Founder and creator of the Elite series' David Braben has revealed in a recent interview with The New Yorker that while he knew that Earth was surrounded by space dust, it wasn't until his team begun recreating the Milky Way in Elite: Dangerous that he realised just how much debris is floating in the vacuum of space.
Our night sky is based on real data — it is not a hand-drawn backdrop as you might expect," Braben told The New Yorker
. "But the Milky Way and many of the stars around it are simply too bright and too uniform when compared to the real observable night sky."
Braben and his team strive on re-creating the galaxy mappings as accurately as possible, even going so far as to ensure the game's visible universe is based on astronomical models of the real night sky. Sadly though, some tweaking was in order to clear up the night sky, though just how much surprised the developer.
"It appears as though our planet actually sits within that dust cloud, which is why the Milky Way appears so faint," he said. You can find the game in action below from the E3 2014 trailer, but be warned, it looks gorgeous.