Hi! I heard about this through Chris Roberts' KS project, Star Citizen: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous You might want to check this project out before it's too late - the deadline is Jan 4. An excerpt from their game description: --- Our galaxy. Its an awe inspiring, beautiful, vast place; with billions of star systems, planets, moons and asteroid fields just waiting to be explored, and exploited. The triumverate superpowers of the Empire, Federation and Independents dominate their core system volumes and constantly skirmish to outmaneouver one another on their frontiers. Outside their influence, in the vast majority of the galaxy, anarchy reigns supreme and spectacular discoveries await the bold. Fight, trade, hunt your way across a giant galaxy of billions of star systems, starting with a basic starship and a few credits. You can make money from trading goods between the many star systems, by destroying pirate ships (and collecting bounty), or even by attacking traders and collecting their cargo (which in turn will get a bounty on your head!). There will be missions too, and exploration. Most people will do some combination of these things. Upgrade your ship and specialise in one activity - have a trader with a huge cargo bay, or use the space for weapons and maneuverability. Real Freedom - Go where you like, be what you like - pirate, bounty hunter, trader, assassin, or some mix of all of these. Trade - Buy low, cross dangerous space lanes, evade or destroy pirates en route, then sell high, if you make the journey! Fight - Take on the pirates or be one yourself Progress - Get your pilot rating all the way from "Harmless" to "Elite" Explore - Head out to the far reaches of space and discover amazing sights And the best part - you can do all this online with your friends, or other "Elite" pilots like yourself, or even alone. The choice is yours... --- I'm dying to see what comes out of this. The author is a big celebrity in the European computer game scene, one of the pioneers of computer gaming in fact. Should be interesting and definitely should live up to their promises...so if you're interested, please consider making a pledge!