Elite: Dangerous has sold 825,000 copies

The good news for Elite: Dangerous fans is that the latest financial report for Frontier Developments is available, and the game appears to have done fairly well for itself. Cash balances are up, profits are up, and revenue is up. The report also states unequivocally that 825,000 copies of the game have been sold, accounting for 84% of the company’s earnings between those sales and associated merchandise.

The bad news is… well, there isn’t any.

Statements within the financial report indicate that the studio is continuing to transition from work-for-hire development of titles to self-published games, with the second franchise for the studio currently in development along with the Elite: Dangerous expansion. It’s a rosy outlook for the year, and it certainly appears at a glance as if we can mark this particular story in the “success” category.

Source: Investegate via Reddit; thanks to Cotic for the tip!
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Frankminer Damonvile Belcross What they are adding in the future does not have anything to do with how bland it is right now.

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Damonvile Belcross

Belcross, Damonvile isn’t wrong. It’s a game which you can nibble at in very very small mouthfuls. It’s even possible to avoid the difficult docking procedure of the 2001-esque wheel stations. There are gravity-free outposts littered throughout the Galaxy.

You will get better as you play. I got better when I played, and that’s saying something! As you get better, you can start digesting larger and larger chunks of challenge. Just bear in mind that the Elite Galaxy is full of challenges for all levels of players and you should watch out that you don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Where Damonvile is mistaken is in saying that Elite is bland. The developers are adding more and more flavours to the game just about every month, and at the end of the year they are bringing a whole new course to the table.

Defector1980
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Where does Lord of Bread fit into that.

Defector1980
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Defector1980

Are you one of the hosts of Lave Radio?

Kass40
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Good on them, though I really should make more effort to log in and play. Got it in the STEAM summer sale, Not been able to get into it as much as I hoped but really need to make more effort. It’s NOT a bad game by any means, far from it.

I really do hope the game continues to do well.

Kataq
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Kataq

PhoenixDfire LordOfBread Cotic_OP I wish you the best of luck with your request Phoenix, but the sad reality is that LoB has been trolling ED comment sections for many months. I suspect he’ll keep doing it till SC’s release. At least I hope that’s when he’ll finally stop.

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Rustybladez You’ve got the ED community so wrong. You are forgetting the fact that *MOST* E:D backers have also backed SC to some degree and they want *Both* to succeed. However, within every community there are those that are a little bit partisan than most but they don’t represent the Community as a whole. Please remember that before generalised every Elite player a ‘fanboi’

Every time someone has asked about Planetary landings it’s been mentioned as DLC. These days DLC is almost always paid for as an extra and that’s the assumption that most people have made. (Although I wish that Frontier  had put PAID expansion whenever anyone had talked about it, just to make it clearer).

Frontier did offer Refunds but they had go through a long winded process to evaluate if there was a genuine reason (i.e no internet or horrendous internet restrictions) and not one of those who said ‘Oh, I’ll get a refund of My Beta and just buy the game again much cheaper.’ (You can get a refund on steam without a problem) . Personally, I wish they had given everyone a refund who wanted one and then banned them from the game for a year to avoid that but it was their call.

Most ED streamers who have been doing this longest were alpha backers (A lot more expensive than your $80)  so they were never ‘gifted’ their copies to promote it.

The difference between SC and Elite is that you can play in the sandbox galaxy at the moment, whilst you can play arena, races and talk to other people round a space station in SC. Now, I’m under the impression (and I’ll probably be corrected if I’m wrong) that SC is aiming to get most of the modules to come together at the same time, while Elite: Dangerous is constantly adding to the core game, which they quite clear in their Kickstarter. 

As far as the expansion pricing is concerned, from what I understand, there will be a new expansion pack every year for the next few years and Frontier have a ten year plan. So if that would be at least £300 if you bought them individually or £120 for the lifetime expansion pack. You might consider it a yearly sub if you like. Personally, I would have liked to see a bit more of a discount for existing players without the LEP but based on how much play time people get out of it first version

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Rustybladez Not entirely true, it was clear that planetary landings will be a paid expansion. But overall I agree.
The nickel/dime policy sucks. Asking money for basic features other games have at launch? Only Frontier gets away with that.

I just wonder how often they´ll charge for said planetary landings, because the so called planet coming in December will be an empty airless desert with a few POIs, which is basically a bigger asteroid which has already been in the game the entire year. WIth that, the planet landing box is ticked off. On to the next feature “season”.
(ಠ_ಠ)_%

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Rustybladez 
Which has what to do with the topic on hand?

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LordOfBread 
Are you stupid? I know there were complaints. I posted a fucking link
showing you there were complaints when you were denying there were
any…. and now you’re trying to say that you knew there were complaints
and I didn’t, WTF…

You were bitching and whining long, long
before Elite was released, always griping about them. Massively started
reporting on them from when the KS was a thing and your puling probably started the very same day “Ooh they’re copying this, ooh they’re copying that waah waah waah”

Yes,
your bloody M.O. every single time your conversations devolve into the
irrational ranting and raving looney we now see before us.
Flagged for trolling you twat