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Elite: Dangerous hits Kickstarter

Platforms: Android

Big news this morning, Frontier Developments have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the long-awaited next installment in the Elite franchise. The campaign aims to raise £1.25 million and as of this morning has already broken the £20,000 mark with 417 backers.

Elite: Dangerous is going to be a multi-player space trading and combat simulation - and the move to MMO status makes sense. Elite creator, David Braben, said "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."

From the information released so far, there'll be a few necessary tweaks to the Elite formula to work within the multi-player boundaries - one is the removal of 'rapid' time, replacing it with local 'hyperspace' jumps, but by and large the core building blocks are in place and will see you start with hardly any money and a tiny ship and have to work your way up to 'Elite' status through judicious trading and picking the right fights, this time though you can bring your mates along for backup.

The plan is to release the game in March 2014...

Check out the Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter page here for more details...

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