Since his death, Terry Pratchett has received heartfelt condolences and dedications from around the world, and now Elite: Dangerous has joined that motion by dedicating an in-game starport to Pratchett’s memory. Called Pratchett’s Disc, the starport is designed to recall the world of his popular fantasy series, Discworld. Executive producer on Elite: Dangerous, Michael Brookes, says that, “At Frontier we have a great many Pratchett fans on staff and we were all saddened to learn of his passing.”
“The sentiment was reflected by our community so we felt it would be right to remember him in Elite: Dangerous.”
Pratchett’s always had a great relationship with those who make games and technology; he was actively involved in the design and development of games based on his material, such as was the case with the first text adventure, Colour of Magic, and the popular point-and-click adventure games bearing the Discworld title.
Elite: Dangerous joins another geeky dedication where enterprising souls have added a tribute to sites capable of generating custom web headers. Called XClacksOverhead — in reference to the telegraph-like clacks system in Going Postal — the code inserts the message, “GNU Terry Pratchett” into web headers, ensuring his memory lives on invisibly in the code of the Internet.