Frontier boss David Braben has posted an update in regards to Elite: Dangerous’ Odyssey expansion on console and it’s not good news, all console development has been cancelled.
Here is his statement:
Elite Dangerous is a game close to my heart.
It’s no secret that Odyssey’s launch was less than ideal, including the need to split the PC/console player base to focus on a PC-only launch. Since Odyssey’s release in May 2021, we have worked tirelessly to improve the Odyssey experience on PC, and whilst we have made great progress there is still more to be done. We have been supporting the pre-Odyssey and post-Odyssey codebases since.
Over the last several months, we have been wrestling with the best way to move forward, and it is with a heavy heart we have decided to cancel all console development. We need to be able to move forward with the story of the game, and in order for us to do this we need to focus on a single codebase. Elite Dangerous will continue on console as it is now together with critical updates, but we will focus on new content updates on PC on the post-Odyssey codebase.
We appreciate this news is not what our console community were hoping for. This was not an easy decision to make, but it was made with the long-term future of Elite Dangerous in mind.
With regards to what is coming next in Elite Dangerous, we look forward to sharing further news in due course.
Elite: Dangerous Odyssey was not in great shape when it launched on PC and only scored 5/10 in our review. “Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is an ambitious addition to the Elite formula that doesn’t quite hit the highs it should,” said Thomas.
“It instead serves as a preview of what the game may be like in 6 or 12 months from now, and is hard to recommend as it currently is. Personally? I’d wait and see how Frontier Developments improves the game. Let’s face it, there’s still plenty to explore in Horizons. ”