Access to the current Elite: Dangerous beta version will set you back a whopping £50, but luckily Frontier Developments doesn’t have quite such a grandiose pricing structure for its upcoming retail release. The British outfit has announced launch plans for its ambitious space-trading sequel which is arriving later this year, including exclusive pre-order content and day one bonuses for those who snap up Elite: Dangerous early.
Frontier’s epic space adventure is expected to arrive in Q4 2014 for PC, and features a gigantic 1:1 scale representation of the Milky Way, as players explore, trade and fight in a massively multiplayer persistent universe. It’s the fourth official title in the Elite series and it’s been a long time coming; the last we saw of Elite was Frontier: First Encounters way back in 1995, but original Elite dev David Braben is still heading things up.
The final release of Elite: Dangerous will be priced at £39.99/$59.99/€49.99 from Frontier’s official online store, but there will also be an Elite: Dangerous Mercenary Edition that will set you back £35/$50/€40 if you pre-order the game ahead of its release. This cheaper pre-order features a digital copy of Elite: Dangerous, an additional Eagle fighter ship, exclusive pack of ship paint jobs, a day one ship decal, player’s guide and art book, and additional in-game benefits to be announced over the coming weeks. Frontier also sent along a TV spot trailer as Elite: Dangerous ramps up to its release, which you can check out in the video below.
Elite: Dangerous will be arriving on PC later this year, or you can pay into the Elite: Dangerous beta now for £50. Looking at grabbing Elite: Dangerous later this year? Or is Star Citizen going to be the space sim for you in the coming years? Let us know!