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Elite: Dangerous trailer shows a battle between two massive spaceships

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A new video for Elite: Dangerous served in many ways as a proof of concept for the latest installment in the storied space sim franchise, according to the development team.

In the video, two massive capital ships face off in close range with their respective fighters dogfighting in space between them, darting around and even inside the ships' structures.

The video was used as part of the composer selection process for the game, according to the YouTube description, and features work from the winning composer Erasmus Talbot. It also helped the team work on elements of the game itself "such as ship materials, GUI layout and special effects."

Elite: Dangerous was successfully funded on Kickstarter this past January, and is planned for 2014 launch.