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Braben and Sam­marco are can­did when we ask if SRVs will use up fuel, re­veal­ing that the stu­dio is still in the process of think­ing through what would be best for game­play. “I think one of the things peo­ple re­ally love about Elite Dan­ger­ous is that it feels like a very plau­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence,” Sam­marco says. “It’s grounded in real science, and we’ve gone out of our way to make it feel like you are a pi­lot. But at the end of the day, it’s a game, and we don’t want you to have to be an ace pi­lot in real life, or a rocket ship pi­lot, just to en­joy it.”

Braben says, “There are ar­gu­ments both ways, but most likely your end won’t be a fuel line, it will be some­one shoot­ing you, or you driv­ing into a chasm…”

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