Battlescape has been in development for ages now. I am wondering if it will ever get done so the team can move on to start the original idea they had.
I remember the original plan was for a game called Infinity - Search for Earth.
What happened to it? I was really looking forward to heading out into the galaxy, finding a quiet spot and setting up home, hiring NPC defenders and wingmen and arming my home to the teeth against players who got too nosey. Along with zipping back and forth to the central hub if I wanted to trade and running the gauntlet of player and NPC pirates along the way.
I remember the old forum posts about what the devs had in mind, it was what Elite Dangerous SHOULD have been. Braben decided against allowing players to build stations and planetary bases, so ED became a tiny game that revolved around a few systems in the hub, with a huge area purely for exploration and would never become populated. IMHO, a bit pointless having so many systems if they are only there for show.
The original idea for Infinity allowed for expansion of the play area by players. Farming materials to build a station or planetary base would have made the game significantly superior to ED in every way.
As for database size and HDD space:
If the original Elite could create our entire galaxy in 48K on a Sinclair Spectrum, I am sure that, with hard disks terrabytes in size and over 8 Gb of RAM now, it could be done with a lot more data stored for each planet. There’s no excuse for it NOT to be online with an official server, online with a player dedicated server and offline without any internet connection at all. At the same time, still being a far smaller database on the HDD than a few dozen Gb at most.