Elite Dangerous: Odyssey will be launching tomorrow, 19th May 2021, for PC, having successfully navigated its way through its five week Alpha testing phase. The expansion will be out for consoles later this year.
The Odyssey expansion is focussed on filling in the blanks of planetary exploration, adding on-foot adventuring alongside the vehicular traversal that you could previously do. Odyssey lets players step outside their ships on planets with light atmospheres to explore, trade and fight, and take on missions together or alone.
All of this is integrated with the full scale representation of the Milky Way featured in Elite Dangerous, a game which is owned by 12 million people.
David Braben, Frontier’s CEO and founder said, “This is the next step in what has already been an incredible journey and labour of love with Elite Dangerous since the Kickstarter over eight years ago. The team have pulled off a fantastic achievement here across a mind-bending scale – from the detail within a human footprint to the vast distances across stellar systems and beyond is breathtaking, in a rich, detailed and accurate recreation of the Milky Way in 1:1 scale.
“For me it is not just the detailed exploration and combat, but the gothic beauty of watching stars, planets, moons, moons-of-moons rise and fall or slowly pirouette in their often complex paths in the night sky, while each tiny dot or nebula in that sky is really there and can be visited.”
The expansion is priced at £29.99/$39.99/€34.99. Players have also been able to spend a bit more now to get access to the Alpha, though that’s nearly at the end, so the main perk of the £39.99/$54.99/€46.99 Deluxe Edition is the soundtrack.
Here’s our Elite Dangerous: Odyssey preview from the midst of the Alpha test.
Source: press release