Looks like the new Adder has made it out into the Elite world. I concepted the little fellow up to this stage during Elite:Dangerous’ development.
» Xavier « had just finished putting the large, broad design strokes to each of the shipyard’s visual language and I picked up the Zorgon Peterson line hoping to push what we had in a more interesting and clear direction.
The Adder after getting to the previous stage, it still looked terrible and required an overhaul to give us something that felt like a bit more of an interesting craft capable of a bit more varied and plausible flight style (the new delta shape a nod to atmospherics). I kept looking mainly at the original elite wireframe and seeing what shapes I could translate through it’s description to a present and plausible craft.
One of the biggest issues with Elite is that everyone sees different shapes in those old wireframes, like seeing images in clouds. Also they generally all resemble box-wedges, and this means they all look very similar, which causes issues in readability, and lets be honest, interest. So I pushed the Adder design out as much as I could, and then got pulled back in again by DB.
The concept design we settled on still has the same big shapes as the adder, with the triangles on top and added some small wing tips that would have been impossible on the wireframes of 1984.
Anyway I like it.