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Elite Dangerous: Arena out now on PC

New standalone CQC expansion for Elite Dangerous released.

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Elite Dangerous: Arena

If you were tempted by Elite Dangerous but scared off by its leisurely pace and the prospect of long stretches of intergalactic haulage, you might be intrigued by the game’s latest expansion.

Elite Dangerous: Arena is a fast-paced, space-based, session-based, PVP combat game powered by Elite Dangerous‘ engine, and handling model. In fact, it’s a spin-off of the main game’s ‘CQC’ mode.

The game comes with four combat-optimised ships and four arenas including Elevate’s towering view, Cluster Compound’s mining facility, Asteria Point’s cavernous space station and Ice Field’s frozen asteroid belt.

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There are also three game modes to choose from; eight-player Free for All, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.

It’s also worth noting that Elite Dangerous: Arena and Elite Dangerous CQC players are eligible to enter Frontier’s $100,000 CQC Championships tournament. Selection will take place over a series of heats in the spring and summer, and heat winners will receive an invite to the grand final to be held at a secret location and livestreamed online later this year.

If you already own Elite Dangerous – or Horizons –  you can play against Arena players without further upgrade. If you are new to the series you can pick up the standalone Elite Dangerous: Arena up right now for PC, priced $7.49/£4.99/€6.75.

And if Arena whets your appetite and you want upgrade to the Elite Dangerous experience you’ll have the its price knocked off the cost of the Elite Dangerous: Deluxe Edition.

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