Braben announces new Elite game on 25th anniversary

Darren Allan

September 22, 2009

It’s 25 years ago since the classic space trading game Elite made its debut on the BBC Micro, and co-developer David Braben has confirmed that work is underway on a new incarnation of the game.

In a chat with BBC News, he said “We’d be mad not to go back to the world of Elite and I’m very excited about it”. But he refused to be drawn on any talk of possible release dates, or indeed any other details on the the project.

Elite is still guaranteed to cause veteran gamers to get all misty-eyed and nostalgic, with fond memories of trying to dock at those darn rotating space stations, and attempting to outrun Viper police ships with a cargo of narcotics.

When (or indeed if) the new game comes out, it will actually be the fourth Elite produced. Let’s just hope it’s better than Frontier: Elite II, and its follow-up Frontier: First Encounters, which were both beset by serious problems. Most notably, for us anyway, their punishingly realistic space flight physics which were no fun at all.


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