I want to love this and I really do wish him the best of luck with the project as I've lost weeks playing all of the elite games, but there's almost no information on the kickstarter page. There's only a bit on procedural generation which I'm sure he's mastered, and the bit about networking code which I don't care about.
The concept of elite in itself is solid, though. I don't see the 4x aspect in it, it's more about the exploration and freedom.
On topic, this looks just like a sneaky way of polling public opinion on the game, don't be surprised if he takes the kickstarter down and then restarts it when/if he has something to show.
I know Elite holds a special place for a lot of people here, but I'm really not convinced Braben can deliver on this. He's made periodic claims to be working on Elite 4 for years, yet doesn't even have some concept art or a screenshot for the kickstarter?
The Outsider had publisher backing and was eventually canned two years after it was supposed to be released. I remember reading previews for an Elite-style space game in PC Gamer years ago that I thought he was part of (though I may be wrong). He and his development studio haven't produced anything notable since Frontier, and I find it hard to blame that entirely on unreceptive publishers.
It was certainly a bold decision to go up against Star Citizen, especially when Star Citizen has very impressive tech demos. In all honesty, I'll be surprised if this one makes it. It has a big name, and but Braben hasn't had a recognizable PC hit in a while (Raspberry Pi is pretty cool, but I think it targets a different audience). It asks for a ton of money, has terrible tier rewards (70 pounds to access a forum?), has no video, has no FAQ, and is competing in genre which saw games with actual tech demos fail (Skyjacker and Nexus 2). Also, if it has been worked on by a skunk-works style team, where is the concept art, let alone game engine?
Bad timing. Hope the Updates will be fine so it can make it. I mean, srsly, it's Elite. Maybe the text is enough in the end. Who knows?
People have hankered after an updated (and working) Elite for years and Braben has done zip about it (aside from trade of the goodwill peole have towards it). Now suddenly kickstarter is here and he interested again? Also £1.2 million seems like a hell of a lot of money for what essentially is going to be a reskin by the sounds of it. I suspect most of that cash will be paying for a new house in the country or some such, whilst a couple of code monkeys knock it out over a long weekend.
I think I'll pass until there's something more substantial than a logo on show.
Simon Roth (the guy behind Maia) is a former employee of Frontier and his twitter feed is currently straining not to explode and unveil apparent management incompetence behind the scenes at Frontier. A lot of other former employees appear to feel the same way.
Guessing this is mainly a marketing thing - Frontier Developments is not a backroom operation (I know an animator who works there). I'm sure they have access to the finance if they need it (and presumably it will be mostly traditionally financed, 1.2mil isn't exactly a big budget).
Also: yay! Elite and Frontier consumed far to much of my youth.
Checks kickstarter page.
Indeed, I want more space sims, and would throw money at it, but at least give me a reason. Tell me what the hell I'd be getting?
TLDR: get over your baggage, and move on already.
if Bell was involved I might consider backing it.
Braben's Frontier games left much to be desired, clunky, bloated and missing the point why Elite was so successful. It was first and foremost a simple space combat game with trade thrown in, in an seemingly openended universe. Main problem I have with all the "sequels" and "spiritual successors" is that added too much stuff, so you didnt have enough time to actually do the fun part wich was blowing up ships and making money.
so Im on the wait-and-see side. meanwhile Im eagerly awaiting Bell's kickstarter, maybe Darkness falls? http://www.christianpinder.com/games/