There has been some buzz about for years (decades?) about a new Elite game. Sure the Frontier sequels were simply amazing, but now that PC’s are far more advanced than they’ve ever been, what would Elite look like today?
So here is a small taste!
Unlike other video games, there has been a movement afoot of the end customer directly financing the upstart cost for projects to get them off the ground. The idea being that people themselves may be interested in a product, and they can cut out the middle men of marketers & financiers, and do so in a mob fashion. Kickstarter is one of many sites built for this purpose.
So I was surprised to find that David Braben (Of recent Raspberry Pi fame), had started one for the future of Elite, right here. He is trying to raise a hefty £1,250,000 to directly fund this new version of Elite. Right now he is £683,487 short but has 41 days to go. I would imagine that one of the reasons of why they want to go this way, is that during the Frontier days when GameTek went bankrupt, leaving much of their distribution and marketing in the air.
Is this madness? Maybe a tad, but the original developers behind Wing Commander managed to fun their project, Star Citizen on Kickstarter as well!
Of course here is the original pitch video:
And be sure to check out the projects website.
I was playing with DOSBox on an XP machine, and I came across this exciting link: http://www.eliteclub.co.uk/download/ You can now download Frontier II as shareware! Most cool, so I’ve downloaded it & just run it under DOSBox. No tweaks, answer for the SoundBlaster sound card, and away you go! Here is me attempting to do a flyby of the Saturn system..
This game was super cool back in the day for it’s realistic physics as you could do slingshots, flybys, orbits & even land on various moons & planets. There is nothing more exhilarating then flying through the solar system or the universe at hundreds of thousands of Km/s. Not to mention the hyper drive!