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Frontier: Elite II

aka: FE2

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Frontier: Elite II is the sequel to Elite and it continues in much the same way. You have a ship and limited funds, and nowhere to go but out into space. Trade, fight, hunt criminals, work for the various governments, anything goes in Frontier. There are few, if any, limits on what you can do or where you can go. And Frontier's universe (with approx. 100,000,000,000 planets and moons) is so big you'll never see the end of it.

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Other games with planetary flight? BurningStickMan (17926) 2013-06-29 05:18:40
Free release? MrFlibble (17731) 2012-11-19 23:25:58


1001 Video Games

Frontier: Elite II appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


It took David Braben five years to develop Frontier: Elite II. He started programming it on Commodore 64 but eventually continued the development on Amiga computers instead, as the C64 was not only becoming out of fashion, but had way too many technical limitations for this type of game.


The PC version had a huge star map and a coupon for a Frontier: Elite II T-shirt.


  • The docking sequence for spaceships in this game is a near perfect imitation of the one showed in the movie 2001 - A Space Odyssey. The "medium"-sized space station (that is: the "circle" or "ring") is nearly identical to the 2001-Station. You may also listen to the same music (Blue Danube waltz) while docking. In addition to the docking sequence at the space stations. Some of the planet bases are identical to the Moon base in 2001.
  • The PC version of contains a reference to the then upcoming Transport Tycoon. Some of the advertising hoardings in space ports announced "Coming soon... Chris Sawyer's Transport Game" ! Why the connection? Well, Chris Sawyer did the PC conversion of Frontier: Elite II back in 1992/3.


Contrary to many peoples beliefs and circulating rumours, the Thargoids (the superior alien race from the first Elite game) and their ships do NOT exist in Frontier: Elite II, and it is not possible to get the Thargoid ship.

David Braben didn't exactly help killing this rumour when he claimed that there indeed was a Thargoid ship to be found somewhere in the galaxy. No-one has ever found the ship however, and it is believed that this was just a trick by Braben to keep people playing the game.

Frontier: Elite II has been both hacked and modified since it's release by players, programmers and hackers, and even the game program code lacks any trace of a Thargoid race or ship, so it's pretty safe to say that there simply doesn't exist one.

Version differences

  • The CD-ROM version of this game was totally bogus. They just took the disk version (700kb), decompressed it (to then 900kb) and pressed it on a CD. Nothing else. No intro cinematics, simply NO bonus material whatsoever - just the 900kb .exe file on a whole CD. They even "forgot" to add the contents of the second floppy which included five or so savegames which could help beginners a lot.
  • The PC version featured added texture-mapping on some polygons for enhanced graphical details, something which did not exist in the original Amiga version.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – #2 Best Genre Mix in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1995 - Least Quantity of Data on a CD-ROM in 1994
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1994 – Dumbest Copy Protection in 1993
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #20 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

Information also contributed by Brolin Empey, Imajica, phlux, woods01 and xxxxxxxxxxx

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Related Sites +

  • Frontier Astro
    Fanpage with game information, tips and additional materials.
  • Frontier: Elite II
    Frontier: Elite II Frequently Asked Questions (Answers from David Braben)
  • The Elite Club
    Where you can download Frontier: Elite II and Frontier: First Encounters, now released as shareware

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  • MobyGames ID: 802


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by faceless.

Amiga added by Richard Firth. Amiga CD32 added by Kabushi. Atari ST added by Martin Smith.

Additional contributors: Cravo, Rebound Boy, Longwalker, Indra was here, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST, FatherJack.

Game added January 27th, 2000. Last modified May 2nd, 2023.