Dead. Miners. In. Spaaaaace!
Elite: Dangerous is set to launch on December 16th (for those not beta-ing away at the moment), so we were due for a launch trailer this week. It's important to note that the trailer does not use in-game footage, although the pre-rendered scenes look pretty slick.
The launch trailer and forthcoming space MMO/shooter/amalgamation of cool is the end result of two years of public development. The Kickstarter campaign went live in November 2012, with a successful completion the following January. Roughly USD $2.5 million was raised in the two-month endeavor.
When the retail release of Elite: Dangerous goes live next week, every player (new and returning) will be given 1,000 credits from the start. And if you've been an alpha and/or beta participant these last few months? All of your in-game progress will carry over -- no data wipes in sight.
Our own Elite: Dangerous review will be up in the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled if you haven't yet taken the space smuggler's plunge.