Second season of expansions kicks off with Planetary Landings throughout Elite Dangerous’ Milky Way galaxy
Cambridge, UK. 16 December 2015. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) has launched Elite Dangerous: Horizons for PC.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons is the new season of major gameplay expansions for the award-winning space epic Elite Dangerous, beginning today with Planetary Landingson 1:1 scale worlds throughout the Milky Way. Elite Dangerous: Horizons will introduce further major gameplay features as the season continues into 2016, enriching the Elite Dangerous experience with new activities and new ways to play.
Frontier has also launched Elite Dangerous 1.5: Ships – a free update for all Elite Dangerous players on PC, Mac and Xbox One – adding over 300 improvements including new spacecraft, new missions and SteamVR support.
About Elite Dangerous: Horizons
In the first of Elite Dangerous: Horizons’ expansions, Planetary Landings, players can journey seamlessly from space to surface and choose their own landing point on accurately simulated planets and moons throughout Elite Dangerous’ full-scale Milky Way galaxy.
Players coast over mountain tops, dive into canyons and take command of the new ‘SRV’ ground vehicles. Each of these 1:1 scale worlds offers incredible vistas and countless gameplay opportunities as players discover valuable resources, experience deadly combat encounters, raid bases, scout crash sites, and cooperate with other players on the planet surface and flying high above. Planetary Landings is an entirely new way to play Elite Dangerous, and is just the first part of the Horizons season of expansions.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons continues into 2016 with further expansions dedicated to gameplay, community, and narrative, including:
- Loot and Crafting, unlocking a world of customization options and adding new value and meaning to every action.
- Multicrew, allowing teams of players to assume roles aboard the same ship.
- Commander Creation, giving a unique appearance to players’ in-game avatars.
- Ship-Launched Fighters, allowing larger spacecraft to carry their own short-range fighter craft for attack and defense.
For more details on the upcoming season of expansions, visit:EliteDangerous.com/seasons
Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons are fully back and forward compatible with each other. All players will retain their in-game progress and continue to fly together in the same galaxy as one community, and all Elite Dangerous players will continue to receive free updates, fixes and optimizations.
About Elite Dangerous 1.5: Ships
Elite Dangerous 1.5: Ships is a major free automatic update for all Elite Dangerousplayers on PC, Mac and Xbox One. The number of playable ships in the game increases to 30, headlining an update featuring over 300 changes including new missions and scenarios, Spanish-language localization, an in-game store, full compatibility with Elite Dangerous: Horizons and SteamVR support.
The HTC Vive virtual reality headset will be available to consumers in 2016, and Elite Dangerous will support Vive on PC from launch via today’s free update. SteamVR support in Elite Dangerous marks the latest step in Frontier Developments’ ongoing commitment to immersive, high resolution virtual reality experiences.
Buying Elite Dangerous: Horizons
Existing Elite Dangerous players who purchase Elite Dangerous: Horizons on FrontierStore.net or Steam during the ‘Early Access’ period will receive a £10 (€14, $15) loyalty discount off the retail price and will unlock the exclusive ‘Cobra Mk IV’ spacecraft in Elite Dangerous: Horizons, bringing the number of playable ships to 31.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons is framed as an ‘Early Access’ title on FrontierStore.net and on Steam, expressly highlighting the living development and two-way relationship between Frontier and the Elite Dangerous community to the large number of recent and new players.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons Beta access will remain on sale at £49.99 (€67.99, $74.99) on FrontierStore.net for players who wish to participate in beta tests for expansions released throughout Season Two.
For more on Elite Dangerous, visit EliteDangerous.com
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About Frontier Developments
Frontier Developments plc is a leading independent game developer and publisher founded in 1994 by David Braben, co-author of the seminal Elite space simulation. Based in Cambridge, UK, Frontier uses its proprietary COBRA game development technology to create games across consoles, computers and mobile with a focus on narrative, gameplay and community.
Elite Dangerous is in ongoing development and is available now for PC, Mac and Xbox One. Elite Dangerous: Horizons, the new season of gameplay expansions for Elite Dangerous is available now. Frontier’s second major self-published PC title, Planet Coaster, is in development and will launch in 2016. Other Frontier titles includeRollerCoaster Tycoon 3, Thrillville, LostWinds, Kinectimals, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Zoo Tycoon, Tales from Deep Space and ScreamRide.