'DRM', 'Starbound', 'Terraria' Addressing the community :)
Everyone is entitled to believe whatever they want, and say whatever they want, the internet made everyones voice equal, so here is mine as the lead engineer on this game :)
We make games because we want to create an experience that people will love and enjoy, not to make money, if we wanted to just make money there are far easier ways for an engineer to make money doing boring banking software work.
We love our community, we care about how people feel the game is going, thats why we are doing a beta, we want feedback, we want the game to evolve into something we feel a large majority of people will enjoy.
Sometimes it might appear we are 'censoring' someone or making up reasons to ignore them but thats not really it, unless the information is useful to progress the product into a better and better game, its less important that feedback that does, for example, asking for the ability to scale the UI, thats something we are going to look into doing now. Same with how people feel about the DRM. We are looking into ways to make feel less invasive then it is, which will likely lead to allowing steam to handle the login process for you, it will still pretty much work the same way, but you wont have to login, steam will handle it. This is a goal, not a fact but it is definitly something we will address.
When it comes to the DRM discussions about our kickstarter, we did say that people who pledged will get a DRM free copy, and they will, while we dont consider our login system DRM a lot of people do, and those that pledged during our kickstarter will be able to play without the need to login in any way when the time comes.
Ontop of all of that, the login system will allow for an offline mode after release, this was always planned :)
all of that being said, we care, we listen, we are active on the forums, I am the lead engineer on the game, and I've responded to easily 2000 messages on here already, have taken notes of issues be them directly game related or design related or even systematic related.
I'd also like to address the comparison to both terraria and starbound. In the case of terraria, we are good friends with andrew (red) the developer of terraria, he tweeted us when we started our kickstarter when we started doing pre-orders and now again when we released on steam, even he believes that the experiences of the two games are vastly different, in that our progression and combat is more akin to metroidvaina style games, and our overall experience is focused on 'man-vs-nature' along side the normal adventures.
With starbound, its hard to judge exactly how simlar our games will be, but based on screenshots and videos it does appear that they will be more focused on exploration where we are focused on survival. Outright saying we are a clone of starbound is a pretty brash statement when you've never played it before, but if you feel that way, check out some videos ask some players, all you are doing is missing out if you just make a quick assumption :)
You have to just trust that we want the game to be as good as you clearly want it to be, people would be mad if they didnt care :)