January 7, 2013
Funding secured for remake of 1980s classic ‘Elite’
“Take a ship and 100 credits to make money legally or illegally – trade, bounty-hunt, pirate, assassinate your way across the galaxy.” Kickstarter.com
25,681 supporters have pledged £1.3 million towards ‘Dangerous’, a remake of David Braben’s 1980s classic ‘Elite’ via Kickstarter, the funding platform for creative projects. Frontier Developments, which was founded by Braben and based in the UK, secured funding for the project with just two days to go and has estimated that the release date for the new title will be March 2014 for both PC and Mac.
Back in 1984, Elite, the space-trading video game, starts the player at a space station with 100 credits and a lightly armed trading ship with the aim of generating more credits to upgrade their ships with weapons, equipment and technology enabling the player to fight another day. Many of the popular features from the original game will be incorporated into Dangerous, but this time the developers are also adding a multiplayer option for the first time in the game’s history. Dangerous starts under the same premise as the original game, players start with a spaceship and a small amount of money, but now they can choose how much they interact with others – either single player or in an MMO style of gameplay, and whereas players were limited to eight galaxies, each containing 256 planets to explore, Dangerous will allow players to explore a universe containing hundreds of billions stars. Check out the game trailer below to see what the game has to offer in 2014.
For more information why not visit the project page on kickstarter.com.