and Ian Bell
were the original authors of the first Elite
back in the 80s. Braben made this third game without giving Bell credit or royalties for the space ships and other ideas he created that were reused. Bell had to sue Braben for payment.
Frontier: First Encounters
was originally intended to be an add-on disk for the second game, Frontier: Elite II
. However, because they rushed that game, its engine could not handle expansion disks effectively. The engine was rewritten and the game was released standalone. Unfortunately, it was also rushed and filled with numerous bugs that made its initial release unplayable.
Information also contributed by
- PC Player (Germany)
- Issue 01/1996 - Most Annoying Bugs in 1995