This message was posted on this thread by Shanahan:
The question has been asked if we will get out another patch out before we ship. As I posted before, everyone on the team has been putting in 14-18 hour days for the last two months to finalize Generals, so the answer would be no.
Do we want a patch so you guys can see all the sweet enhancements we have put in?
Do we risk the ship date for the above?
Can we put in 24 hours days for this to happen?
Would be nice, but we are only human.
What does this mean?
Well, when we go to manufacturing on 1/20 it will be the time we close down the GMTP and get ready for the retail version.
We put out the MP test to give people a chance to play the game and send us feedback on features, balance, and problems that they found. Some of you think that nothing you posted here was read by the dev team or given second thought. Reading over these boards daily since the GMTP started, I have learned a few things:
1. No matter what you do, not everybody will be happy.
2. When you try to make the remaining people happy, it's still not good enough.
3. Those who understand the process support the Dev Team here at EAP even if they agree or disagree with what we have done. These people are going to experience a great game.
4. Those who don't get their way tend to assume, second guess, and give up. Unfortunatly, they are going to miss out on a great game.
Bottom line for the individual GMTP testers is:
Those who understand the process didn't need a acknowledgement from Ol' Shan saying "Hey Jimbob, great idea! thank's for the suggestion" for validation. Instead when they play the game and see something they submitted they will say "Sweet!, I sent a suggestion for that!"...that will be worth more than any message I could have posted.
Once again thank you to all who are participating and still posting, we will be making small changes until they pry the final code from our exhausted little hands
There ya have it folks. All you testers best keep on playing while ya can.
As for the status of the World Builder?
"Still working on getting it out, as soon as I know something I will let you know."