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Elite Systems is a UK video game developer and publisher established in 1984 as Richard Wilcox Software. They are best known for producing home computer conversions of popular arcade games. Elite also published games under the budget re-release labels Encore and Hit-Pak.
Under the name Richard Wilcox Software, only one title was published: Blue Thunder for the ZX Spectrum, Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64. In August 1984, the group was relaunched under the name Elite Systems, expanding the team to include graphic designers Rory Green and Jon Harrison; programmers Neil A. Bate, Chris Harvey, Andy Williams and Stephen Lockley; administrators Paul Smith and Pat Maisey; and Wilcox's brother Steve handled sales and marketing. Their first release under the new Elite Systems label was Kokotoni Wilf, which also carried the first of their anti-counterfeiting holograms on the cassette inlay card.
By 1986, the team were hiring freelancers and developing many home computer licenses of arcade machines. Ghosts 'n Goblins, for example, was converted to the Spectrum by freelance programmer Nigel Alderton and graphics designer Karen Trueman, plus Elite's regular team. The Aldridge-based headquarters housed a row of arcade cabinets for games that were being converted. Their hardware had been hacked so the team could analyse the games to ensure an accurate, licensed conversion.
At the 1986 Golden Joystick Awards, Elite was awarded "Software House of the Year" by Computer & Video Games magazine. In 1989 it got a "Game of the Year" award for Paperboy by the British software industry. Converted by Neil Bate, Chris Harvey and Jon Harrison, with the BBC Micro and Atari ST versions produced by a second Andy Williams who joined the company in 1986.
Around 2003, with the rise in the popularity of mobile games, Elite began to publish mobile games, with a focus on mobile conversions of classic games. Elite has also developed and published some new games, such as AVP.
List of mobile games
- All-new Paperboy - In Development
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Atlantis Quest
- Double Dragon EX
- Star Warriors
- Alien vs. Predator
- Chuckie Egg
- Puzzle with choice