Elite Dangerous won't have offline mode
I read this last night and was like WTF, why would they do that? You can still have a online dynamic world to play in and also give solo players that don't care about that their version too. With E:D now stating that is will need a online connection to play, gamers now have a huge gripe in that the game becomes useless to the hardcore fan of the series when the servers close down. As we all know all to well that servers don't stay around forever... yeah they could leverage private servers that could fill the gap, but that shouldn't be the option since you still paid for a game with certain promises and expectations that you should be able to play it as intended today as well as 10, 20 or even 30 years from now with the same experience. People remember Elite because of that experience and you are taking huge part of that element away from people.
Frontier Developments has made a mistake in my opinion, without the loyal fanbase E:D wouldn't be getting made. You can probably ask the majority of people under 20 back in 2012 do they know what Elite is and have you played it you might have been hard pressed to find young players that played the original. So FD, you owe the veterans and the loyal fans this small feature to your game. Look at what Star Citizen is doing, they are creating Squadron 42 a single player experience that can played (hopefully) outside of the online only world of SC. So it is doable for FD to do this for the fans and I am sure the majority of fans would excuse any delays for this feature to occur.
SSC members what are your thoughts on this and are you going to the extreme and asking for your money back? Do you think this bad press of this news is going to effect your game and the features that ultimately get put in?