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Classic game Elite to return courtesy of Kickstarter

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Elite, among the best-loved computer games in history, could be set to make a return thanks to Kickstarter.

Elite creator David Braben and his company Frontier Developments have set up a page on the crowd-funding service for “Elite: Dangerous”, which he describes as “an amazing space epic with stunning visuals, incredible gameplay and breath-taking scope”. Braben, who more recently has been busy working on the Raspberry Pi, is seeking a total of £1.25m, and at the time of writing has achieved almost £270,000 in backing. There are 59 days left for him to accrue the rest.

The original Elite and its sequel are among the best-loved video games in history. Elite is often thought of as the first “open world” game: it created a world (or rather a galaxy) and allowed the player to live in it as he or she saw fit. Players could travel around the Milky Way in customisable spaceships trading, looting or otherwise making a living.

Elite: Dangerous will follow the same model but with much higher quality graphics and sound, plus the ability for multiplayer. Should the company receive sufficient backing, it plans to release the game in March 2014 for the PC.

Are you excited that Elite is set to return, helmed by the creator of the original game? Will you be backing Elite: Dangerous? Let us know below.

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