July 8th, 2014
We've got big news! Our progress is now planned from this point and up to the release, which comes by the end of summer!
Now, read on to know what's up, but first we'd like to say this.
All this is possible only with your continued support. It's with your letters, your ideas and your participation that this project is possible.
We want to express our gratitude and respect to the people who've bought Elite accounts. We understand that you're not paying for the game that is not out yet — you're investing in us as developers. You put your money where your hopes are, and for that we're very, very grateful. We're excited that we conceived something that caught and kept your interest — and we'll do our best to please you. Thank you.
We stop selling Elite accounts as of right now. Everyone who's bought an Elite account gets an Elite bonus — it's all the enhancements and customization options that are available in the game. It's available right now and you get it right now. What's even more important is that those gifts will stay with you forever — we'll never take them away from you whatever happens! Pinky promise if you don't trust us yet.
Those who do not have Elite accounts are in no way less precious to us, and to show it, we fulfill what we've promised — with the same update, all game ships become available to all players. You wanted it — here it comes. Can you imagine it? EVERY ship! That's not only those ships that are in the game right now — that's every ship that we're building, every ship we're planning for release. So you will be able to pick and choose your vessels, and with them — your combat roles.
Now let's talk our other promise — coming out of Early Access. We plan on doing it by the end of summer, and we want you to be prepared for that.
Do you like surprises? Well, not everyone does. But we know what EVERYONE loves — it's rare content! Have you ever had, say, a rare signed copy of something? So that you could keep it on your shelf and boast that only a hundred people in the world possess similar items? Well, we haven't found a way to sign your digital copies of the game JUST YET (we're trying!), but we plan on giving you something as rare. And at the same time well-done — have you ever had something both rare and well-done? You will now!
Enough chatter. Here it comes.
Now you can buy a Pioneer Edition of our game.
We know it sounds fancy — we want you to feel special. With Pioneer Edition you'll fare as far into space as you can imagine. And there you'll find something to your liking.
As of now, Pioneer Edition costs a humble amount of money and consists only of a promise of things to come. It's not just a donation to keep the developers going (although we need it) — we're giving something in return, and something of sufficient value. Think of it as of a limited pre-order copy of the game. In the coming months we'll release not one, not two, but THREE special spaceships that will be available only to those who are Pioneers.
Think about it — something only few people will ever have, instantly recognizable and memorable.
Here's the thing — the more you know of what you're buying, the more expensive it will be for you. Right now, when you haven't seen any of the vessels yet, the Pioneer edition is cheap. In two weeks (yes, THAT soon!), when the first ship will be revealed, the price will go up a notch. And when there'll be two ships known and one still hidden, the price will go up again.
So get your Pioneer Edition now and partake of the mysteries of space! Or get it later and know what you're buying. Either way, you'll know you helped to get our work done. And through game release and forever on, you'll be remembered as a Pioneer!
And yes, we'll make special nadges, regalia and stuff. And yes, you awesome guys who've bought Elite Accounts, we'll make some equally luxurious stuff for you too. We'll never forget you. You're our best pals.
- Get a Pioneer Edition and you'll get three special ships in the coming months.
- Those ships won't be available to anyone else before or after release.
- The price goes up a teensy bit every time a new special ship is revealed. So you can either trust us with a surprise or see the whole deal before buying, it's up to you.
- We appreciate every penny you spend on supporting the developers and put it all into bringing the game to the Release as soon as possible.
Full disclosure, we're not selling you a "extra-powerful" ship — not now, not later, not ever. The limited offers are going to be balanced with all the other ships and will not give you any cheap victories — except if you're preternaturally good with a specific combat role. Everything must be fair in space battles. Which doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to look cooler than everyone else.
That said, the game is still freely available to everyone — because space belongs to everyone! Remember, every game ship is now in your hands.
And immediately, immediately tell us what you think of our idea. We want to hear from each and every one of you!