Six years on and Frontier’s massive space-truckin’, asteroid-blasting, bounty hunting, galaxy-exploring space sim Elite Dangerous is still going strong. The game has been treated to a number of quality-of-life improvements, content updates and expansions like Horizons, which brought planetary landings and surface recon vehicle (SRV) exploration to the party. If you haven’t plunked down your $30 for it yet, you’ll be able to snag it for free beginning October 27, 2020.
On that date, Elite Dangerous: Horizons will get folded right in to the base game for all players on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Frontier still wants to tempt you into buying the expansion though. It will remain on sale until October 26, 2020, and anyone who’s purchased Horizons will receive an exclusive Azure paint job that can be applied to all 41 ships in the game.
Horizons has been live since 2015, so the time is right for Frontier to make it a freebie. This is clearly an effort to get not only entice new players, but get the entire player base on a level playing field in preparation for the release of Elite Dangerous: Odyssey in early 2021.
Odyssey brings the game full circle and realizes that crucial gameplay mechanic we’ve all been dreaming about: Not just flying around the galaxy. Not just landing in select locations and exploring in an SRV. Odyssey will bring planet-side, first-person, on-foot activities.
Not only will this introduce the same variety of mission-based gameplay Elite is known for (and presumably some gunfights), it also means you could be the first person to make footfall on a new planet.
Elite Dangerous is available for PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I’m CMDR KillYourFM.