It appears that someone at Frontier Developments may have slipped up by launching a trailer a bit early: the new Elite Dangerous: Odyssey expansion has been leaked and it marks a stunning shift in this space combat franchise. No word yet on pricing, but if it's like Horizon's it'll likely launch for $30 with a season pass for additional, smaller expansions attached. The announcement was initially made on June 3, with a trailer showcasing what the experience would look like for all players. Allowing players to disembark and set foot on new worlds and expand the frontier of known space. Users will be able to touch down on "countless new planets" and roam around on foot to uncover secrets-and enemies-throughout the cosmos. Contracts run the gamut from diplomacy to all-out combat, offering "endless mission variety and a near infinite amount of content".
Developer Frontier Developments has only shared an early 2021 release date, so we won't learn additional details until we draw closer to the end of 2020.
The next chapter for spacefaring sim Elite Dangerous sees us hopping out of the spaceship and stretching our legs. Via these hub areas, you can also procure the services of Engineers, acquire and upgrade weapons, and gear up with items that fit your Commander's playstyle. "We hope you will join us to continue this journey of discovery and adventure when Elite Dangerous: Odyssey launches in early 2021", said David Braben, founder and CEO of Frontier. Perhaps Odyssey could draw in players craving that Star Citizen experience but settling on the fact that the game is never going to truly release.
This latest content update adds huge fleet carrier ships that change the dynamic of space combat in a number of ways, but today the studio announced an expansion that will have an even bigger impact on the way we play the game.