It's literally a few lines of code, took minutes to throw it in there, already exists, the countdown is ALREADY THERE, and the hud designer just threw in a callback that counts down and expires on release day... nothing special - lots of people will have the game before it comes out. Not just early pre-order people, but also much earlier there will be many large investors, friends, company colleagues - it's simply not for us, it's for the people who play it before us - that's what it is. You are not in the club. LOL.
It is only intended to be seen 3 to 7 days prior to launch by players like us, and by reviewers who will have the game in their hands 14 to 28 days prior to their release reviews, let alone any others. Do you think Rockstar, the producers, lazlow, lots of affiliated people working on high levels of producer roles in the game are waiting to play til Sept 17? Strauss Zelnick and his family and friends are waiting until September 17? lol no.
I will laugh when gameplay screens start coming out "x days + 14 days (2 weeks) work toward prepping and getting those and new videos to you. Screens with days+7 and vids with days+14. lol. Because those are believable ranges for the assignments of making videos or working out a set of screens that is favorable to the promotion.
14 days old footage in that video. because it was recorded and 2 weeks were spent getting it ready. Someone recorded vocals while someone else was editing video while someone else was watching over it, and probably got it handed in earlier, re-edited a few times, went through some other hands, and was still done early for the day it actually released.
Seriously, it's a freaking countdown.
Again, it is not really intended to be seen with such a high time, but it's a normal feature in the "operating systems" and that's just the way it works, it gets told to "lock this until such day", many companies have done it before. It's a bit more complicated than that, but 90% of it is already there for them to expose.
Don't pull your hair out over this guys, there's just a bunch of people who this is their first ever game they've seen take forward care of their multiplayer efforts. It's really only a handful of big games that have done it like this, where people have seen it and all, but usually people don't see it, and you wouldn't save for those little parts of the vid, we can't really be surprised that spme people don't recognize immediately what that is, but they are probably not very knowledgeable in terms of gaming in general anyway.
It is very surprising at how many people still do not understand very clearly when they look at that image that the choices you can make are color, choices you cannot are grayed, and a choice that will NOT work until the system clock is valid at september 17th to their own live clock will it work - that's all it is.
15 pages. For a multiplayer unlock counter. It's hilarious almost, if it wasn't sort of sad as well.
Edited by brian., 21 July 2013 - 06:53 AM.