|Type||Public limited company|
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Frontier: Elite II & Frontier: First Encounters
Wallace and Gromit in Project Zoo & Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
|Website||Frontier Official Site|
Frontier Developments is a video game developer based in Cambridge, England. It is a public limited company and was incorporated in January 1994. The company is headed by David Braben, in the position of CEO.
The company claims Elite, the seminal space sim game by Acornsoft, to be a "Game by Frontier". Upon the company's 2013 sale of shares to the public, it claimed the Elite to be part of its own back catalogue and claimed David Braben to have owned all rights in the game upon assigning them to the company in 2008.
Frontier Developments' first game was First Encounters, second sequel to Elite and direct sequel to largely successful Frontier: Elite II. Development difficulties lead to the cancellation of the version for the Commodore Amiga version, but the version for PC-compatibles was released in 1995 by publisher Gametek. It contained many bugs. After four updates failed to cure the problems, Gametek withdrew the game from sale. Gametek subsequently took legal action  against David Braben claiming losses of over £700,000.
Frontier Developments has been working on a new Elite sequel, under the working title Elite 4, since 1998. The company completed a successful Kickstarter campaign at the end of 2012, where the new sequel's name Elite: Dangerous was revealed. It is planned to be released inside 2014, with backers' alpha confirmed in December 2013.
Frontier Developments has made many other games, including Dog's Life, Thrillville, and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. The company also made games for the Wallace and Gromit franchise, and has released Wallace and Gromit in Project Zoo, and a tie-in game for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. In 2008, Frontier released LostWinds, a launch title for Nintendo's WiiWare platform. It received critical acclaim, scoring 81% on Metacritic. It was followed up with a sequel in 2009, entitled LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, which scored 86% on Metacritic. In 2010, Frontier developed Kinectimals for Microsoft's Kinect controller on the Xbox 360. In 2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures and Kinectimals: Now With Bears were developed, along with ports of LostWinds for iOS and Kinectimals for iOS and Windows Phone. In 2012, Frontier released Coaster Crazy, and started to work on Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter, which successfully closed at the very start of 2013. In 2013, Frontier released Xbox One/Xbox 360 exclusive Zoo Tycoon, published by Microsoft Studios, and will launch backers alpha for Elite: Dangerous in December. Company is also currently working on Coaster Crazy Wii U version.
- "About Page". Frontier Developments. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
- "Games by Frontier".
- "Frontier Developments Admission to Trading on AIM, Selected back catalogue p.12".
- "Frontier Developments Admission to Trading on AIM, IP Assignment Agreement p.101".
- "Gametek v Braben writ".
- "Darxide EMP". Frontier Developments. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
- "Announcing ‘COASTER CRAZY’ – A Brand New Rollercoaster Game". Retrieved 2013-07-08.