Elite: Dangerous Launch Plans And Pricing Revealed

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:15 AM
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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!

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17:35 Sep-15-2014

I already have the SC pledge package, and gonna buy Elita beta next week.
I normally play with game pad. For all those extra controls, voice attack is king. I use it in SC.

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11:19 Sep-15-2014

I may actually get both. Already purchased Star Citizen a while back and I'm eyeing this one as well. I want the space sim genre to come back in full force.

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12:45 Sep-15-2014

If you want a great space sim play Rodina

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10:55 Sep-15-2014

I understand why the beta is more expensive but If you think about it, you're paying extra for a product that isn't as good as the one you would pay less for. Still, might pick it up. Anyone played it who can tell me if it's worth it?

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13:55 Sep-15-2014

It's actually more fun than many full games to date.
The controls for the joystick are some of the best out there, it almost begs to be played with a joystick.
I haven't tried it with the oculus yet but this game is the main reason i'll buy the final version when it comes out.
I have already dumped at least 50 hours of my life into it even if it's still into beta.

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14:00 Sep-15-2014

The only problem currently is that you likely get lag in multiplayer and ridiculous loading times if you play multiplayer (the multiplayer works with a client-client P2P serverless netcode, which means every time you exit frameshift FTL travel you must matchmake players and establish a P2P connection with them which makes the thing lag and take a lot to load).

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14:03 Sep-15-2014

I just play the online cloud-based solo version at the moment, hopefully they'll polish and streamline the P2P connections or just decide to move on to a more traditional server-client approach like most MMOs out there.
In general i highly recommend this game if you have a joystick with a decent amount of buttons on it, i personally play with a Thrustmaster Flight Stick X.

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14:43 Sep-15-2014

I believe this model is also more vulnerable to cheating than a traditional server-client model

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17:40 Sep-15-2014

Look at it this way, if you want to contribute more to the game, you can do so by paying more, afterall playing a beta is a way to help developers. If you have no interest in helping the developement process, you can just avoid the beta.

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