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He's not really going all that far. I have it from a somewhat unreliable source that the new game is based on "Guardians of the Galaxy".

Expect crossover patches for years to come.
I hate to see you leave but am happy for you to take a next step in your career.
Don't be a stranger and just pop in from time to time.

You might not be involved in ED anymore but you're still a fellow commander, that won't change.

Al the best to you.

Can I haz ur axe? :p

Best of luck with the secret project. Looking forward to finding out what it is. You wouldn't happen to have any clues about it would you? An image hidden in a sound file maybe? :D
I shall miss your detailed and impossible to misinterpret answers to ED forum questions.

Mock example:

forum: Michael, are we or are we not going to get atmospheric planets this year?
michael: Yes

On which, Michael ... can you confirm the name of the film franchise you'll be working on please!

(come on ... I've set up that punchline to that with all the subtlety of a Cthulhu Axe)

Hi everyone,

I’ve worked at Frontier now for over 14 years, and in that time I’ve had the pleasure on working on a diverse range of projects. In fact of all the games we’ve released in that time there’s only three I’ve not worked on in some capacity! The most significant of which was Elite Dangerous. Since becoming involved in the Kickstarter, and the subsequent development it’s been a major factor not only in my professional life, but in my social one as well. As with any multi-project company people occasionally move between games, and it’s with great pleasure (and some sadness) that I can let you know that I’m moving onto the secret project we announced a few months ago. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and another game I’m proud to be involved with. While I will miss not being so closely involved in Elite, I’ll still be playing the game regularly and participating in the community where I can – I’m currently making my way to Colonia in my Imperial Courier :)

I should emphasise that this doesn’t affect Elite’s future. Development will continue with its large and active development team. The production team remains exactly the same with a new addition to the production team and they’re all a more than capable crew, and of course David remains a key decision maker for the game. I’m looking forward to 2.4’s release – there’s some very cool stuff in there! And that is nothing compared to what lies further in the future.

I’d also like to thank the community for your involvement. Since the game was first announced it’s been a pleasure to join you in a shared enthusiasm. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you in person, and it’s always a great feeling to appreciate the passion that you have for the game. I think the first Lavecon will always stand out as a key moment, but there have been many others since the game’s release, and it’s always great to see some of the things like epic rescues and community events that take place in our galaxy. I will be attending Lavecon again this year as a fan of Elite and to meet with old friends and the fantastic community. Naturally I’ll keep an eye on the forums and pop in from time to time!

So thanks to you all, and I may see you in the black...


Im real sorry to see you go Mike. You are a great fella, and a clear thinker. I can understand the move. Better that you have new perspective that you can do yourself.

And at DAVID BRABEN: Chris Roberts had a mighty fine point keeping it PC only. You can quote me on that. Enjoy your nice car.
Thanks a lot Michael ; your involvment, your patience and resilience to this forum and all the salt falling down , and for having been a great part in the resurrection of this great game .

All my wishes for your next enterprise , may this new project be a success.


(and don't forget to fly safe when you're back in the black)
I shall miss your injections into the canonn mega-threads. They were always a tease, some of which to this day remain unsolved.

And you brought us this fantastic game, many thanks.

Just one piece of advice for your new role. When confronted by a lot of surly moaning developers, have you tried listening to them? :p
Can it be a coincidence that you're leaving just weeks/months before the Aliens arrive? I'm not saying you're turning brave Sir Robin... but are they that bad?

Actually, he's going back to the mothership to give his report on humanity.

And you thought the Salome debacle was the biggest double cross ever... :eek:
I’m moving onto the secret project we announced a few months ago. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and another game I’m proud to be involved with.

Just saw this. So you are moving on and leaving ED in the mess you created. And so your going to go mess another game up? Really? Sorry to be harsh however your skills do not lie in this area! Wings still doesn't work properly for one! Its unfinished and unpolished with nothing really to do. Epic fail, sadly.
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