It’s a tale of two Elite: Dangerous stories this week: On the one hand, the game has kicked out its new April update, and on the other hand, there’s some new information about a tabletop card game based on the Elite franchise that has risen from the ashes of a seemingly doomed pen and paper Kickstarter campaign.
A company by the name of Spidermind Games had designs to release a tabletop RPG and card game based on Elite: Dangerous, but both of the projects were pulled after rightly running afoul of copyright infringement. The team were reportedly given an ultimatum to prove the product wasn’t meant to infringe on the Elite IP, and the folks at Spidermind were in discussions with the lawyers at Frontier over the matter.
Those talks appear to have since borne fruit: A recent blog post from the game creators has accepted an offer from Frontier Games to have the CCG Elite Battlecards funded directly, provided that there’s evidence that there’s a demand. “We’re so sorry to mess you around, having already pledged to making this game once (or, for some of you, twice!), but can we ask you to put in a pre-order for the game on this website,” asks the post. “We’re keeping the discounted Kickstarter rate for people who pledge early.”
Meanwhile in Elite: Dangerous, the April update that brings a revamped new player experience, an improved Commodity Market, and a couple of new Modules has been put online, the patch notes for which are right here.