**Updated: 14th December 2016
Comment: Well, things didn't turn out as expected. Again. I'm terrible of estimating these release dates. Most of all I'm having trouble of estimating the amount of time I can spend developing new features. At the moment almost all of my time go to bug fixes (v1.1.8 hotfixes) and managing/supporting user issues.
To let you all know what's going on and what's planned for the future I'm going to share the current road map for the game in this topic. The road map is subject to change but here's what planned at the moment. Note that the road map only addresses new features, bug fixes will be done continuously.
v1.1.9 - Game analysis and tuning of the gaming AI (January 2017)
I've already begun this update a while ago. The update will include a more detailed game analysis after each to let the manager get more insights on how the team and players performed. This feature will also reveal blocked shots and puck possession stats (previously hidden). The UAT environment will get a prerelease pretty soon.
v1.2 - Farm/Affiliation teams (Q1 2017)
Comment: I will begin the development as soon as possible parallell to the v1.1.9 release.
Affiliation teams will be part of the already existing leagues AAHL and AAHL2 (American Affiliation Hockey Leagues) and will be controlled by the computer. All teams (GHL,SHL,BHL,IHL,LIHL) will be offered to create an affiliate team at AAHL2 level. GHL and SHL teams will also be offered to create an additional affiliate at AAHL level. Even though the affiliation teams will be computer controlled they will use the same tactics as the original team. This way assigned players will train and develop their skills according to the manager's preferences.
All contracted players with two-way contracts can be assigned to the affiliation teams, regardless of age. Salaries of players assigned to affiliation teams will also be lowered against the salary cap allowing more players on the roster.
But I'm also playing around with the idea to put players out for loan to be able to let them play for another team within the same competition, i.e an SHL team loaning a player to BHL level. If this is going to be included in the first release or not I'm not sure right now. It really comes down to the amount of time I can put in.
v1.2.1 - League and playoffs enhanced (Q2 2017)
I'm not happy with the current playoff experience. Much can be done here. I'm looking to add best of seven games in GHL playoffs. I also going to add more player achievements such as All star game, League awards and more.
v1.3 - Staff (??)
Yet again, I think this one will have to wait.
I've been planning to add this feature for a long long time. But other things always gets in the way. The hiring of staff will open up a new dimension to the game where coaches can give valuable details from each game, scouts to reveal opponents tactics or find players that suits the team's needs. I'm also looking to add more staff members like doctors to improve healing of injuries, agents to negotiate contracts, mental coaches to train player traits.
v1.4 - Live games (??)
I really would love to introduce live games, or at least viewable games. I'm a big fan of text based game engines (like in the early manager games) where you get comments of what's happening continuously throughout the game. I don't think you'll ever see this game with 3D rendered hockey players.
Questions or comments? Feel free to add to this topic.