Nobody ( or nobody should ) is after the team for not doing amazing work, as they have clearly done lots of work on the steadfast ranger update. Buuuuut we are nearing the end of the current console generation, you have to remember some of your users do not play The Long Dark on PC, but on consoles. With next generation of consoles approaching fast, that will move focus from current gen games to next gen games. As I mentioned in my post, luckily we have backward compatibility, but still next gen games will have a lot more focus and attention. Also when moving from current gen to next gen, their will be an performance and quality improvement going to next gen, it can sometimes be hard to go back to "older" games because of these things.
I know your stance on not giving a date, but to be frank it's getting a bit hard to recommend your game to friends, when you have no idea when the next episode is out, and history has shown it's impossible to predict it. I tried, but when people hear the story is not even half done and with no idea when the next episode lands, it turns people away from it. I'm not saying give an exact date, but maybe just a year
That's my take on it, whatever you do or don't do, keep up the good work and thanks for replying.