Well, I've read through their recent command chair posts, and what they proposed sounds interesting. Attack/Defend mode is going to rely around defending your base's primary systems such as generator and communications array (sounds a lot like Tribes: Ascend, which is a lot of fun) and you'll get to choose where the turrets go. It's just... the progress they've made has me thinking they've been on a 4 month vacation and are just now getting back to the office and dusting off their project and going 'oh **** we blew all our dev money on hookers and cocaine, quick, ANOTHER SALE!'.
I mean seriously, how bullheaded do you have to be to completely miss the fact that your client base is really upset that you don't even seem to have an engineering team and appear to be spending 99% of your money making more sale packages? What the **** are they paying Niko Snow for? To tell them they're the greatest dev team in the world and that nothing's wrong and the 20+ pages of rage and/or ragequit are 'a minor issue'?
It seriously feels as if they've stopped development altogether and are riding the wreckage as far as they can. Unless they deliver a frakking trueborn unicorn on Tuesday, I can draw no other conclusions.
EDIT: And seriously? After 5 months of saying 'new game modes and clans are just around the corner,' the best they can do is 'uhhh... Skirmish and Attack/Defend!' You have an entire franchise of battles and battle types to draw from and the only thing you can think to do is remove the bases from Assault mode and add a base attack mode? Why the **** not add a Clan Invasion mode, where a company of IS mechs is pitted against a binary of Clan mechs? Or what the ****, do a goddamn Trial of Possession, where players can bid mechs, C-Bills and equipment?
They've had 4 months and all they've got are two gamemodes that have been the staple of other free-to-plays for ages.
DOUBLE EDIT: Holy ****. I just checked the Clan Collection feedback thread once more. 196 pages. 196 PAGES in two days. 'A small, vocal minority' indeed. I don't think a unicorn will be enough. They're going to need the miracle power of cyberjesus if they want to survive this.