They're not just starting the persistent universe now. Where did you read that in the article? What they're doing is to make it easier to access everything already available in the persistent universe with less loading screens. It's the equivalent of knocking down all the walls (loading screens) in a building (game) to access the rooms (FPS, Arena Commander, etc.) Your other notion is speculative at best.
In other words...
"So I didn't read
The article fully. I
Know everything; opinion."
Makes a nice haiku though.
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!