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David Braben Kickstarting "Elite" Remake

BBC on the BBC.

David Braben is looking to Kickstart an Elite remake, a project that couldn’t be much closer to being my ideal software, the original BBC title a massive favourite of mine, as was the follow up, Frontier, a game I sank months into.

The remake, currently dubbed Elite: Dangerous (something that fans of the first game will no doubt relate to instantly) will remain true to the original 1984 classic, although will be only released on the PC, sometime in 2014.

“Elite is a game that I’ve wanted to come back to for a very, very long time,” Braben told the BBC. “It’s the sort of game that I would very much like to play today.”

£20 gets you a copy of the game, and a few other bonuses. It’ll have a heavily multiplayer focus, although will still boast a single player component. Braben’s studio, aptly named Frontier, employs 235 people in the UK and Canada.

Source: BBC.

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  1. FriendlyFiend
    Since: May 2009

    I can get a copy of the new game for the same number of pounds as the old game cost me way back in the 80s? Frankly, I feel I owe at least that much to David Braben for all the fun his game gave my younger self.

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 08:53.
  2. Michael
    Team TSA: Development
    Since: Forever

    Dino next.

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 08:58.
  3. JohnnyBoy
    Since: Oct 2010

    Loved Elite in my youth.
    I remember waiting for about an hour for it to load from tape on my BBC B while I had my tea and did my homework then playing for hours.
    I then got a floppy drive and it loaded in mere minutes…
    Must have taken me months but I finally got to ‘Elite’… Then I got an Atari ST and played it all over again but in solid colour!!!
    Couldn’t get on with Frontier though

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 09:05.
  4. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    spending hours saving for a docking computer, then crashing anyway because i used the time skip while docking, then reloading the save i just made after buying the computer.

    those were the days.

    i never played the BBC micro version, i had it on the Spectrum.

    anyway, great news, we’ll finally get the new Elite game Braben’s been saying is still coming.

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 09:49.
  5. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Tis not remake, tis new game.

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 10:18.
  6. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    I’m in! Most Wanted will have to wait! The project proposal on the kickstarter site is a mouthwatering and genuinely interesting read, if you’re on the fence it’s bound to knock you firmly onto the backers side.

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 12:17.
  7. TheDemocrodile
    Since: May 2010

    I love this Kickstarter thing it breathes life into our once and future king….the PC ;)

    Having said that a new Elite game has been teased and then stopped so many times im not sure what to think, i just wish Geoff Crammond would jump on the bandwagon.

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 12:37.
    • Paulo Vinicius Radtke
      Since: Aug 2008

      As far as creativity is concerned, indie games on the PC are light years away on the PC, beating many AAA releases for consoles. Of course, there are a few gems like The Unfinished Swam and others that are exclusive to consoles, but their amount pales in comparison to what’s available for PCs.

      Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 15:14.
  8. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    You could say that David Braben is *dons Sunglasses* Elitist. I’ll grab my coat.

    Wonder if the fans will be happy about the focus on mp?

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 12:46.
  9. Paulo Vinicius Radtke
    Since: Aug 2008

    Make it for Linux as well and I’m sold. One of my favorite games on my choice OS ;).

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 15:12.

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