Elite revival starts Kickstarter campaign

The Kickstarter website has been used to help fund new entries in quite a few classic game franchises this year, including new games for Shadowrun, Wasteland, Carmageddon and even Leisure Suit Larry. This week, it's being used for that same purpose by developer Frontier Developments to launch a new game in the Elite series.

The Kickstarter UK page for Elite: Dangerous has gone live and is now looking to raise at least £1,250,000 in the next 59 days to fund the next game in the space combat and trading series. So far, the effort is going well with over £227,000 raised so far.

The game's development will be lead by David Braben, who co-created the original Elite way back in 1984 and was a huge influence on space-based games released even since, including the Wing Commander and EVE Online titles.

Elite: Dangerous will allow players to own a spaceship in order to gain more credits via a number of methods, including trading, pirating, salvage and combat. In his Kickstarter post, Braben says:

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.

Source: Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter page | Image via Frontier Developments

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Not to mention he's been talking about Elite for 20 years and has failed to put any videos/screenshots up. Plus, what's with the 59 days? The norm is usually like 30.

I was all ready to donate to this early HOWEVER, they've got a team, a successful one at that, this is not what Kickstarter is for. This is merely offloading the risk on to the fans (of which i am one).

Studios like this should not be allowed on kickstarter.

Mikeffer said,
I was all ready to donate to this early HOWEVER, they've got a team, a successful one at that, this is not what Kickstarter is for. This is merely offloading the risk on to the fans (of which i am one).

Studios like this should not be allowed on kickstarter.

Disagree - this is one way for games that *publishers* won't make to be funded (despite demand). At the very least it might wake up the industry to the fact not all of us think call of doody part 502 is the be all and end all..

dangel said,

Disagree - this is one way for games that *publishers* won't make to be funded (despite demand). At the very least it might wake up the industry to the fact not all of us think call of doody part 502 is the be all and end all..


I agree with this comment, this is all about proving that there is demand for games like these today (see Star Citizen as well) Publishers do not think there is any money to be made from them but they should look around as games Like X3 have a huge loyal fanbase. I will admit though it is certainly not as big a Halo4 and that is why publishers are not interested as its not the big bucks