Since its launch in December, Elite: Dangerous has undergone a few changes in its gameplay. The introduction of Powerplay added allegiances to in-game leaders within the three major factions. CQC, or Close Quarters Combat, is another new feature coming soon, allowing players to participate in quick multiplayer matches, similar to first-person shooters, with various ships.
At Gamescom, its developer, the UK-based Frontier Developments, announced more changes to the game in the form of a new expansion coming in the holiday season of 2015 called Horizons.
The new expansion will provide a whole series of content, starting with planetary landings. For those who haven't played the game, Elite: Dangerous takes place in our own Milky Way galaxy, allowing players to visit each of the 400 billion (that's not a typo) systems.
At the moment, pilots can only fly to various systems and dock in space stations that orbit planets. With planetary landings, you will be able to land on a planet and use the new Scarab, a Surface Recon Vehicle to explore strange signals, find resources and investigate crash sites. With 400 billion star systems to explore, landing on each planet and exploring every inch of the surface is bound to put a significant dent in your space exploration time.
In the first quarter of 2016, Horizons will introduce a loot and crafting system to the game, and then continuous updates to the expansion throughout 2016. The details are slim at this point, but the developers should be revealing more information near the end of the year.
If you haven't bought the base game, Elite: Dangerous will cost $44.99. On the other hand, Horizons will cost $59.99, or $74.99 if you want to participate in the beta version of the expansion. Those who already bought the game will receive a $15 discount towards Horizons and will be able to unlock the Cobra Mk IV ship for purchase in the game. Frontier is also offering a Lifetime Expansion Pass, guaranteeing players access to future content, all for the high price of $195.
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I agree with Ohim, Windows Phone is reasonable choice.
I backed the kickstarter and I've found the same thing. It does look like they are trying hard to make up it but I still get the feeling it will still seem mostly lifeless in the end. I still think it is a good game, just not for me right now.
I'd be one of the others. I was one of the people who were hoping for a bit more of the single player component that was removed. I didn't become as vocal as some as I understand the decision but it made the game less attractive for me. If I had a decent group of friends who wanted to play this I can see it being better but I tend to play sporadically and odd times. I found the interaction with the universe to be a bit sterile when not dealing with real people and real people aren't always fun to deal with either. They obviously have been working on it, I may give it another shot.
> I'd be one of the others. I was one of the people who were hoping for a bit more of the single
> player component that was removed. ...
Me too initially.
> ... I didn't become as vocal as some as I understand the decision but it made the game less attractive for me. ...
Thankfully, the private groups more than make up for this. There are large ones like Mobius, but many others. IMO the only useful extra that's missing is the option for a group to include an auto-friend linkage when a new member joins.
> ... If I had a decent group of friends who wanted to play this I can see it being better
> but I tend to play sporadically and odd times. ...
Wrt when I can play, very much ditto.
> ... I found the interaction with the universe to be a bit sterile when not dealing with real people
> and real people aren't always fun to deal with either. They obviously have been working on it,
> I may give it another shot.
All I can say is you're welcome to join the private group I'm in (ChaosWulff, search for it on YT, FB, and there's a dedicated forum site, link is on the FB page), the only core rule is pvp killing is not allowed. I've gotten to know a great many very cool people worldwide, definitely recommend using TeamSpeak for excellent entertaining banter with other players (I use a Corsair H2100), whether it's just in general (since they're all over the place on the map), or in sub-groups for wing chat, etc. I can't include the URLs here (not allowed), but easily findable via Google and of course on FB/YT search. In the game, just group-search for chaoswulff from the Friends/Groups menu and send a join request, he accepts all requests by default, checks every few days.
If you do want pvp action though, then there are other many groups. Mind you, it's not exclusive, many members sometimes play in Open aswell, as does ChaosWulff himself for some of his yt vids.
Before joining, I only used Solo. Since joining, I've not used Solo at all. Having fun doing dodgy cargo missions (made 3M last night), sometimes wing up at a RES, saving for an Asp atm after which I'm off out to the deep dark...
At its heart, Elite was never about combat. It was about exploration, with combat rolled into it via trading, piracy, etc. I think those who just wanted pew pew in space are unsurprisingly left feeling disappointed (even though I doubt they've properly explored what's possible in the game), though perhaps the CQC expected soon will provide what they want.