Frontier Developments has confirmed that its next expansion for Elite Dangerous, Odyssey, will be released on May 19th for PC via the Epic Games Store, Steam, and the Frontier Store. The expansion will be priced at £29.99/$39.99/€34.99. Players can spend a bit more now to get access to the Alpha and the soundtrack through the Deluxe Edition which is priced at £39.99/$54.99/€46.99.
Odyssey promises major changes to the game’s rendition of the Milky Way, enabling players to set foot on planets for the first time. It will also be bringing newly enhanced rock and ice planets. Rocky planets will now be covered in more realistic canyons, ridges and barren seas, while ice planets bring with them the risk of cryovulcanism. However, across the board, your interactions with planets will be transformed. Planets will be able to have light atmospheres, tapping into data that Frontier already had for each planet and now presenting it to players. They will also be able to play host to buildings and settlements that are on a “human scale” compared to the scope and size of the planetary bodies that they’re built upon.
Announced last year, Elite: Dangerous: Odyssey was pitched as an “early 2021” release at The Game Awards, but the UK company’s plans have been affected by the ongoing pandemic. The PS4 and Xbox One counterpart of Odyssey will now only arrive in autumn. At the start of March, Frontier released a lengthy look at a pre-alpha version of the Odyssey expansion and the on-foot gameplay that it can enable.
Source: Press Release