Elite: Dangerous Refunds Pre-Orders, Not Beta Players

Elite: Dangerous, a spacefaring MMO and strong contender for silliest colon use in video game history, is offering some a refund for dropping the promised offline mode.

According to Frontier Development’s recent newsletter, there are a few conditions to getting a refund:

Those who have pre-ordered an Elite: Dangerous release version from our online store and have therefore not yet played the game are eligible for a refund. Those who have already been playing the game online in the Alpha and/or Beta phases, regardless of whether they backed the project via Kickstarter or purchased access to Alpha and/or Beta through our online store, are not eligible for a refund.

Additionally, they will be contacting the players that do not fit the criteria above on a case-by-case basis to try and sort out any further issues.

Frontier Developments stresses that the move to cut the offline mode was purely a “creative decision,” in which an offline game world would be inconsistent with their design goals. The promised single-player mode is still alive and well, however. This mode will likewise be online-only, but will require a very “minimal network requirement.”

Elite: Dangerous is a successor to the 1984’s title Elite. They met their Kickstarter goal in January 2013. Chris Roberts’ ambitious return to the genre, Star Citizen and Squadron 42, have also found success on Kickstarter. The other, other space exploration game No Man’s Sky is due out in 2015.

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