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For the Elite: Dangerous fans!

Things are starting to roll a Frontier Development, I think.

[URL=""]At last a work in progress video of Elite: Dangerous.[/URL] :cool:

A nice way to start a weekend. Carry on.


  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    And there are already [URL=""]modded versions of the clip above (1)[/URL] with [URL=""]different soundtracks (2)[/URL]. :D

    Unbelievable! What will they think of next? Fans...
  • ShadowDancerShadowDancer When I say, "Why aye, gadgie," in my heart I say, "Och aye, laddie." London, UK
    Looks nice! :)
  • WORFWORF The Burninator
    It's good to finally get to see some of the game. It was a bit discouraging when the Kickstarter began and there was nothing but text.
  • Never played any of the Elites, but I do enjoy the X series. The density and size of the asteroid field int his clip is rather impressive.

    Deffinitly need a new joystick.
  • WORFWORF The Burninator
    Fans have updated Frontier: Elite 2 and Frontier First Encounters to have improved graphics and work on modern systems.


    [URL=""]First Encounters D3D[/URL]

    Never could get into Elite though, I think it had aged far too much by the time I heard of it (which was when Elite 2 was released)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    I had a blast playing FE2 as a teenager and I enjoyed it more than I dare to admit despite the poor visuals. Your own imagination filled in the blanks, very much like what happens when you read a book. You had to be there to understand. ;)

    We've passed £590,000 and we can reasonably expect to reach the 50% point some time this week. Some have said that David Braben could show a bit more excitement in his own video dev diaries, but he's not that kind of person. What some people don't get, it takes a special mind set to become a programmer. The extroverted kind like Chris Roberts are the exception, not the rule. DB is excited about the game alright and so are the current and future backers of the project. I may even pledge more as we approach the deadline. :)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    We've passed 13,000 backers and we've reached £600,000 pledged of the £1,250,000 goal and have 38 days out of 60 to go. Not bad at all. £25,000 more and we've reached the 50% mark... or the point of no return!! :)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    Alrighty then. We have crossed the point of no return! It's now closer to get to our goal than return home. :D

    With 13,479 Backers £627,454 pledged of £1,250,000 goal and 35 days to go.

    [URL=""]Another development diary video entry from the man himself.[/URL]

    I certainly look forward to a much more dynamic universe. I like where this is going. :)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    We now have 14,005 Backers, £650,380 pledged of the £1,250,000 goal with 32 days to go.

    Push!! Push!! :D

    And here's the [URL=""]first part of an interview with both David Braben and Chris Roberts by Gary Whitta[/URL] (former PC GAMER magazine editor turned movie writer).

    Edit: [URL=""]Here's the second part of the interview.[/URL]

    Updated Stats: 14,722 Backers, £680,243 pledged of £1,250,000 goal, 28 days to go (54.42% reached, 46.66% time left) It's going to be close at the current pledging rate.
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    [URL=""]A new concept art wallpaper on the FD website[/URL] seems to indicate that you will be able to leave your ship. :cool:

    The developers have to striker a precarious balance between getting people on-board and biting more off than they can chew. :D

    The Elite series always inspired more than anything else and I'm pretty sure it's not going to be any different now.
  • WORFWORF The Burninator
    I notice a few ship designs from the Frontier games have made it into that concept art too :)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    As far as I know, all the ships named after snakes will return. :)

    [URL=""]Here's a view of the KS stats for the project.[/URL] While it looks like it may not make it, I'm confident that those who pledged so far will gladly chip in a bit more just to get it done.
  • WORFWORF The Burninator
    I'm seeing the Eagle Long Range Fighter in that concept art too :)

    I do hope this one makes it, especially after watching some of the joint interview with Braben and Roberts earlier.
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    Things are looking up. :)

    [URL=""]Here's Dev Diary #3 with some code monkeys playing their own game.[/URL] :D

    I may actually consider pledging more just to get into beta (or even alpha) testing. :cool:
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    Updated Stats: 15,609 Backers, £725,680 pledged of £1,250,000 goal, 22 days to go (58.05% reached, 38.33% time left).

