Pioneer is an open source remake of the classic Frontier: Elite II but the developers are taking it to the next level by continuously updating and adding new features.

The project was founded by Tom Morton, a developer known for reverse engineering FE2 to allow OpenGL rendering. Most of the team and contributors behind Pioneer have a history with FE2 which makes the project kind of an ongoing love letter to the classic game.

Notable features:

  • A scripting system for adding new features and custom systems
  • An entire galaxy with billions of locations to explore and see
  • Trading and combat
  • Realistic physics including orbital mechanics
  • Free and open source

Download Pioneer here