Elite: Dangerous may not have much in common with Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, but that hasn’t stopped developer Frontier from paying tribute to the esteemed author, who sadly passed away last week.
In a patch which went live earlier today, Frontier has added a new spaceport to its popular space-based game. Its name? Pratchett’s Disc.
“At Frontier we have a great many Pratchett fans on staff and we were all saddened to learn of his passing,” explained Executive Producer Michael Brooks to UK gaming site Eurogamer. “The sentiment was reflected by our community so we felt it would be right to remember him in Elite: Dangerous.
“For me personally, Terry Pratchett was one of very few authors whose books I could buy without needing to read a review or even ask what the story was about. His talent for social commentary, humour, unforgettable characters and vivid worlds not only provided joy as a reader, but inspiration as a writer.”
Pratchett, who for decades delighted fans with his satirical novels, sadly passed away last week at the age of 66 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Despite being burdened with the disease, he continued to write up until his death – his final book will be published post-mortem later this year.