Update #33 - We are making a Mac version, and we're record breaking!
David here. A huge thanks for all those that have now joined us, and to those who have been with us for a lot longer too, and have evangelised to a very broad group of people. It has made all the difference.
We have now passed the first stretch goal - we are now doing a Mac version in addition to the PC version, to be released three months after the PC version. As I write we stand at an incredible £1,443,634 and 24,303 backers. Paypal is at £25,000 so we have £42,000 to go for the ten extra ships.
The Design Discussion Forum (DDF)
Many people have asked (via Reddit and elsewhere) whether the design discussion forum will continue post-release.
The people on the DDF together with people from Frontier will have near god-like powers post-release. They will have access to live stats for the galaxy on rates of piracy, locations for player death, trade activity and so-on. They will decide how the galaxy will evolve. They will decide when famine (or plague) might arrive in a particular system. If, for example piracy is unusually high for a sustained period in a particular system how should the galaxy respond? Should an adjacent system send warships? Should it decay into anarchy and any government collapse? When we create a new ship type or variant How should we introduce it? How do we close down a particular game exploit - or do we? As you can see, the decisions will not stop at release.
Many have asked if they can have an additional Digital Download pack as a pledge upgrade for £80 or additional boxed edition of the game for £90. These have now been added to the pledge upgrades.
Coverage in the Press
There has been a great deal more coverage of this Kickstarter.
We're now officially record breakers! Elite: Dangerous has the highest Kickstarter Goal to be funded. There's a nice piece on Forbes.com:
We were also covered by Sky News in the UK (with an additional Skype interview on their iPad App):
Finally I'd like to plug the intriguing "Elite Chronicles" - a crowd-written book with only 4 hours to go and £2,400 needed: