This post is rather late in the day but as ya'll know, to me family and RL are the most important. So MCL was delayed a few weeks ago now as I'm sure you all know, but I thought the holiday season a good time to give the community an update as to what is going on. As Inkless Poet (VP of Gaming Ops.) mentioned before we would not waste this time, and you have seen the evidence in the new devs we have brought on-board and the work a couple of them have posted! The other devs have been working on new textures for ESU/Police/Civilian vehicle skins, emergency vehicle sounds, and making sure object placement on the map is precise, but I'm sure you want to know about the mission itself.
So where are we with the mission, well, unfortunately as previously said, BI did set us back. Their update caused multiple issues and really angered some of us (and I'm sure some of you!) but we kept on trucking along. We are about at the point now where we are hoping to start an internal closed test to see if all of our fixes have worked as intended. If all goes well with that test we will invite the community in as soon as we can, and we are REALLY excited for ya'll to see what we have! We are really trying to get this out to you ASAP.
Not what you wanted to hear? I planned for those who feel that way! I'm sure more than a few of you would like to simply play what we believe to be fixed now and open it up to the community, but that wouldn't live up to our goals....yet. Trust me, we want you all to play, we really do, but unlike our previous releases we don't want to run into previous issues we have had. We have gone through not enough to do, saving issues, and so many more issues, and that was our bad. We have learned from that so we ask that you bear with us as we don't want you to feel that serious frustration as it occurred before. Just trust that we have you, our players, best interest in mind when making these tough decisions!
Merry Christmas and we wish you the best in the new year,
SandMan Vice President of IT & Systems Management
P.S.: Keep VP Inkless Poet in your thoughts this holiday season as he has suffered a recent loss of a close friend. He will be resuming his normal duties when he is ready. And if any active developers would like to add to this as part of the holiday cheer, feel free to do so in the thread!!