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Before i start, i have to say that i am a huge Braben fan, i spent many lunch times at school on the BBC micros loading up my 51/4 floppy disk copy of Elite and losing myself in the huge universe that he had created for us. I have followed the work since on other machines and still indulge in the original up to this day as it is still, to me, the ultimate vision.
My major concern to date on following this development to date is how it is going to move on and keep on developing after the initial release. As much as i love the concept and the history behind it and from what i have seen it looks like the quality is matching that vision, it is still only going to attract, in my humble opinion, a limited market and with no subscription after initial purchase, where is the revenue going to come from.
Of course there will be expansions to charge for which will bring some revenue in, but my real fear is that they go for micro transactions as a steady income and that would be a huge downward spiral for me. There is already talk i understand of allowing credit purchase with cash, but if that moves on to ship upgrades or even ships, where would it end.
Could all be a storm in a teacup on my end, but i care passionately about the 'Elite' name and would hate to see it disappear down that road. I would be interested to hear how others feel about the revenue structure for the game as there seems to be little information at the moment on that front.
It must be Thursday, i never could get the hang of Thursdays.