Elite Platinum!

I am now about to use platinuma word that I take very seriously: BRILLIANT! That word describes a new attempt at a revision of the original Elite quite well. The graphics are exactly the way they should be for a game that brings back the nostalgia of the original Elite, though they are updated for the latest video technology. Not only that, but Christian Meyer gives us the added realism of star systems with multiple planets! Some systems have up to 7 planets with many of them having space stations orbiting them!

This game was originally being produced by a team of two brilliant programmers, Jens Barleau and Christian Meyer. Unfortunately, Jens had to leave the project as many real world things kept him from working on the game. As he was also the webmaster for the project, Elite Platinum was about to be without a home. I couldn't let this happen and am more than willing to give Christian the space to upload the game and its revisions.

Click Here to Download Demo Version 1.5 with Diagnostics Feature!

New features include, shading for all objects including planets, ships, and stations. Shadows are placed relative to orientation toward the sun. Diagonistic feature can be activated by typing "DIAGS" on the Elite640 Command Line

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please send E-Mail to Christian Meyer.

Some Screenshots from Demo 1.5

Convoy of transporters escorted by Sidewinders

Navy Anaconda and 2 Raptors

Pirates attacking a trader!

Nice shot of a Dodo Station!

ARRRRRRGH The Thargoids!

The Status Screen

Something really important I think you should know...

Many Elite fans who are also computer programmers have been working on making their own sequels, patches, and revisions to this game. They have asked us, the fans, to be playtesters and to give our suggestions on what would improve them. The number of these projects out there is staggering, making Elite fandom at nearly the same level of diversity as that of Star Trek!

These same people are also a bit afraid of what may happen when their work is done and the programs ready to be released. I only hope that Mr. Bell and Mr. Braben realize that the people working on these ideas are doing it not to show the original creators up or stiff them out of cash, but because they love the game and want to pay their own special tributes to it. If I had a better knack at programming, I think I'd be doing the same thing. As I'm a professional musician and I spend upwards of 8 hours a day playing my axe, all I can do is offer my suggestions to these programmers.

Elite Re-Makes

The Elite Project Page

Take the Elite universe and then send everything about 50 to 100 years into the future (as if 3250 wasn't far enough ahead!). The concept is based almost exclusively on Frontier and First Encounters as they are stressing Newtonian space flight' as opposed to the original modified "Airplane in Space" type of control. This game is operating under the idea of mankind heading off into a completely new area of space and new political groups showing up. In fact, it could very quickly become completely un-related to Elite by simply changing a few names. Though, it's still based on the concept of being a lone star pilot out on your own and trying to make a name for yourself. I have even become a part of the team (for offering some of my original compositions as part of the background music to the game.)

Anti-Matter Productions

This small group of game designers are putting together an original Elite-type game called Millennium 3: Future's end. The concept is similar, but everything else, including the flight engine, is different. The ship designs are pretty cool too and the graphics are quite impressive (though they sure to put my P233 to the test! Sadly, this game has stopped being worked on for now. Hopefully, the programmer will come back and finish it up soon, but until then, all we can do is wait patiently.

Elite: The New Kind

Christian Pinder (Another Elite remake programmer named Christian? What are the odds?) has finally completed a reverse-engineering of the source code to the original BBC Elite! In addition to completing this difficult task, he has souped up the graphics so we have actual colored shapes and not just line art that you can see the stars through. Anyone who wants to get into the nostalgia of playing the original Elite on a modern PC can now only dream about what it was like since David Braben decided to make the ridiculous demand that the game NOT be available for download anymore.

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