Elite: Dangerous floats into orbit on December 16, with Fronter Developments only just announcing today that they are dropping the promised offline mode, something they promised with its Kickstarter all the way back in December 2012.
CEO of Fronter Developments, David Braben, explains: "A fully offline experience would be unacceptably limited and static compared to the dynamic, ever unfolding experience we are delivering". Elite: Dangerous' offline mode would've allowed gamers to play the game, without needing to be connected to the server, and the game's persistent online universe.
Some backers aren't happy with the news, taking to the forums to show their displeasure. Executive Producer on the game, Michael Brookes, siad that "the galaxy mechanics" that the game uses are all on Elite: Dangerous' online servers, and that "The data set and processes are huge and not something that would translate offline without considerable compromise to the vision".