    While pledging continues at a nice pace, it's still not quite at a comfortable level. At least it won't be overshooting its intended goal by too much.

    The good news is, if the remaining £524,320 had to be split by the current backers, this would mean an additional pledge of £33.59 per person, which isn't too bad. ;)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    Updated Stats: 15,819 Backers, £752,926 pledged of £1,250,000 goal, 20 days to go (60.23% reached, 33.33% time left).

    Theory: At current pledge rate average of about (£750,000 / 40) £18,750/day, FD will have (£18,750 * 60 days) £1,125,000 and thus be £125,000 short of the set goal, it would have taken another week on KS to reach the goal. As far as I understand how KS works, your goal has to be reached, otherwise you won't get a dime. It took 40 days to get 15,800 backers, that's about 400 a day. At average backing rate there should be about 24,000 people backing the project. The missing £125,000 if split up among those 24,000 people would mean an additional £5.21 each backer would have to pledge to push the project over the edge.

    Since the reality of human interactions is a lot more complicated, anything is possible.
  • WORFWORF The Burninator
    My understanding is a lot of Kickstarter projects pick up speed toward the end.

    I think they made a big mistake at the beginning by having nothing to show about the game. It's only as the campaign progressed did they actually start showing prototype videos, concept art etc. That probably hurt them a great deal.

    If they do make it to the goal, it will be only just.
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    As far as I understand it, the KS platform was not open to the UK until very recently and seeing how Star Citizen fared, DB took this as a sign that the appropriate time to jump in had come, knowing full well that they were not prepared. It took Chris Roberts (and his initial team) about a year to create the assets for the footage that we saw on day one.

    As far as I can see, the current ED backers are starting to significantly increase their pledges as more and more details come to light. I will do so as well because this game is part of what I grew up with and I think it would be a real shame if current generations would not get to experience this amazing space sim.

    I bought less than a handful of games this year, so I don't mind chipping in more cash into this one. I'd go for the all-digital offering, but that only goes so far and then they make you purchase the goodies and shipping which is something I could really do without. I hope they'll fix this soon.

    Edit: 15,994 Backers, £775,163 pledged of £1,250,000 goal, 19 days to go. (62.01% reached, 31.66% time left)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    And just when you thought it couldn't get more troublesome, there's been news that [URL=""]Frontier Development had to lay off 14 of its 233 staffers (-6%)[/URL], the week before Christmas. :( While there is no good time to get laid off, it always is the worst this time of the year.

    While I'm sure it will help to keep more people working at the company, the success of the whole KS project has just gotten a lot more important right about now.

    Currently 16,088 Backers, £783,178 pledged of £1,250,000 goal, 18 days to go. (62.65% reached, 30% time left)
  • WORFWORF The Burninator
    Looking at some of the comments that story has been getting, I think they just doomed the kickstarter. Since the story broke, there's been a huge drop in pledges.

    Firing people just before Christmas is morally objectionable and there's no reason they couldn't have kept those people on until the new year. It's not like they would have started work on the game before than anyway. Not that seems that will be an issue now.

    They could have just about made it before but now it seems Frontier First Encounters will be the last Elite game.
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    The daily average was about £12,500. It's roughly £8,000 today. So we are definitely not matching the previous rate. The news did have a negative effect, as was to be expected. Who in his right mind would have done that, really a poor timing. It seems to me that many are holding a wait and see stance towards the project, because the next weeks and days will be critical. I haven't increased my pledge yet, but I'll stick to this until the end on January 4th. If we don't make it, we at least don't loose any money. I'd still want to get this game made though.

    Currently: 16,177 Backers, £791,205 pledged of £1,250,000 goal, 17 days to go. (63.30% reached, 28.33% time left)

    In other KS news: [URL=""]GODUS[/URL] has 12,163 Backers, £380,756 pledged of £450,000 goal 71 hours to go. (84.61% reached, 9.54% time left)

    The GODUS project is also an interesting case study as far as it may indicate what chances ED has. The GODUS KS campaign ran half as long and was capital wise less ambitious and it still looks like it might not make it.
  • WORFWORF The Burninator
    Don't get me wrong, I want to see and play Elite Dangerous, it just doesn't seem likely at this stage.

