So, the response to Jin’s new support website has been lukewarm at best. I’ve heard several complaints from a bunch of people already.
“Jin’s turning DBC into a cash grab!”
“He would rather have us pay for cosmetic content than add anything meaningful!”
“DBC is dying.”
These are all in the span of a few hours since the post came up. I’ve seen people both defending and going after Jin and I am here to clear up things. First and foremost: DBC is NOT becoming Pay to play. Updates will still be released as often as Jin can manage it. Jin is using the support website so he can lift the ban on modpacks. He doesn’t ‘want’ money. He needs it to upkeep all the services required to run the sites and affiliated services.
Now the reason the Devblog has died, is, reluctantly, because of false promises. Most people take the ideas I put on the devblog to heart and Jin soon realizes that coding such things is a tremendous effort, and would take a lot of time away from developing anything else for the mod. This is why he respectfully asked me to stop making devblog posts about anything the two of us talk about so no one gets hype for something that may not release as a finished version. DBC is still getting updates
Lastly, there are still a LOT of plans in the future of DBC. To name the major ones:
The Space Update (Delayed because of me, sorry)
Finishing Fusion + Adding Potara Fusion
New Aura & Effects
Fighting Styles to add diversity
Dynamic, Branching Story that is different for Evil, Neutral, and Good players.
New Ki attack mechanism, completely redone.
Third and First Person animations for attacks (Including NC jutsu)
And ALL of this is 100% free. You will not be paying for any updates period.
Where have YOU been Crim?
To put it simply, I’ve been both lazy and busy. I am unemployed and trying to get out there as a writer. I’ve been on several failed game development team projects that usually got no further than planning. As well as doing some basic things for my parents who are getting too old to really take care of themselves anymore, I find myself wanting to do nothing but relax in my freetime, which is why both the textures for the space update, and the revamped Story system remain unfinished despite me starting work on them nearly a year ago (two years in spaces case).
You say there will be a lot of major updates, but when?
When is Jins least favorite question. Coding isn’t so simple as slapping a release date down. There are bugs, crashes, problems caused by newer updates that take a while to root out. Jin has often gone days without sleep just to keep an update on schedule, only to end up missing it anyway because it was more complex than he thought. To put it frankly: we are doing things in Minecraft that Minecraft really doesn’t want to do. Remember, it is far harder to make a complex mod for someone else’s game than to make your own.
What update can we expect next?
Can’t say really. Jin is experimenting around, and as long as I have people messaging me over Discord to motivate me I will probably get off my lazy butt and work on Space & Story in my freetime, maybe finishing them together so we can have a humongous update in the future.
Will Jin really remove his ban on modpacks?
The only reason this was here in the first place was to keep Jin earning a slight bit of money from his mods. Adfly or Shortest doesnt seem to work these days because of the modpacks taking all the traffic, but clearly represent how the download decreased by 80% compared to 2 years ago, when the modpaks began to spread. With modpacks, there is no reason to visit Jins site. He since then uses adsense ads for a majority of his revenue, and still that aswell doesnt increase, but actually decreases and its very instable source. Without it, he would earn little to nothing for a month of sleepless nights working on an update. If the support site is a success, Jin guarantees the ban on modpacks will be lifted 100%, and they will no longer have to pay him to use the modpack.
If Jin is having such trouble pushing updates out, why won’t he ask for help?
I’ve tried to push him to get help from other people! However I remain, as of now, the only Dev on the team, and I do no work related to coding (aside from the mission system which still spins my head). I have gone to people in the community who have showed interest in helping, modelers like dragomatic and Jess, but Jin has simply stated that he just doesn’t want the help. There are a lot of nightmare stories of people going onto popular mods and using the development team, inserting malware, stealing code, exploiting money from the community saying they are ‘donations’. Jin has worked so many years on DBC that the thought of losing it because he trusted the wrong person probably keeps him up at night. Don’t be too hard on him, it’s his choice, and if you can convince him otherwise, by all means please do.
As always, this is Crimson, thank you all for being around for this mod after all these long years. If you have any questions that weren’t answered by the FAQ, please feel free to message me on discord (Crimsonpants on the official Jingames discord), or comment it here.