Matthew Smith and Elite join forces for new game

Wallasey, Merseyside and Lichfield, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

Matthew Smith, developer of the legendary games ‘Manic Miner’ and ‘Jet Set Willy’ and Elite, one time Golden Joysticks’ ‘Software House of the Year’, have announced that they are to co-operate in the development and publication of a new game. ‘Jet Set Willy’, Smith’s last game for former publisher Software Projects, was first published almost 30 years.

‘Manic Miner’ and ‘Jet Set Willy’ are the first two games in Matthew Smith’s ‘Miner Willy’ trilogy, which was first announced in 1983. Matthew Smith is also the developer behind 1980s mega-game, ‘MegaTree’.

Elite is arguably the UK’s oldest continually-operating, developer and publisher of computer and video game software, having being co-founded in England in 1984 by Steve and Richard Wilcox and their father, Brian.

For the last two and a half years, Smith’s earlier games have been exclusively republished by Elite and are now available on the App Store for iPhone (from here and here) and for iPad (from here and here), on the Windows Phone Store (from here and here), on the Xbox (from here and here), on the Amazon App Store for the Kindle Fire HD (from here and here) and most recently on Google Play, featuring Gree support, for the Galaxy SIII (from here and here).

A further announcement will be made here, on a date to be announced.

This announcement has been authorized by:

Steve Wilcox            Matthew Smith
Director, Elite           Executive Producer



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18 thoughts on “Matthew Smith and Elite join forces for new game

  • Gryzor87 says:

    Thank you Matthew! WE LOVE YOU!!
    You can make us dream with the magic of the legendary british platform games you created.

    Cheer up!

  • Harri says:

    Hooray! \o/ Can’t wait!
    Is it a Speccy game? :-)

  • In a word… Legend!

  • Abid Hussain says:

    Please tell us it’s a miner willy game.

  • mat says:

    Oh my god! This is amazing news!

    Please make a Linux version!

  • Hi
    Idea idea
    For both manic miner and jet set
    Bring it up to date.
    3d manic miner could be based on a crash bandicoot
    Set up
    And jet set workable on a doom engine
    I have so many ideas
    It’s unreal
    Why hasn’t it been done. Why !!!!

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  • Arne O2 says:

    Really exciting news

  • Gordon Miller says:

    Really exciting news. Got my hopes up for Miner Willy Meets the Taxman, but whatever it is I absolutely can’t wait.

  • This is excellent news. It’s great to see Matthew back in the saddle, so to speak. I look forward to his new game with much interest and some excitement!

  • Rob Cottam says:

    I want to meet Matthew Smith! I’m writing Android apps (I did some 8 bit work for Ocean in the old days) and am in Merseyside. I want to have an ice cream in New Brighton too! Come on Matthew – drop me a line!

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  • Dasse says:

    As an huge collector of Manic Miner & Jet Set Willy games and all stuff around it, its just like a dream to hear about this.. really hope it will be something at the end!

    Cheers from Sweden!

  • Filip Dreger says:

    After reading this post I immediately jumped to Google Play to buy both Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy (I play them both on an emulator). But I have not and I will not, because both the games require permissions to read my contacts and phone logs!

    I love MM and JSW, but allowing a game to read the history of my phone calls and give it full access to my contacts list would be insane.

    Also, I am a bit surprised: I would associate such requirements with games coming from big corporations, not games by someone who used to live in a commune.

  • nomenLuni says:

    The legend returns! Go get ‘em Smithy…

  • Dave Griffiths says:

    Can’t wait

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