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David Braben

Also Known As

  • D. J. Braben
  • D. Braben

Game Credits


Far: Changing Tides (2022)   (CEO)
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters (2022)   (CEO)
Lemnis Gate (2021)   (CEO)
Struggling (2020)   (CEO)
Planet Zoo (2019)   (CEO and Founder)
Jurassic World: Evolution (2018)   (CEO and founder)
Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection (2017)   (CEO and Founder)
Planet Coaster (2016)   (CEO and Founder)
ScreamRide (2015)   (CEO and Founder)
Tales from Deep Space (2014)   (CEO and Founder)
Zoo Tycoon (2013)   (CEO and Founder)
Kinect Star Wars (2012)   (Chairman & Founder)
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (2011)   (Chairman)
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias (2009)   (Chairman)


Elite: Dangerous (2015)   (Game Director)
Kinectimals: Now with Bears! (2011)   (Executive Producers)
Kinectimals (2010)   (Executive Producer)
LostWinds (2008)   (Executive Producer)
Thrillville: Off the Rails (2007)   (Executive Producer)
Thrillville (2006)   (Executive Producer)
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! (2005)   (Executive Producers)
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! (2005)   (Executive Producers)
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (2004)   (Executive Producers)
Frontier: First Encounters (1995)   (Project Leader)


Alite (2015)   (Alite is inspired by classic Elite)
Elite: Dangerous (2015)   (Original Elite Game (1984-1991))
Darxide EMP (2003)   (Designed By)
Dog's Life (2003)   (Director)
Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo (2003)   (Director)
Elite: The New Kind (2001)   (Original concept)
DarXide (1995)   (Designed by)
Frontier: First Encounters (1995)   (Planet Design)
Frontier: Elite II (1993)   (Game Design and Programming)
Elite Plus (1991)   (Elite Plus by)
Virus (1987)   (Designed by)
Elite (1984)   (Original Game By)


RollerCoaster Tycoon: Gold Edition (2003)   (Xbox programming based on Chris Sawyer's original code by)
V2000 (1998)   (Programming)
Frontier: First Encounters (1995)   (Programming)
Frontier: Elite II (1993)   (Programming)
Campaign (1992)   (Original 3D Shape Display Code)
Conqueror (1988)   (By)
Elite (1984)   (Programmed by)
Elite (1984)   (Authors)


Elite: Dangerous (2015)   (Writers)
Dog's Life (2003)   (Script)
Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo (2003)   (Story)
Frontier: First Encounters (1995)   (Story)


Frontier: First Encounters (1995)   (Shapes)
Frontier: Elite II (1993)   (3D Shape Design )
Conqueror (1988)   (3D Graphics by)


Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo (2003)   (Voice Direction)


Alite (2015)   (Special Thanks to)
Dark Horizon (2008)   (Thanks to)
Campaign II (1993)   (Many thanks to)
Campaign (1992)   (Many Thanks to)
Elite Plus (1991)   (Special Thanks To)
Exile (1991)   (We would also like to thank the following)

Developer Biography

David Braben is the founder of independent game development studios Frontier. In his 23 years in the industry, Braben's contributions include early successes like Elite (written in collaboration with Ian Bell), Zarch, Virus, Frontier; more recently extending the RollerCoaster Tycoon series with Chris Sawyer (also a shareholder in Frontier); creating Dog's Life on PS2 and forming a collaborative partnership with the UK animation studio Aardman Animations to bring the characters of Wallace & Gromit to life in videogames, both in their 2003 outing in Project Zoo, and Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Konami). Braben was the director of the fourth game in the Elite Series, Elite: Dangerous which was released in 2014.

On September 5th, 2005, he was awarded the Development Legend Award at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards in Cambridge, UK.

On 11th August 2009 game dialogue company Phonetic Arts announced that Braben had been appointed to the board of directors.

In 2011 Braben created the Raspberry Pi, a small single board computer initially designed for science education in schools.

Braben has been a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 2012. In 2015 he was awarded the Pioneer - Game Developers Choice Award (GDCA) and the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award.

Last updated: Jan 01, 2019

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