Braben admits the pricing of the Elite: Dangerous alpha and beta looks “a bit bad”
David Braben, boss of Frontier and co-creator of Elite has been talking about their controversial pricing structure for Elite: Dangerous's alpha and beta access.
The game costs just 35 GBP to pre-order but access to the alpha which is not long finished cost 200 GBP and the premium beta access for the current phase of testing costs 100 GBP.
Braben defended the pricing structure saying, "We've taken flak for it. We've planned it this way for sound reasons, and part of that is going towards backing the game. We don't have a publisher here. That backing helps financially.”
"But the important thing for the alpha is, for it to be a genuine alpha, we didn't want huge numbers,” he went on. “Maybe we shouldn't have restricted it by price but it seemed like a logical thing to do. It seemed like a fair thing to do.”
"We could have thought more carefully about that,” he conceded. “It looks like a terribly capitalist way of doing it. That's the trouble. I mean it in the nicest possible way. It's when you think about it you think, oh yes, that does look a bit bad. But it's because what we've got is a group of people who really care about it. And that's been so helpful.”
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