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'Elite: Dangerous Horizons' Is Here

Season two of Elite: Dangerous is finally underway. After the initial announcement at Gamescom and the subsequent months of hype surrounding the game’s next expansion, Horizons is finally available to all.

The expansion comes exactly one year after the base game launched on PC. Over the course of a year, various features were added, such as community goals, a wing group, the Powerplay factions, and competitive CQC (close quarters combat). With Horizons, the first of many features is already available -- planetary landings -- with more to come in the next few months, such as looting and crafting, multi-crew ships, character customization and ship-launched fighters.

However, the expansion’s release also coincided with the addition of one more feature, for those still playing the basic Elite: Dangerous version, called Ships. Frontier Developments stated that the biggest change, as evidenced by the update’s name, is the addition of new vessels. Elite: Dangerous initially had 25 ships available, but the new update brings in five new vehicles, including the massive Imperial Cutter.

The update also includes a variety of new mission variants. These include runs with multiple stages and the ability to take on missions while flying in space. New scenarios were also added to keep the spacefaring experience interesting, such as escorting a VIP, answering distress calls, and performing search and rescue operations.

If you own Elite: Dangerous, the Ships update is a free addition to the game. However, you will have to buy Horizons for $59.99. Additionally, the expansion runs only on a 64-bit client, so you might need to upgrade to a 64-bit OS if you want to play with the expansion in the future.

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  • Traciatim
    The next installment in the 'Almost a Game' series.
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  • techguy911
    The next installment in the 'Almost a Game' series.
    I think you have this confused with Star Citizen which is still nothing more than a tech demo.
    Reply
  • hoofhearted
    Not sure what's up with Steam. The side bar says "Mostly positive", but when you scroll down all of the reviews are negative.
    Reply
  • techguy911
    The next installment in the 'Almost a Game' series.
    I think you have this confused with Star Citizen which is still nothing more than a tech demo.
    Reply
  • Vorador2
    I bought the game on Black Friday, and later got the expansion on the game website (it had a discount if you owned the game). Sadly it didn't want to run on my current rig, just got a black screen.

    Yesterday with the release of the expansion the x64 build worked. Still "earning my wings", but looks pretty fun. Glad i bought a cheap HOTAS stick.
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  • MGBIII
    Game of the Year. This year, and last year.
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  • Stephen_Mccy
    Game of the Year. This year, and last year.
    Except it's not? It also doesn't have nearly enough real content to claim such a noteworthy prize... Perhaps 5-10 years/seasons of updates down the road..
    Reply
  • d_kuhn
    I'm not a big fan of the "Early Access" model... but at least with other games you got a big price break for your assumption of risk. With these games they expect you to pay 'finished game' prices for unfinished games. It's a non-starter for me.
    Reply