Elite: Dangerous producer Michael Brookes posted a new update letter on the game’s forums today. He thanks the community for making E:D the “number one bestseller” on Steam and also mentions that Frontier is looking into the possibility of allowing previous purchasers to access the title via Valve’s platform without paying for it again.
“Turning EliteDangerous.com customers into Steam customers unfortunately isn’t 100 percent our decision and isn’t free for us in the context of the game’s ongoing growth and development,” Brookes writes. “It could take a few weeks to work through, but we hear your feedback and addressing it is a priority for all of us.”
Brookes also hints at major changes to the game’s mission system in a forthcoming update. “One of the limitations of the current system is that missions tended to be a good option for starting players, but not so much for later on in the game,” Brookes explains. “The overhaul will address this issue by making missions available for more experienced players as well as specific missions for higher ranks or status – such as being a Founder level member.”[Source: Forums; thanks Lordofbread!]