of what move you do next, and the lack of transparency is not helping. There needs to be a come-to-jesus meeting with the development team (potentially executives as well) and prominent community members of scripters, modders, advocates, server owners, and all those with a degree of passion for the game and/or a technical knowledge of it. No, this shouldn't be a strict QA as the aim should be to address the mistakes and see what steps can be taken to rectify them. As of right now, all of us are in the dark and the path you lead is dark indeed.
Reach out, for the love of all, to your community who has put time, effort and love into the game.