Elite Dangerous: Horizons Prepares for Landing this Holiday Season

Frontier Developments has announced a new paid expansion is coming to the world of Elite Dangerous this holiday season.


The galaxy is expanding as Frontier Developments has announced that this holiday season a new paid expansion, Elite Dangerous: Horizons, will be available to players. The expansion will cost $59.99 and will cover a full season of major expansions and gameplay updates that will continue into 2016. These updates will include planetary landings, which will allow players to land on planets and explore their surfaces in the Surface Recon Vehicle (SRV) dubbed the ‘Scarab’, and a host of other unnamed additions to the world.

Players who already own the base game will receive a $15 loyalty discount, as well as unlock the exclusive ‘Cobra Mk IV’ for purchase in-game. Frontier Development has also made it clear that this new expansion will not divide the playerbase. Players will still fly within the same instances, and free updates, fixes, and optimizations will continue to be released to the base game playerbase as it evolves alongside Horizons. One of these free updates includes the upcoming Close Quarters Combat Championship, which will introduce arena-style PVP battles into the world of Elite Dangerous. This free DLC will launch in September, alongside the Xbox One version of the game. Check out the Elite Dangerous website for more information about Elite Dangerous Horizons and everything that the DLC will include.

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    August 5, 2015 8:55 AM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, Elite Dangerous: Horizons Prepares for Landing this Holiday Season

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      August 5, 2015 9:02 AM

      60 bucks for an expansion of things that should have been already in the game prior to release.

      This reeks of EA type bullshit.

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      August 5, 2015 9:18 AM


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      August 5, 2015 9:33 AM

      I thought I read somewhere at some point that they were going to be adding this to the game but I didn't realize it'd be a full on $60 expansion. That's pretty disappointing. Even with a $15 discount that seems pretty steep.

      Was this something that was promised when they first did the crowd funding stuff? I bought in without really paying attention because it looked like a sweet space sim - and it is - if you like playing Space FedEx.

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        August 5, 2015 10:12 AM

        nah, they said it'd be done separately under paid expansions back in the original KS pledge:

        The initial release of Elite: Dangerous doesn't mark the end of development. We intend to continue expanding the game both with new content and new features. A good example of this is planetary landings. We have an ambitious goal for landings to include new gameplay and a rich variety of worlds to explore. To achieve our goal we want the planets to come to life. We also want to add leaving the ships so you can explore space stations or board enemy vessels or even just to look around your own.

        The main reason for treating these as expansions is so we can approach these with the proper development resources that we require to do them well. We don't plan or desire to just tick a box, we want to make these additions something significant.

        Another avenue we intend to explore is other platforms, but for now the focus is very much on the Windows PC release. Only once the initial game is done will we start to look at other platforms.

        Really big expansions are likely to be paid for while we also intend for some smaller free updates. If you have pledged to to £80 tier or above you will receive all expansions for free.

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      August 5, 2015 9:36 AM

      ouch. That goes into the wait for sale category

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      August 5, 2015 9:46 AM

      Wow fuck that. I had so much fun with this game learning how stuff worked and tooling around in space, and the Wings update was neat (albeit functionality that should have been in the game on release) but the actual playable content available is incredibly dull. The arena PVP stuff sounds completely worthless, and now I kinda worry that the planetary landing stuff will end up as "do the boring shit you did in space, but in a rover."

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      August 5, 2015 9:46 AM

      I'll wait until it's $15.

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