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Frontier completes self-publishing transformation

Elite Dangerous creator Frontier Developments says it has no plans to make games for anyone else ever again. The firm, who has made games for the likes of Microsoft, Atari and Amazon, is readying the release of Planet Coaster – a game it considers its second self-published franchise (after Elite). …

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Microsoft sees Xbox One controller sales spike in 2015

Microsoft’s first-party controller revenue has shot up by two-thirds during 2015, according to GfK Chart-Track. The news follows the release of the premium Xbox One Elite Controller, which launched in late October for 120 and quickly sold out across the US and UK. Microsoft has said stock will remain in …

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Xbox One Elite controller will be in short supply until December

Microsoft’s premium game pad for the Xbox One has almost sold out at retail. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller was released last week, costing 120, and includes a range of customisation options and additional features for gamers looking to tweak their playing experience. At over double the standard Xbox One …

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The indie developer taking on the galactic threat of triple-A

I have always wanted to make a sci-fi universe.” Die-hard sci-fi fan and Australian developer Paul Turbett’s dream found itself a reality in complex spaceship-battling PC title Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy. Released by studio Black Lab Games earlier this year to positive reviews, the game allows players to deploy …

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David Braben awarded an OBE

David Braben has been appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. TheBBCreports that the honour was given for his services to the UK’s game and computer industries. Braben, who runs UK developer Frontier, co-created space sim Elite with Ian Bell in 1984, which went on to win huge critical …

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£100 Elite Dangerous Premium Beta begins as Star Citizen stalls

Frontier’s Elite: Dangerous has exited alpha and officially entered premium beta. Presumably the premium beta phase is thus named because entry to it requires a 100 purchase. Normal beta access (to kick off at an as-of-yet unspecified time) costs 50 while a standard game pre-order costs 35 – although there’s …

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