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Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter

This new Kickstarter from David Braben and Frontier Developments seeks capital for Elite: Dangerous, a new installment in the Elite series of space simulations. The series has had its ups and downs since the release of the influential original Elite in 1984, including some lesser sequels and a proposed Elite 4, a project that's been in and out of limbo long enough to make Duke Nukem blush forever. The Kickstarter pitch acknowledges a certain lack of focus for Elite 4, and says the time is now right to redress this, saying: "I’ll be frank - we have had a couple of false starts on this over the years, where progress wasn’t as good as I wanted. Also, understandably, other projects have been prioritised – projects with announced dates or other commitments. Up to now 'Elite' has been worked upon by a small team as a ‘skunk-works’ activity in the background as availability permits. Nevertheless, we have been preparing; laying the technology and design foundations for when the time is right. And that time is now." There's an article about this on BBC News that includes a video with glimpses of prototype gameplay, and the Kickstarter page includes details about trading, combat, travel, and more, all under the following overview:

In the game, you will of course begin with a spacecraft and a small sum of Credits. You will be able to trade, pirate, bounty-hunt, explore, and salvage your way to wealth and fame, building on those key elements of the previous games, and with sumptuous graphics only now possible with the performance of today’s machines. Only this time some of the ships out there will be other players like yourself – other members of a secret ‘Elite’ group of space-farers…

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36. Re: Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter Nov 6, 2012, 17:48 Creston
 
Sleep wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 17:33:
Creston wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 13:18:
Sleep wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 12:24:
Plenty of penny pinching negativity here. But dont worry Americanos, we got this. You can come and join the party later.

Thanks man! Please don't come cry here when he inevitably fails to produce Elite 4 yet again, k?

Creston

Lol 20% funded day 1 chum, as long as you dont come crying when you pay doube for the client on launch thats a deal. British company, british pounds, i get the scepticism theres alot of it around KS. For me though, its only 40 quid and well worth a punt. For you, meh.


I'd gladly pay 100 bucks for an actual Elite 4, but like I said before, he's been "making" Elite 4 for nigh on twenty years now. Every time it's "no, we're making good progress, we've got lots of stuff up and running, it's almost ready to reveal!"

And now he's going "Yeah, admittedly all those times we worked on Elite 4 before were just bullshit, we never actually did anything."

And so NOW all of a sudden, when there's a chance to get some money out of it, he's going to have it done in two years? He says they have all this technological stuff ready to go, well, where is it? Sui Generis does procedural generation, and they showed off their procedural generation engine in their kickstarter.

All Braben shows off is a timeline of previous Elite games. Oh, and a "What if the project fails?" thing that's practically longer than the information about the game itself.

This smells like a "We're gonna grab the cash, never make the game and then say we were unable to complete it!" scam to me. It's not like Braben has much of a name to tarnish anymore anyway. When your proudest game creation moment since Elite has been Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, which came out EIGHT years ago, I'm not sure that you have a studio that should be patting itself on the back for all the great work it's done.

But hey, it's your money.

Creston
 
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