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Elite to Return?

Braben reveals Elite's Future on Computer and Video Games is a Q&A with Elite co-creator David Braben about the possibility that Elite will be making a return in an updated form. Braben expresses that Frontier Developments intends to follow their coming project The Outsider with not one, but two games based on the seminal '80s space combat game, one a single-play game (with "normal" multiplayer support) and an MMO variation. This is all speculative, as the new Elites would follow the completion of development of their next project, The Outsider, and will rely on some of that game's technology, so this all could change, but in the meantime, it provides hope for the fans of the original:

Braben told us, "There are two project designs that we've got now. One is a multiplayer game, the other is a single-player, still allowing multiplayer, but not massive multiplayer, which we do plan to do and that will follow on from The Outsider and use some of the technologies that that employs. That's the way they fit together."

Braben continued, "Certainly the first Elite incarnation will be a single player game, that supports multiplayer, but we're not talking thousands, we're talking tens of players."

While an Elite MMO still remains the ultimate dream (coincidentally as we argued for recently in our Bring It Back! feature,) Braben is under no illusions that it will be a simple task: "Although I think it's a long way off, one thing I'm wary of is that it's a very difficult game to provide for well. There will be groups of fans who will be very critical of what happens, that's true of every game really, but it's a lot of work to keep that going for a long time."

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12. Re: Docking Nov 17, 2006, 13:31 Mr Gar
Privateer needs a decent sequel too.

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