Elite Dangerous, the third sequel of seminal space trading game Elite, has been successfully funded via Kickstarter.

At the time of writing, the game has raised £1,376,586 (AU$2,116,868) of a £1,250,000 goal thanks to nearly 24,400 backers.

It has 52 hours remaining to hit a £1.4 million stretch goal, which will allow the developers to create a Mac version of the game.

At £1.5 million, an additional 10 playable ships will be added.

“Starting with a few credits and a basic starship, carve your own path through the richest, largest gaming sandbox ever created, set against a backdrop of raw anarchy, galactic powerplays and intrigue,” its Kickstarter reads.

The development of Dangerous is being helmed by original Elite programmer David Braben.

Released in 1984, Elite was hugely influential, defining the space simulation genre. Often credited as the first truly open-ended game, it often features on lists of the all-time greatest video games.