Demigod has been out for couple months now and not without a fair share of problems. After the initial release the game was met with massive online stability issues thanks to the insane percentage of people who pirated it. Apparently out of the 140,000 users only 18,000 were actually legit. But it turns out piracy was just a temporary issue when it came to Demigod’s problems — the game has suffered from a variety of online related issues which were a result of poorly tested net code. To their credit, they re-wrote the entire net code to address the more problematic issues, but some headaches still remain.
Stardock’s own Brad Wardell expressed his frustrations on the Demigod forums: “The game deserves a bad rep IMO. My frustration is too great for words with some of the stuff I’ve seen… I know it’s a lot lot LOT better now. But still, I just played a pantheon game tonight and first, it took like 3 or 4 minutes to find a game, then one of the players got dropped so I ended up in a 2 on 1 match. It’s just ridiculously frustrating.”
Not to be deterred by the smoldering remains of their own game, Stardock found time to make an ironic criticizm about Windows Vista and how gamers should upgrade to Windows 7 asap. Gamasutra talked with Wardell where he critizied Microsoft for releasing Vista too early before drivers were ready and before performance issues could be addressed. Releasing a product too early, boy that sounds familiar. Unfortunately for gamers Windows 7 isn’t officially out yet so upgrading asap is going to have to wait until October.