Sorry if this was answered before, but the dev access backers are going to get into the server “soon”. With that, is it possible to make us non-dev backers the ability to fly around the game ourselves without connecting to a server? Obviously we would do this at our own risk, with no support for crashes but still sending automatic bug reports on every crash. This would let non-devies just fly around by ourselves and exponentially increase the test subjects volunteers for those crash reports, specifically for all the hardware configurations.
Honestly i expect a “too much effort for something we will do later anyway because we’re too busy with critical issues at the moment” or “the game needs the server to function so it won’t work without connecting” and that’s fine of course. ^^
You have to bear in mind that a large number of dev level backers pledged the amount they did because it was the only way to play the game this early. If they now allowed the prototype to be played by people that pledged lower amounts (even limited to single player), those that pledged more for access now might feel somewhat cheated.
If memory serves, I think I read somewhere the “offline” mode will at first be with some initial connection to the server.
Something like Steam: before playing any game, you have to connect once every 1-2 months. Except this also checks if you’ve got the right pledge.
If you did not pledge Developer Access you will not be able to play the game in any form until the tier you did pledge becomes available. Those who have pledged Developer Access will only be able to play multiplayer. The singleplayer sandbox mode may not be made available until the game ships to retail.