Mat Bettinson over at UKgamer.co.uk has published an editorial where he discusses what he'd want to be the "Ultimate Elite." "Elite" was a classic game that predated Wing Commander and featured Privateer-style gameplay. It's a long article, so you can find his conclusion below. If you'd like to read it for yourself you can find the editorial here. Again, many thanks to A Talent For War for reporting this first.
It's about damn time massively multiplayer came to the Sci-Fi genre and what BETTER than the ultimate space opera? Think about it, it's perfectly suited to starting out by yourself, poxy little space ship - 100 credits to your name. In time your entire clan could chip in money and colonise an entire new system! You could charge passes by for services or build enough factories and earn enough money to pay for enough new hardware to launch a full scale war against another band of players. C'mon, that's got to appeal doesn't it? All it needs is vision! EverQuest? Bollocks. Elite Online. You know it makes sense.