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I’m having a hard time not feeling annoyed at David Braben, and I don’t really understand why. I’ve wanted an Elite sequel for many years, and I still play Frontier: Elite II from time to time. The only reason I can think of? Bad timing.

David Braben has let us down so many times; he is a clear example of how developers should never mention things they aren’t sure about. He said he was working on Elite IV long before The Outsider (which never got released), after The Outsider, for a span of at least 10 years we were told it was coming… He said internet technology wasn’t right? Well, what’s the difference between the ‘internet technology’ of 2012 and the internet technology of a few years ago, REALLY?

Then suddenly Chris Roberts pops up (having not said anything), announces Star Citizen, gets really good crowd funding and then, all of a sudden, David Braben makes the decision to do something. As a fan of the Elite games, it left me feeling a little cold towards Braben’s announcement.

I’m also quite uneasy at the fact that Braben has a bad track record, he has false started this project before, and he’s showing the people giving him money absolutely no in-game technology. Nobody else really gets away with that, why is he?

I haven’t yet pledged anything for Elite: Dangerous, but I did it immediately for Star Citizen. Chris Roberts showed us exactly what we were giving money to, we were funding that software, not our dreams… With the info currently released, I am concerned this won’t be the game most of us wanted, but I’ve still only seen a few technology previews, concept art, and some renders: That’s not enough for me to part with my money, or to know what type of game it will be.

Links:
Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter page.

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