That's not anything close to reality. The switch is waving the white flag. Roberts' greed has destroyed this project.
They have this at the moment if you log out using the menu (it's a 15 second timer when in combat) but due to the P2P nature of player interaction I'm not sure it would work with cable pullers or task killers.
They restrict "logging out" through the menu, but they don't restrict dc/closing application. If you were to alt-f4 E:Dangerous then your ship disapears from space instantly, weather or not your in combat. The way I suggest Frontier counter this is by keeping your ship in that space even if you dc (i.e. the same way Eve Online works).
This video was actually released to put in perspective to fans that, even though yes it sucked to pull the demo at the last minute, there were reasons.
It also highlights that the work put into the Squadron 42 demo wasn't for nothing. They got passed a lot of blockers and just a lot of work done in general because of the big push for Citizen Con.
Still, I feel for them...all that work, and then no one gets to see it. Those tired eyes!
Just because he did that in the past doesn't really excuse his comments from being any less obnoxious now. There seems to be a spate of them recently and it just seems churlish. Most of the time he's wrong so it sounds uneducated as well as being unprofessional.
You can have your opinions on whether or not his actions in the past outweigh his comments as of late. I'm just trying to paint the other side of the picture which this article does not mention.
To be fair, that's all the article quoted him at. Roberts has gone on the record of saying Elite is both a great space sim and a helpful revitalization of the space sim genre, on top of openly promoting the game through an announcement on the Star Citizen website. The only digging at other people's stuff he's doing is to get other games, including several indie space games, into the spotlight, often doing so much like he did with Elite by openly announcing it on the Star Citizen website. Heck, he's even promoted past employees' new endeavors into their games, some of which aren't even space related!
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