Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:18 pm
First a caveat:
I did not pledge, I have no skin in this game financially. I have lurked here for a really long time, but I feel zero entitlement to any pre-release content or experiences.
Beta access being restricted to KS backers made sense when the original schedule was being adhered to. The active community was bigger, there was palpable buzz about the game on the forums, the end of each month was a treasure trove of moving eye candy and daily dev logs pointed toward rapid, concrete progress. Fast forward 2-3 years. Due to well known reasons, development stalled and release, though much nearer, is still a nebulous someday. I would argue that poignant interest in Beta at this point has waned somewhat for all but the most ardent KS backers.* I would also argue that the overall Beta feedback from those same backers would differ qualitatively 3 years ago vs. now. Time has passed, competing or differing interests have been introduced, 3 years ago someone was a rabid space exploration fiend--now they just want to play CoD, kids happened, life happened.
I guess I'm just saying in the better interest of LT at this point, opening up Beta to a few select individuals outside of KS backers makes sense. There are definitely non-backer members here who are more than capable of giving well thought out, useful observations and suggestions. Honestly, they've earned the right for Beta consideration for just that: consistently giving thoughtful, useful observations and suggestions throughout this game's development...for years now...even when the lights went out and everything was in doubt.
Besides...it's probably what, a dozen, maybe two dozen people?
*Yeah, it's a supposition. But the passionate early-adopters ardor will have cooled 5-6 years later...
"We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things."
-Col. Lewis B. Puller, USMC