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Elite 4 Coming Soon

Zonk posted about 10 years ago | from the wireframe-space-combat-makes-a-comeback dept.

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skabb writes "Is Elite 4 back in development? The game, rumoured back in 2001 is a sequel to the popular Elite series, with a multiplayer version planned!"

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Ooooooold News (4, Informative)

TonyMillion (545370) | about 10 years ago | (#10356563)

That page has been like that for years. I remember looking up the history of Zarch and finding it. Still waiting on that announcement.

Re:Ooooooold News (1)

Kardamon (54123) | about 10 years ago | (#10360635)

While waiting for Duke Nukem Forever - oops Elite 4 - you can find the old Elite programmes in the archive [] on Ian Bell's website or play the remake Elite:The new Kind [] .

Re:Ooooooold News (1)

LizardKing (5245) | about 10 years ago | (#10360780)

Unforunately, Braben had the author of The New Kind remove the source code from his website. The Makefile and wrapper script you point to are not much use without the code. It's a shame, as TNK was perfect ...

Re:Ooooooold News (1)

Kardamon (54123) | about 10 years ago | (#10360877)

So, we remain victim of the fight between Bell and Braben... This is sad, maybe they should do some kind of deathmatch (Bell in a Cobra and Braben in a Python:) to settle the issue.

We have to put our hopes in the Galileo Project [] then?

Re:Ooooooold News (1)

john_prog (798488) | about 10 years ago | (#10361113)

Sorry to break the news, but the Galileo project is discontinued.

From the Galileo website news:
10.12.2003 - Ok, apparently the project is pretty much dead. Noone has been making any progress on anything in the last 6 months so I declare the project officially discontinued.


Urmmm .. Information please (3, Informative)

polyp2000 (444682) | about 10 years ago | (#10356568)

Where is the information that says Elite 4 is to be released soon ?

I've been checking the frontier website with considerable regularity and the page which is being linked to hasnt looked different for probably more than year?

If anyone has any real evidence about release dates or confirmation that things are happening behind the scenes at Braben's shop - I'd sure as hell like to know about it. Im surprised this post got accepted because this is not even news its unfounded fabrication.

Nick (obsessed with elite and has been hanging on for Elite 4 news for far too long)

Re:Urmmm .. Information please (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 10 years ago | (#10356765)

waiting for it wouldn't be bad.. if the elite-like games that have come out lately wouldn't have been piss poor(freelancer for one).

though, x2 is pretty good.

(but why can't others make the planets like in frontier? and the universe so vast. that damn thing fitted on a floppy!)

Re:Urmmm .. Information please (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 10 years ago | (#10356836)

fuck this, looked at the page now and...'s been last updated in what, 2001? so it would nicely collide with the 2001 rumours.

Re:Urmmm .. Information please (1)

WasterDave (20047) | about 10 years ago | (#10358205)

though, x2 is pretty good

You reckon? I got a copy with my motherboard and was pretty buzzed because of the number of people saying it was like a new elite.

It was dire. I got stuck on the training missions. Their UI is just shocking ... made all the worse by the training hints not telling you which button to press for things.

And space walking between ships? What were they smoking.

Just ... really, everything screams "we never play tested this". Lots of "pick up a MadeUpSciFiNameX 3" with no indication of WTF it actually meant.

Astoundingly it made Freelancer look good. Well, at least the first half hour of playing Freelancer - first game ever where it was clear by the end of the demo that the game was going to get really boring. That and Red Faction, of course.


"Elite-like" (1)

SvnLyrBrto (62138) | about 10 years ago | (#10360479)

The last "Elite-like" game I bought was Terminus. Not only did it promise an "Elite-like" game; it had a nifty (in theory( multiplayer model; a nifty (in theory) build-your-own-ship model; and was released simultaneously (as in: in the same box) for Macintosh, Linux AND pc, something I wholeheartedly wanted to support.

The actual game (including the aforementioned niftiness) was so badly executed that I was turned off to the entire genre for quite a long time.



Re:Urmmm .. Information please (4, Funny)

Spudley (171066) | about 10 years ago | (#10356981)

I think the poster is trying to get the Frontier site slashdotted so that they'll see all the traffic, think it's a popular idea and decide to write the game.

Let's hope it works, eh?

Re:Urmmm .. Information please (1)

GQuon (643387) | about 10 years ago | (#10357214)

Yeah, but then they'll probably have to post it as a front-page article. Non-news on slashdot. This must be the first time that's happened.

Page hasn't changed since 1999/2000 (2, Interesting)

reality-bytes (119275) | about 10 years ago | (#10359765)

I'm fairly certain that the page hasn't changed since 1999/2000 ish.

I wouldn't hold out any hope for Elite 4 in the nearest future.

Re:Urmmm .. Information please (1)

MasterDirk (659057) | about 10 years ago | (#10360633)

I was wondering why the largest Norwegian newspaper was running a story on the (supposedly) imminent release of Elite4, as the pages haven't changed a bit since they released that dog-demo (about 2002?)

Now I see the same story, with the same lack of content on slashdot. What's up, nothing happening out there?

I think I'll go back to playing with worldwind or celestia (google them, you lazy person), and stop hoping for a remake of a once-great-but-sadly-mothballed-franchise.

And will you all stop using worldwind so I can get the server to respond!?

is it?! (2, Funny)

thhamm (764787) | about 10 years ago | (#10356754)

hey. dont ever post this again. ive got a weak heart you know. :)

well, one good hope a day is not that bad i guess. though its smashed in a matter of seconds.

