Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier Developments has paid tribute to veteran sci-fi and fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, who died last week aged 66 after a long battle with alzheimer's disease.
To make way for update 1.2.05 today, Elite: Dangerous' servers went down today and among the changes listed in the patch notes is: "Added Pratchett's Disc starport."
This is a reference to Pratchett's Discworld series.
Contacted by Eurogamer, executive producer Michael Brookes commented, "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.
"For me personally, Terry Pratchett was one of very few authors whose books I could buy without needing to read a review or even ask what the story was about. His talent for social commentary, humour, unforgettable characters and vivid worlds not only provided joy as a reader, but inspiration as a writer."
While Pratchett is mostly known for his Discworld novels, he also ventured into sci-fi with The Dark Side of the Sun, Strata, and The Long Earth series. Several of Pratchett's works were also adapted into video games.