Sidewinder. But yeah, not a Thargoid.
A bit of snub to PC gamers that backed the game that the new mode arrives on another platform first, but it's not the first time that a port of Elite has offered an exclusive new feature. We should probably all be thankful that it's not the all consuming Trumbles this time around.
I'd guess Microsoft paid for the development of CQC to differentiate the XBox version. If that is the case then I can't get too worked up about it. Frontier get a load of cash to develop what is essentially a game within a game and the PC and Mac users get it free a bit later on. The extra Xbox players then help to fund further development of the core game.
I think it would be unfair for someone like me to get a refund even though I did want the off line mode. I've played about 400 hours since the alpha. If they give out refunds to anyone who wants one I can get back my pledge and buy the game for £35.
It doesn't matter how much you've played. The only question that's relevant is would you have bought the game if they had announced right from the start that there wouldn't be an offline single player mode? If the answer is no then you deserve a refund. It's as simple as that.
I have indeed. My apologies! November 22nd is actually the date of the next beta build. I'll get the real, proper date up there now.
It's actually the release date for Gamma 1.0. But close enough. :-)