Star Citizen Drama

In an exchange on the Roberts Space Industries Forums over the failure to deliver a feature to Star Citizen promised four years ago, Chris Roberts responds by detailing how the system in question works and promising the gameplay he describes is not a "pipe dream" and that it will not "take 10 or 20 years to deliver" (thanks IGN). In other drama related to the crowdfunded space game(s), there's a post on Reddit from a user who claims to have datamined the Spectrum database on the RSI Website to discover it does not appear to have as many backers as claimed (thanks Dougie Bubalowe). There's' a Google Doc with the data this supposedly uncovered. The website says there are over three million Star Citizens, and the Reddit post includes speculation about possible reasons they allegedly found only 600K registrations, theories that range from the innocent to the sinister. Back to the forum post from the beginning of this story, here's part of Chris' post with his outlook about progress on the project:
I sense from your reply to me that it's the time taken and priorities that you're frustrated with, as you feel like we're focusing on the wrong things. I can see that point of view, but you're looking at it from the outside without the full knowledge of exactly what it will take, and the order it needs to be done in to deliver the gameplay that will set Star Citizen above everything else. This is the game I've dreamed of my whole life. Now I am in a position to realize it, I am not willing to compromise it's potential because it is taking longer than I originally envisioned. What I will commit to, and what is an internal priority is to improve the current gameplay and quality of life as we go, as Star Citizen is already fun in many ways, even if more buggy and not as stable as I would like, and just finishing off and polishing the basics will make it play as well or better than most other games.

I can promise you the gameplay I described is not a pipe dream, nor will it take 10 to 20 years to deliver. I described systems we either have working, or are working on; we've even shown early versions of some of this like fire on Inside Star Citizen. I can't promise you exactly what quarter it will come together but once the new Road Map web work is done you'll be able to see the teams progress to achieving what I describe in real time.