Classic Elite

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Elite
Elite plaincover.jpg
Developer Ian Bell
David Braben
Publisher Acornsoft
Firebird
Torus
Microprose
Telecomsoft
Hybrid
Latest version Elite
Elite Plus
ArcElite
Release date(s) 1984
Platform(s) BBC Micro
Acorn Electron
Commodore 64
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Amstrad CPC
Apple ][
IBM PC
Atari ST
Amiga
MSX
Tatung Einstein
NES
Acorn Archimedes

Elite is a seminal space trading computer game, originally published by Acornsoft in 1984 for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron computers and subsequently ported to many others. The game's title derives from one of the player's goals to raise their combat rating from Harmless, through Mostly Harmless, Poor, Average, Above Average, Competent, Dangerous, Deadly, before reaching the exhalted heights of Elite.

Elitebox.jpg
The BBC version of the game originally came on cassette in a box - this is a photo of the front and back. The box included a wall chart for identifying ships, a copy of The Dark Wheel novella and a manual.
Start-up screen for Classic Elite on BBC micro, Disk version (1984)
Firebird's quite original Elite ads as seen in Zzap!64


The authors

For the time (1983) it was relatively unusual to have more than 1 author for a game, but David Braben and Ian Bell realized they were working on similar projects and collaborated whilst undergraduates at Cambridge to produce Elite.

Elite's creators at the time of launch in 1984
See how David Braben and Ian Bell created Elite, by watching the documentary Brits Who Made The Modern World.

See also


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