Originally Posted by Darathor
Getting MMORTS mode right is pretty much the most important thing you guys will and/or should do. More people will play mmorts mode than people who will use the editor enough to find a bug or two, the editor can easily be fixed after the game in a patch, with little or no harm done to the game's reputation. If mmorts mode is done wrong then everyone who doesn't like it will go crazy about how bad it is and the game will be surrounded by thoughts of it's problems.
Editor bugs are usually trivial, any real changes are usually fan made extensions. Remember, the developers use the same editor. They've found most of the bugs by now for that I imagine. As Darvin said, we would want the more capable modders to have the editor so we can have a few quality scenarios shortly after release, unless they do end up just hiring all the capable modders as interns temporarily. Then they wouldn't need to worry about releasing the editor, those that should have it already would.