Frontier

Frontier: Elite II was the eagerly awaited sequel to the original Elite and was written by David Braben and published by GameTek in 1993. The music was produced by David Lowe.

The development of Frontier was a massive undertaking which took five years to complete. Even then the publisher released the game too early as a number now well documented bugs made it into the initial released versions. David began programming Frontier on the Commodore 64, but then later moved development onto an Amiga computer which had far less limitations than the Commodore 64.

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The Orbis Space Station now seen in the latest incarnation of the franchise, Elite: Dangerous was introduced in Frontier. The station design is a tribute to the movie 2001 - A Space Odyssey. 

Frontier was available on a number of popular machines at the time including the Commodore Amiga, Commodore Amiga CD32, Atari ST, and IBM PC and compatibles. Depending on the machine, it was available on 3 1/2 inch floppy disk and CD-ROM. In an unusual move given the data storage capacity of the CD-ROM, GameTek simply decompressed the 700kB game disk to its original 900kB size and pressed it to CD-ROM for those releases. The data on the second Data Disk was not included on the CD-ROM or indeed even with the CD-ROM version at all.

Like Elite, Frontier was available in a number of languages including German, French and Portuguese.

British and European boxes were approximately 7 1/4" by 11 1/4" in size. Those produced in the USA were slightly larger in size being approximately 7 3/4" by 11 3/4". Although larger than their European counterparts, the USA boxes contained the same material.

Excepting the USA versions, GameTek used the same box for each language variant of Frontier and applied a sticker to the bottom left of the front of the box indicating the platform and media type. 

Frontier: Elite II was available in the following configurations:
- Commodore Amiga 3.5 inch floppy disk
- Commodore Amiga CD32 CD-ROM
- Atari ST 3.5 inch floppy disk
- IBM PC 3.5 inch floppy disk
- IBM PC CD-ROM

Frontier: Elite II was available in the following languages:
- English
- German
- French
- Portuguese

The Archives hold 13 variants of the above possible combinations including an English Amiga 3.5 inch floppy disk promotional pack.