Frontier Elite 2

Frontier Elite II was released in October 1993 as the long-awaited follow-up to Elite. This sequel was written by David Braben, who had co-authored the original Elite. In this new game, numerous new ideas were introduced

There were two galactic superpowers - the Federation and the Empire - who offered commanders military missions according to their combat experience. These missions included deliveries, espionage and bombing raids and could only be achieved by those commanders who had both the combat experience and a sufficiently well equipped ship to cope with the situation

Money could be made more quickly by trading in illegal goods on the black market but this was very risky as the threat of pirate and police activity increased. Other more legal ways of making money included mining precious metals from uninhabited planets and escorting people who advertised on bulletin boards to their chosen star system in custom built cabins on your ship

For the first time, the game was set in the real galaxy, with recognisable star names and systems including the solar system. Also for the first time, players could land on the planets as well as dock at orbital stations, and conduct their business there

Many new ships became available which the player could purchase if they had sufficient funds, giving the opportunity to specialise - in trading, piracy, missions, bounty hunting etc

Your aim? To make money, achieve Elite combat rating, gain promotion in the Federal and Imperial navies, or just have a good time exploring the galaxy

Click on the image to the right to view the complete IBM PC Frontier Elite 2 package

Budget FE2 releases

In early 1995 Gametek re-released Frontier Elite 2 as part of their new Advantage Point budget range. It was produced in the same big "big box" style as the original release. The contents included the manual, the game on CD-ROM, the quick start guide and a software registration card. The gazetteer, fiction book, star poster and t-shirt card all appear to have been omitted.
Closer inspection of the photograph of the original FE2 box reveals that the Konami logo seems to have been coloured out using a marker pen!

Also In 1995 Empire Interactive included Frontier Elite 2 in its Award Winners Platinum Edition compilation of top Commodore Amiga games. The other titles included were Lemmings and Civilization. The instructions were printed in a migraine-inducing booklet where the pages measured a mere 133mm x 120mm, resulting in a typeface which was barely readable. Certainly it was not a patch on the printed matter which accompanied the game on its initial release two years earlier.
In this release, the game was on one floppy disk, not two as before, but this did not hinder the game in any way as the second disk included as part of the original release only contained a few save game positions.
What may have been of greater concern to the purchaser was that the back of the box showed screen shots from the PC version of the game, which featured texture mapping not present on the Amiga version.

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