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Post by Eorl @ 07:24pm 18/11/14 | 2 Comments
Sci-fi open-world sandbox Elite: Dangerous will not be supporting a previously promised offline mode when it launches next month, developer Frontier Developments announced in their latest newsletter.

Originally Elite: Dangerous was going to be available at launch with both an online and offline mode, allowing those with flaky or no Internet connection the chance to still live out their sci-fi sandbox lives. According to director David Braben, this is no longer the case due to limitations the offline mode would occur.

“Galaxy, story, missions, have to match, and it does mean the single player has to connect to the server from time to time, but this has the added advantage that everyone can participate in the activities that can happen in the galaxy,” he said.

“A fully offline experience would be unacceptably limited and static compared to the dynamic, ever unfolding experience we are delivering.

“Being online lets us constantly both curate and evolve the galaxy, with stories unfolding according to the actions of commanders. Exploration is also a key factor, too, and it is important that what a single player explores matches what other players explore whether single or multiplayer – a complex, coherent world – something we have achieved.”

As you would expect, fans are not exactly happy with the proposal to drop the offline mode, with a forum thread grossing more than 400 pages in length appearing directly after the announcement. Executive producer Michael Brookes took to the thread to try and explain their choice.

“The problem is that the galaxy mechanics all sit on the online servers,” he began.

“The data set and processes are huge and not something that would translate offline without considerable compromise to the vision. Trust me we didn’t sit down and think what would annoy people the most! It’s a choice we’ve had to make and so we’ve taken it.”

Were you anticipating the offline mode? Was that a deciding factor in pre-ordering the game? Let us know in the comments! Elite: Dangerous is scheduled for launch on December 15th for PC.

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Posted 10:07pm 18/11/14
As long as there is some way to just fly around and practice s*** in a consequence free environment then it's all good to me.
Posted 07:32pm 19/11/14
i didnt think it would that bigger a deal with nearly all games these days requiring a internet connection at some point to punish paying gamers with drm.
frontier are the first developers i know of that actually make a valid reason to have a connection.

you can play solo mode if you want so you will only encounter AI. tbh playing the beta for the last few months real players seem to be few and far between with how f*****g massive the universe is and i have only had a handful of people respond to text or comms chat in game.
such a awesome game though....just prepare for time to disappear if you get into it.

anyone here played it with the oculus yet? they need to hurry up and bring out the hd version
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