If you’ve been a gamer for a long time, you surely know the name Elite. Created by David Braben, the game was originally released back in 1984 and is still considered one of the best space simulators ever released. The game featured innovative graphics and gameplay, allowing the player to play the game however he wished: he could be an honest trader or engage is some less legal activities like slave trading or even narcotics: such freedom was absolutely unseen before.
Elite was followed by two sequels: Frontier and Frontier First Encounter, before the series faded into obscurity, due to the low sales of the latest games and publisher not wishing to take a chance with a new Elite game. But now the series is almost ready to make a great comeback: Elite Dangerous was put on hold for several years before David Braben and his studio decided to try and rise funds with a Kickstarter.
Today David Braben has annonced through a video posted on Youtube that the team has received 1.048.777 pounds. With a minimum requirement of 1.2500.000 pounds and less than a week left, it looks like the project will finally see the light of day. Elite: Dangerous promises to expand on the classic Elite formula by adding a MMO mode. Players will be able to explore a vast universe made of countless stars and planets, each with its own political and economic system: unlike in previous games, players’ choices will be reflected on these system. The freedom the series is known for will be here, coupled with even more choices to really make Elite Dangerous truly an epic experience.