A new season of expansions for Elite: Dangerous begins with Planetary Landings.
Frontier Developments have announced a new season of expansions coming to space simulation game Elite: Dangerous.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons begins later this year by introducing planetary landings on 1:1 scale worlds across the Elite: Dangerous galaxy. The season of expansions will continue to introduce new features and gameplay into 2016, building on the core Elite Dangerous experience.
Planetary Landings introduces players to planet surfaces and the new Surface Recon Vehicle (SRV) ‘Scarab’. Scanning worlds will reveal all-new surface gameplay opportunities as players detect signals, crashed ships, mineral deposits, outposts and fortresses, and embark on raids on the surface. Playing alone, or online with friends on the ground and in the skies above, players can explore, mine, engage hostile forces and attempt to infiltrate strongholds guarding valuable rewards.
Frontier promise that players will journey seamlessly from space to surface, coasting over mountaintops, diving into canyons and venturing out on the ground in the SRV, without loading screens or gameplay breaks.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons’ second major expansion will arrive in Q1 2016, introducing a new loot and crafting system.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons will launch first on PC, priced at a not-insignificant £39.99. Existing Elite: Dangerous players will receive a £10 loyalty discount and can unlock the exclusive Cobra Mk IV in-game spacecraft for purchase with in-game currency. Mac and Xbox One announcements will follow.
In addition, the CQC update that was previewed at E3 will be launching on Xbox One in September along with a major update for the Mac and PC versions.