Frontier Developments is close to finalising the technology that will power Elite 4, the long-awaited sequel to boss David Braben's space adventure series.
Braben confirmed the news during a talk at the Develop conference today.
He said that the game itself "had not been forgotten" and that it would be released after his political adventure game epic The Outsider is released next year.
He admitted that the game itself, which he has repeatedly made refernece to in interviews for the past few years, has had a stop-start production as Frontier keeps testing technology and then rejecting it.
Braben described Elite 4 as a "really amibitious project" but confirmed there was a team actively working on it in order to get it right.