Classic '80s videogame, Elite, to make a comeback via Kickstarter?

8 November 2012

The game that potentially invented the sandbox game, Elite, way back in the '80s, could be making a comeback. Don't remember it? Do remember it? Want to watch someone playing the C64 version for half an hour? Knock yourself out. Around 10 minutes in, you'll see how cold and sinister Elite was.

Anyway, the developers of the game are trying to make a comeback via Kickstarter and the people behind it are saying that the reboot, Elite: Dangerous, will not stray from the formula that made the original so wildly popular. So will it have wire-frame 3D graphics and vast, empty, chilling open-ended universe?

Probably.

On the Kickstarter page creator David Braben wrote: "Imagine what is now possible, squeezing the last drop of performance from modern computers in the way Elite and Frontier did in their days? It is not just a question of raw performance (though of course these elements will make it look gorgeous), but we can push the way the networking works too – something very few people had access to in the days of Frontier."

And if you help fund it, you'll get a say in how the game is developed. The Kickstarter page states: "We will rely heavily on artist-directed procedural generation, using techniques that are a logical expansion of what was done in the previous “Elite” and “Frontier” games. This will greatly reduce the required budget – bringing it to within reach of Kickstarter. It also means it becomes a viable project to avoid the conventional publishing route – something that I don’t believe can deliver a game like this successfully."

Now to find £1.25m. Over £300k has been raised already and if you want to contribute, CLICK HERE.

TOPICS:   Technology   Games

2 comments

  • Chewbacca
    bw, do you have a policy of only posting 2 day (or older) news? Serious question,
  • I. F.
    Only ever played frontier on my amiga. Was a good game TBF. You can chuck them £20 to basically pre-order a digital copy of the game, which is what I did. Surprised nobody has posted that on HUKD. I would, but I can't be arsed.

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