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GDC 08: David Braben to announce new Elite in 2008

GDC 08: David Braben to announce new Elite in 2008

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In a meeting which was primarily about his new WiiWare game LostWinds, and after much prodding and inquisitorial asking from our side, David Braben, who together with Ian Bell created the cult space game Elite back in the 80ies, confirmed that he will do a modern version of his classic title. He also very strongly hinted on that announcement coming this year. So with typical development cycles, that could mean that by 2010, we'll be able to once again kill 4000 opponents to get that coveted Elite status. We asked Braben if he thinks that his cult classic would be fun to play today: "Well, I tried it not too long ago and the first thing I realised is how difficult the game actually was." A quick explanation for all our readers below the age of 35: The first 20 or 30 deaths in the game occured when you tried to dock your ship for the first time at the rotating Space Station in the starting system, Lave. Which is where you needed to be in order to save the game! You only could afford an automatic docking computer (which was not 100% perfect) after at least a dozen or so successful trading runs.

A new version, Braben continued, would certainly need a better interface, or at least one which is easier to use for modern gamers.

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February 20, 2008 - 20:18 #

I'm 31, but boy do I know what you're talking about.

Elite is pretty much a sub-genre on it's own these days, and I have to admit, I enjoyed quite a few of these "children of elite".

David still looks kinda like a big child. I like it.

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February 21, 2008 - 02:49 #

I still have fond memories of Elite. I played Jumpgate for years which to me was very Elite Like. I look forward to a new Elite. I am also looking forward to a new Jumpgate in the form of Jumpgate Evolution

It's exciting to see more people talking about true space sims.

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February 21, 2008 - 03:43 #

I have played Jumpgate, too, it's surprisingly close to Elite, in a more modern way. Still, I think no Space game will ever match the fascination that Firebird published Elite (started from a tape cassette) on the Commodore 64 created for me -- simply because it was the first.

Pilot (not verified)
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February 23, 2008 - 13:22 #

I think this -> will arrive decades before an Braben Elite remake.

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February 26, 2008 - 04:01 #

That video quality is horrible and does not represent well. Just go to the Jumpgate Evolution site linked above and see the original which is nice. NetDevil met with some Jumpgate players at GDC and they are talking about their experience seeing Jumpgate Evolution at Joystick Required.

dzibac ar (not verified)
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February 27, 2008 - 23:11 #

I am sf game wet.
I played elite in 1985, that was great period of my life.
question about elite IV
- will be elite IV multiplayer online game
- eve-online gone too far, greatest sf game today, second life in space, are u sure u can reach eve-online succes ?
Elite can pull some oldiest player with nostalgy, but ...

disik (not verified)
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April 11, 2008 - 06:10 #

heh, i'd even buy a new pc or console for elite iv, just let it be released

Vladimir (not verified)
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April 29, 2008 - 20:01 #

While I enjoyed Elite when I was 8 or 9, I very much preferred the sequels, Frontier and First Encounters for their increased realism, scope, etc. I guess in today's era od publishers dumbing down games it's too much to hope for that Elite 4 will be smart, realistic and awe-inspiring as were the previous games. If I were rich, I'd start a foundation to finance production of great games regardless of how much they would sell.

Steve George (not verified)
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May 13, 2008 - 06:43 #

All I can say David is go for it... I have awaited Elite IV for many years now. I was also around 8 years old when I started playing Elite. Being able to land on planets and moons, etc was the edge I feel. Just remaking Frontier with todays graphics would be a great step. Also with a first person element such as walking into a bar on the station to finish a contract on someone instead of sitting out side the docking door! LOL :)

I would say build the engine and have it live updatable or something!

Aladar (not verified)
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June 13, 2008 - 06:38 #

Oh I silently praying for remake Elite 4 but I'm afraid that this game can't work as multiplayer because there is no linear time in game unless their put in some new features against realism, which I reckon would be good coz simulation of solar system and galaxy with real physics was great on this game.

even single player remake would be awesome.... :)