Originally Posted by prjindigo
This is where a lot of people think it be, and it don't be this.
There were two funding sources, one from kickstarter and the other from RSI's own website. The "18 month" pledge applied only to the kickstarter site in the first place. Secondly the original scope of the game was altered and at that time people were told if they didn't want to be with these alterations of scope and quality, they could request a refund.
Refunds were offered every time the scale and scope changed in a major way, CiG has been open about this process for a long time. What originally started as a "pew pew" flight game like the original Wing Commander became a full first-person experience with boarding, component damage, shielding types and generators, exploration, industry and an extended single player campaign with live action recorded scenes.
And every time there was a major change a refund was offered. Recently CIG had to alter the refund status because they HAVE delivered space combat in both single and multiple person ships as well as on foot and in EVA flight. They've altered Cryengine beyond the scope of the industry's dreams to support billion kilometer star systems and have upgraded twice.
CiG is not responsible for that person spending $3000.00 on ships and pledges and it is simpler for them to let the idiot have the cash back than it is to waste development funds fighting such childish actions.
Your use of the term "vaporware" belies the fact that we've had more than 100 patches across five revisions of the game and individual gameplay locations have been made that have more detail than most "tripple-A" games have in their entirety. CiG has already delivered more work to us than the original game would ever have had when fully complete.
Was the $3k still his? Technically no, if he spent $3k then he didn't do it through kickstarter he did it through CiG's website and LIKELY did it to try to pay-to-win by having "bigger better ships" without reading the design document that indicated such ships would need multiple live players. Is CiG playing stupid games to try to defraud people? NO
, they've followed the Kickstarter rules better than most the companies out there. They've GIVEN refunds on an epic scale and survived several major internet campaigns to crush their development as a company. They've already refunded more than 10x the original kickstarter's goals and have reached out over and over to deal with the refund pledge they made in the kickstarter campaign.
We see this whole huge Derek Smart campaign of false accusations of fraud and collapse a couple times a year as people try to attack CiG as some kind of demonic monster.
This is a free-to-fly weekend with version 2.4.1 available to anybody who logs in and can download the 30 gigabyte vaporware groundbreaking 64bit crysis based fully physicalized space and ground combat and exploration game
that is currently in a very limited Alpha development environment. You cannot simply 'jump in' and comprehend all the features that currently exist. Before you do the download, read up on what's going on, what they want to do and what they've already done.
We've had "Arena Commander" for two years now. We've had an explorable "planet side" environment for most of a year and have had a multiplayer free flight with about 40 things to do for 3/4 of a year. These full detail environments have been updated and changed on a regular basis to meet the needs of coding and access.