...I think people have complained in other places that it feels (not is but feels) like PDX want and echo chamber here where we all clap when told to. Its not a good feeling as someone who has been listened to in the past and has played your games for 10+ years to be told to basically "play nice or dont play" At the end of the day we pay your wages.
I must say this segment here is brilliant btw. I think it captures the disappointment well. And as I have stated...it's not even THAT bad. I don't think personally that PDX screwed up royally (as a said Creative Assembly did in my prior comments). CK3's launch wasn't bad at all. They have done I believe two large patches since launch that fixed A TON of issues. Bravo, bravo indeed. So it's not a tremendous stumble. Rather...they've just been a bit odd, a bit...sluggish. I would simply, personally, like to see more interaction in the bug reports from PDX staff. I would like to see their "Known Bug List" or whatever it's called updated (it's from like October and hasn't been touched since). Updating that is a way of showing the community that even if you CAN'T address something right away, you are AWARE of it. I myself have posted twice with half a dozen examples of BUGGED LEVIES across all cultures, religions, and geographic locations in the game. One would THINK that something as important as the proper amount of levies (since the game is largely based on military conquest) would be a top priority fix that would be acknowledged. Instead, silence, and I am not alone on other large issues.
Leaving aside the question of DLC entirely, I simply think PDX needs to more regularly communicate and respond to bug reporters. And I DO get it. Some, perhaps many or even the majority, ARE CRAP. They aren't real problems, just noobs or people who missed something. I have done that once or twice. If the issue is clogged bug report forums, then clear out the crap, and tell the user why in a message. They need to start being more proactive and less huddled on the mountaintop while us peasants wait for Moses/Buddha whoever to speak to us. Being clear almost never hurts them...unless they are afraid that a huge, officially acknowledged bug list would make them look bad and turn off people from buying the game. If that is the case, then I would argue the opposite. Showing people that you will listen to their issues and acknowledge them publicly would instead MAKE ME INTERESTED in the game company. I think many others feel the same, and would see it as good behavior, not bad.