    However, you do have to admire Chris Roberts for making this [URL=""]post[/URL] :)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    It's not a secret, I think all B5 fans want more space sims. :) What some have criticized DB for is that he was putting too much faith into the nostalgia of the original games, and not enough effort into what he has done so far for the new release until the KS was several weeks into its run. Concept art only goes so far. While he put up a few videos soon after, it all seems too little too late. Again, people who discover the KS don't know that FD did all this without much preparation.

    CR told us early on that he pledged £300 (as Design Decision Pledger) towards ED (not to mention the interview clips). So he showed a lot of support already and it's nice to see that he is firmly behind this project as well.

    EDIT: ED Status: 16,650 Backers, £815,296 pledged of £1,250,000 goal 16 days to go. (65.22% reached, 26.66% time left)

    GODUS Status: 14,488 Backers, £449,438 pledged of £450,000 goal 45 hours to go. (!!)

    Looks like CR's open letter did have an effect. Cool!! :D

    [URL=""]New ED Teaser Trailer!!![/URL]
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    GODUS is funded!!! :)

    EDIT: ED Status: 16,924 Backers, £836,408 pledged of £1,250,000 goal, 15 days to go. (66.91% reached, 25% time left)

    We have officially passed the 2/3 mark on the ED KS [I]marathon.[/I] :)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    ED Status: 17,068 Backers, £862,337 pledged of £1,250,000 goal, 14 days to go. (68.99% reached, 23.33% time left)

    After demanding an ALL digital pledge level that includes everything (game, DLC's and PDF of book) except the physical goodies, 156 backers have already pledged at the £80 level. It has taken some serious bickering but they listened and it did get some people to jump on or increase their lower pledge (including myself). ;) I'm expecting this number to rise significantly.

    This pledge level also gets you in the second round of beta testing, which is good enough for me. I don't want to pay more for what is still just a video game. :D
    New ED video called Scavenger Hunt. Looks very very nice indeed!![/URL] :cool:

    Edit: ED Status: 17,261 Backers, £875,010 pledged of £1,250,000 goal, 13 days to go. (70.00% reached, 21.66% time left) (199 backers at the £80 All-Digital pledge level)
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    [h=5]Looks like we lost a couple posts in during the forum upgrade procedure. :(

    Limit Theory's awesome KS run is over and it got all but the last stretch goal funded. Sweet! ;)

    ED Status: 17,425 Backers, £895,370 pledged of £1,250,000 goal 12 days to go. (71.63% reached, 20% time left)[/h]
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    Looks like we lost a couple posts in during the forum upgrade procedure. :(

    Limit Theory's awesome KS run is over and it got all but the last stretch goal funded. Sweet! :)

    ED Status: 17,425 Backers, £895,370 pledged of £1,250,000 goal 12 days to go. (71.63% reached, 20% time left)

    Edit: We've crossed £900,000!! Which means, if the current backers had to pledge for the project today, each one would have to increase their current pledge by £20.00. :) (£1,250,000 - £900,774 = £349,226 / 17,457 backers = £20.00)

    Seriously, the EDIT feature is FUBAR. This is going to get interesting.
  • ShadowDancerShadowDancer When I say, "Why aye, gadgie," in my heart I say, "Och aye, laddie." London, UK
    Or your posts are just rubbish to begin with :p

    Sorry, couldn't resist! :D
  • ShadowDancerShadowDancer When I say, "Why aye, gadgie," in my heart I say, "Och aye, laddie." London, UK
    I gave in and upgraded my pledge by £15. Some of the new material has whetted my appetite, and I suspect it might just scrape over now! Plus my pay packet just came in with a bit more than I was expecting :D
  • WORFWORF The Burninator
    Just upgraded mine too, starting to feel a bit more optimistic about it being successful too.
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