Elite 4 (sometimes written Elite IV) is a video game proposed by Frontier Developments, specifically by David Braben. As of 2009, the game is under development for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Braben has stated the game will be released "when it's ready".
Elite 4 will be the third sequel to 1984's Elite, a game that Braben and his former associate, Ian Bell, wrote for the BBC Micro computer, and which was ported to most other platforms of the day. The first two sequels, Frontier: Elite II and Frontier: First Encounters, were released in the 1990s, after Braben and Bell had had an acrimonious falling out. David Braben has stated production of Elite 4 is ready to begin after the release of The Outsider. During a lecture in June, 2009, Braben confirmed that Elite IV will be available on multiple console platforms, as well as on PC. Frontier's information page for the game notes that Elite IV is a provisional title
In November 2006, GameSpot conducted an interview with David Braben in which the subject of Elite 4 came up. Braben revealed that Elite 4 began and ceased development as an MMORPG in 2000, abandoned due to the immaturity of technology for online play. When asked if the game would ever be released, Braben responded "We will do Elite 4 after Outsider, so it will benefit from everything we've done in Outsider." Braben repeated this claim in a Game Theory Show podcast in August 2007.
During an interview with Computer and Video Games in September 2007, Braben revealed that Frontier Developments is currently working on new technologies required to deliver the game, and has been for two years.
At the Gamecity International Interactive Entertainment Festival 2007 event in Nottingham UK, it was revealed that Braben and Frontier Developments are aiming to have Elite 4 released for the current generation of gaming consoles and PC. Also at the event, Braben, during an interview about courses teaching game development in the UK, revealed that Frontier Developments is recruiting staff to work on their current projects, including Elite 4.
At the 2008 Game Developers Conference in Germany, David Braben hinted that an announcement regarding the game's release would come in 2008. Braben stated that the new version "would certainly need a better interface, or at least one which is easier to use for modern gamers."
In 2009, in an interview with the BBC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original game, Braben confirmed that the game was still in development, saying, "We'd be mad not to go back to the world of Elite and I'm very excited about it," and adding that it would be released only "when its ready."