Ultimately, on the FDev forums, this is what I really think of FDev.
This is not about some stupid video game (yes, that’s what Elite Dangerous is).
This is about the technology. FDev has significantly held back that technology from what others would likely have achieved by now without the vaporware ‘competition’.
Actually, upon reading the Wikipedia article again, it is pretty clear Frontier Developments meets both vaporware definitions, right from the start. Elite Dangerous core features have been both going out of support, and not actually intended to be created.
This is fraud on the general public, much akin to Microsoft behavior, albeit such anti-monopoly lawsuits too rarely succeed (and even more rarely bring corrective results).
Most damning of all, FDev, as a software publisher, with timelines on the order of years, does not have the excuses of hardware supply disruption (far more substantial than working from home).
I have no problem with reasonable mistakes having been made, or paying a reasonable subscription for a quality space sim multiplayer experience. I do think FDev’s continued path is blatantly unethical.
It needs to be pointed out, what of the millions of dollars raised, that could have been used to meet the most basic reasonable expectations for a multiplayer VR space sim, or even some specific promises. FDev took community money, and now blatantly continues doing whatever they please with it, continuing to leverage the whole vaporware deal.
But what’s wrong is they continue to ignore the community, even when they could with minimal effort at least meet the most basic expectations.
For Frontier Developments, Elite Dangerous is not a commercial product, but their ‘pet’, which they continue to force feed from the public trough.