If you we’re ever in doubt that Elite 4 was never going to happen, that Frontier Developments haven’t been working on this project for years, then take a look at these images! Obviously Frontier have been planning this project for a long time and these are just the latest concept artworks to be posted to their Kickstarter page!
These models are looking pretty impressive…this is not something they’ve knocked up in a few days. It really goes to show that Frontier Developments have been working on Elite 4 for quite sometime.
The FAQ on the Kickstarter page has a few tidbits of what we can expects in the game;
- MMO? Yes, the game will be a Massive Multiplay Online game
- Will you have Newtonian physics in the game? Yes. The degree of the fly-by-wire to override the feeling of skidding is something we will carefully tune.
- Will I be able to speed up time? No, not in the sense that “Frontier” allowed you to travel huge distances in a short period of time. Instead we plan to use ‘local hyperspace’ travel. This is because time has to stay locked between the players (otherwise multiplayer doesn’t work).
- Will space be blue? No, it will be black, with a rich, realistic-looking star field and other background objects. The reason I had the background blue in “Frontier” was so that the planets could be seen as dark against a brighter background – but on some people’s screens it looked awful. It was supposed to reflect the rich mass of background stars.
Along with the artwork there is a video presentation from David Braben talking about the history of the game and what we can expect. When you watch the video, take a careful look at the monitors behind David; you’ll get to see some interesting visuals which are obviously from the game engine! Watch the video over at the ELITE: Dangerous Kickstarter project page.