Update – Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter Launched!

By | 11/05/2012
Frontier Elite II

MOAR PLZ!

Edit 3: According to Eurogamer, Braben says video and screenshots are on the way. Soon, I hope.

Edit 2: This BBC story has a video where, in the background, you can see footage of the game being played.

Edit: So yeah, THIS HAPPENEDElite: Dangerous has launched its Kickstarter, and while there are oddly no screenshots or video, we have this:

Elite: Dangerous is the game I have wanted Frontier to make for a very long time. The next game in the Elite series – an amazing space epic with stunning visuals, incredible gameplay and breath-taking scope, but this time you can play with your friends too. I want a game that feels more like the original “Elite” to fly, and with more rapid travel (to allow for the multi-player nature of the game) – so you travel quickly using local ‘hyperspace’ travel rather than by fast-forwarding time – but with the rich galaxy of Frontier – and more, so much more.

They want 1.25 million pounds in 60 days. As much as I’m excited by this, I’m hoping they show us more of the actual game rather than relying on faith alone. I’ll keep you updated!

Original: On Facebook today, the Facebook feed for Elite — which I THINK is official, or hope it is at least — posted the following:

 Everyone: thank you for your patience.

We should have some exciting news for you within the next couple of hours..

Watch This Space

About half an hour ago. What could it be? A release date for Elite 4? An HD remake of Frontier: Elite II?!?! I MUST KNOW.

Stay tuned folks!

9 thoughts on “Update – Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter Launched!

  1. Phillip

    Take all my monies! (translation – I backed him)

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    1. Brian Rubin Post author

      I did too, but honestly? I’m waiting to see more than just text and promises before I decide if I’m to keep it. I hate to be harsh, as I’m typically ALWAYS supportive of spacey Kickstarters like this, but the lack of visual information isn’t rubbing me right.

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  2. Jan

    I’m not sure about the timing here, Chris Roberts project is only halfway, and this kinda garners to the same fans imho. While I was a great fan of Elite, this has to be truly special to get my attention.

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  3. frptunz

    Not even pledged for the same reason. I remember Elite, remember its starting theme, remember the docking nightmare and all the great times I had playing the game, but, as someone pointed out in Kickstarter comments, – 2mil project can’t be made on nostlgia only. No video, no examples of technology, concept art – no homework at all. And I haven’t seen any other decent PC game from Braben and his +200 people company (hell, I haven’t seen ANY PC game from Braben in last 15 or so years).
    So – no. Just no. Unless he showes some real meat, I’m not on this spacebandwagon.

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  4. Sean

    Braben’s affiliation with the Frontier series won’t be kind to him or his Kickstarter campaign. Like it or not the Frontier fiasco’s have an air of BC3K shittyness. I have decided to support the project but I hope this isn’t just a fancy graphical update of the original Elite. I want to see deep gameplay improvements. The Elite I played back in 1984 is not the Elite I would want to play now. Many space games have come and gone and games like the X-series have really advanced the genre way beyond what the original Elite offered.

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    1. Brian Rubin Post author

      Hey Sean, welcome aboard man. :) And yeah, I can’t blame you on your stance. They really need to show more to foster goodwill, I think.

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  5. peschi

    If Bell was involved I might consider backing this. But Braben has squandered a lot of goodwill among the Elite fans. Because of the Frontier series but also by shutting down a Bell-supported fanproject : http://www.christianpinder.com/games/

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    1. Brian Rubin Post author

      Hey peschi, welcome! I also didn’t know that! Damn, that doesn’t make Braben look good at allllllll…

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