Elite IV is happening, Frontier boss David Braben has confirmed, but "very slowly".
At GDC this year the legendary British game developer gave us an update on the status of Elite IV, saying "It would be a tragedy," if it were not still on the cards.
David Braben wrote:We're not announcing anything yet. I'm not giving a timescale because that constitutes an announcement. If you announce an announcement, that's an announcement. It's happening, very slowly.
This, to me... well, it's an announcement. Braben is working on Elite IV, which fills me with warm fuzzies, because I loved the original, and only mildly despised the sequel. I got into Eve Online because it promised to be a modern retelling of the original Elite story... so if Elite is going to be a modern retelling of the original Elite story, then I think it's likely to be a win-win situation.
I only hope that "very slowly" doesn't mean "never" - like so many programming projects over the years.