Elite IV Winging To PS3, Xbox 360
Okay, if you're under the age of 30, you may not appreciate the name in question (although you may have played a few of the sequels).
According to TheSixthAxis, it has apparently been confirmed that Elite IV is headed to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. David Braben himself - co-creator of the original Elite - introduced the game, and it comes as a bit of a surprise to those of us who recall that title from the BBC Micro days. Yes, the BBC Micro; it was a computer, kiddies. As for Elite, it was published by Acornsoft in 1984 and it was a space adventure where players would attempt to gain the rank of "elite." As Wikipedia tells us (seriously, go read), Elite "was one of the first home computer games to use wireframe 3D graphics with hidden line removal." It was incredibly innovative at the time and it even boasted an open-ended game style the likes of which we really hadn't seen before; in turn, it has influenced countless designers. We may never have seen the likes of Freelancer, Wing Commander: Privateer, or Escape Velocity without Elite. It was just one of those benchmark games of the old days, and I can still remember seeing those 3D wireframe images and being all amazed. Of course, I was only about 6 at the time, but even so... It remains emblazoned in my memory.
We don't know when Elite IV will be coming to the PS3 and 360, but we get the feeling that old-school aficionados are already perking their ears for more info.
Related Game(s): Elite IV
6/16/2009 Ben Dutka