Braben seeks £1.25m to build new Elite

Frontier becomes one of the first major British studios to turn to Kickstarter

Games industry luminary David Braben has revealed plans to build a new version of the seminal '80s space adventure Elite.


Braben and his team at Cambridge studio Frontier have launched a new Kickstarter campaign, which seeks a minimum of £1.25 million, to create the new title.

Discussions about a successor to Elite have been ongoing for more than five years, though no project had materialised. But the promise of developing Elite for a modern class of hardware had remained an alluring prospect for Braben.

"Imagine what is now possible, squeezing the last drop of performance from modern computers in the way Elite and Frontier did in their days?" said Braben.

"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."
Braben has christened the project Elite: Dangerous, and claims it will be "an amazing space epic with stunning visuals, incredible gameplay and breath-taking scope, but this time you can play with your friends too".

"I'll be frank - we have had a couple of false starts on this over the years, where progress wasn't as good as I wanted," Braben admitted.

"Also, understandably, other projects have been prioritised. Nevertheless, we have been preparing; laying the technology and design foundations for when the time is right. And that time is now."

Frontier, which in more recent years has worked closely with Microsoft developing games such as Kinectimals, has laid out a Kickstarter pledge and rewards policy here.

"We're using Kickstarter both as a means of test-marketing the concept to verify there is still interest in such a game that extends beyond the individuals who regularly contact me about the game, and raising the funds to do so," Braben added.