Pfeh. (5, Interesting)

Kwil (53679) | about 10 years ago | (#10356928)

Try for a decent Elite sequel

Re:Pfeh. (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 10 years ago | (#10357506)

no offence but hardwar kinda sucks.
and the design/html on that site too.

x2: the threat.. now there's a decent game.

X2 != great (1)

StupidKatz (467476) | about 10 years ago | (#10360205)

The stars in X2 are laid out like a city grid. The prog is loaded with crappy DRM drivers (yes, DRIVERS) that can screw up a system and nuke USB drives. The acting is half-assed at best. The systems are also laid out on a horizontal plane.

Sorry, but Hardwar is (still is) a much, much better game than X2: the Threat.

I Can't Wait (1)

thegrassyknowl (762218) | about 10 years ago | (#10358300)

Elite is still one of my fav games, and I keep it inside UAE on my laptop so I can play it anywhere. Admittedly it's a bit slow in the emulator 'cos the laptop isn't the fastest machine, but it's great none-the-less.

I can't wait to see the latest and greatest sequel to it. I don't think they'll ever be able to hold up to the quality and gameplay of the original though. As with many games, much of the design effort now goes into the graphics, sound and cut scene videos. Nowhere near as much goes into the gameplay as it used to, or (IMHO) needs to.

All that said, I'm still waiting for it; I really hope it can be as great as the original.

Re:I Can't Wait (1)

Radical Rad (138892) | about 10 years ago | (#10366892)

I had Elite for the C64 and it was extremely cool at the time because of the wireframe 3d graphics. But to be honest after the excitement of 3d wore off and the dogfights started to get a little old, I didn't see much reason to continue playing. There was no higher purpose than to just wander about the galaxy accumulating wealth. Or was there something more that I just overlooked?

Re:I Can't Wait (1)

thegrassyknowl (762218) | about 10 years ago | (#10368140)

I had Elite for the Amiga and that was about it. The 3D graphics were better than the C64 because they were "shaded" and filled instead of wireframe. I tried the C64 version a bit after I started the Amiga version... I didn't even know it existed until I saw the Amiga version... It was just as great - specially for such a low power machine to do such cool 3d.

It was just a cool game that never seems to wear out. It was simple, had great graphics for its time and required a little bit of skill to get past the first hyperspace jump.

I submitted something about this (5, Informative)

Pluvius (734915) | about 10 years ago | (#10359966)

It was a few days ago; it got rejected, I'm guessing because the main bit of information was one of those annoying registration-required articles.

Anyway, David Braben was interviewed recently by Computer and Video Games. He actually gave some details on Elite IV:

  • It will have first- and third-person combat in addition to the usual space exploration.
  • It was originally conceived as an MMOG but Braben decided against it because of what he felt were "weaknesses in the Internet infrastructure" (paraphrased). There will still be LAN-style MP in addition to the single-player, though.
  • A major part of the game will be the lifelike, interactive characters that exhibit group dynamics and realistic animation.

You can take a look [] for yourself if you don't mind registering.


Re:I submitted something about this (0)

KDR_11k (778916) | about 10 years ago | (#10361211)

Oh, and it will have all of the features of Battlecruiser 3000AD...

No reg required (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10361462)

I viewed that article without logging in or anything.

Very informative, thanks!

The headline is still wrong though, here is what he says:

"It's still a long way off..." he smiles unapologetically, "but you have to understand that I have high expectations for Elite IV. I don't want to release something that's rubbish to play. It's been such a long time since the last Elite that it has to be just right - and I'm more conscious of that than anyone."

The first elite was excellent (1)

MemoryDragon (544441) | about 10 years ago | (#10362443)

Freeform 3d play on 8 bit computers, a true milestone and the base of all trade freeform space games. The basic gaming conepts are still used up to nowadays. The problem was the later Elites which were bug ridden and error prone and sometimes outright horrible. I hope the new one will not have these problems, since it faces a tough competition of really good games which already have used the same playstyle over and over again.

Eve Online (1)

gingerTabs (532664) | about 10 years ago | (#10364190)

If you're after a spiritual sequel to Elite then you can't do much worse than check out eve online ( They're in the process of a massive content update introducing the ability for players to build, own and maintain their own stations amongst other things.

It also has a very healthy PVP element, with player alliances controlling lawless space through sheer force of arms.

I don't work for ccp (the devs) but have given over a significant portion of the last 18 months to them as a subscriber.

Check it out.

Elite 4 Release Date is Annouced.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10364532)

...and it is one day after Duke Nukem Forever is released.

I'll believe it when I see... (1)

diseasesofseamen (816416) | about 10 years ago | (#10366094)

...Starflight 3, Fallout 3, and Wasteland 2 come out. But by then, at 185, I will be too old to move the mouse. Hopefully, my feeble brainwaves will be up to the task.

Re:I'll believe it when I see... (1)

DarkGreenNight (647707) | about 10 years ago | (#10372750)

Haven't you heard about Beteshda (well, the makers of Morrowind, whatever their name is) and how they bought the rights to do Fallout 3?

Get out from under that rock ;)

try X2 from egosoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10390842)

Get 'X2 - The Threat' - it has everything I wanted the original Elite to do (I've been following this game type since I got Elite on the original BBC Micro version).

Awesome graphics, multiple ships (including massive destroyers and carriers), weapons, ship systems etc., trading, fighting, mining.

You can get the playable demo from play=demo [] (137MB!)
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