co-creator David Braben is the latest grandfather of space sims to turn to Kickstarter
, with plans to resurrect the classic series through new game Dangerous
. Braben set up a minimum of £1.25 million (roughly $2 million) in funding to launch Elite: Dangerous
, but is hoping for more so his team at UK-based Frontier Developments
can be "more ambitious with content and platforms." As it stands, Frontier plans to release Elite: Dangerous
on PC in March 2014.
does arrive then, it will have been almost three decades since Elite
left its indelible mark on gaming back in 1984. Two true sequels were released: Frontier: Elite
in 1993 and Frontier: First Encounters
in 1995. Braben has headed Frontier Developments since then, a studio more recently known for Kinectimals
As Braben notes on the Kickstarter page, Frontier diced with trying to make the fourth Elite game, including developing it as a MMO back in 2000
. It's been on the backburner at the British studio for a few years now, but going by the six figures raised in a matter of hours it's likely Elite: Dangerous
marks the return of one of gaming's most venerable names.