I have to say I had my doubts that it would arriving this side of the new year, but Frontier Developments has announced that Elite: Dangerous will be ridding itself of its beta shackles in just a month’s time, launching on December 16th worldwide.
Elite: Dangerous has been available in some form or another for months now, with early backers gaining access to David Braben’s return to the world of space simulators. The plan has always been to launch by the end of 2014 but the hugely ambitious scope laid out by Frontier, not least by the millions of unique star systems promised, made it seem like an insurmountable task, but true to form Elite: Dangerous will launch soon, and would-be spacefarers can pre-order the title now for a discounted price.
“You have watched and given invaluable feedback and assistance as we have created Elite: Dangerous in the public eye,” wrote Frontier in a letter to fans. “It has been an incredible experience to be able to share development with such a supportive and enthusiastic community. We thank you for the opportunity and promise that we will continue to engage openly with the extended community of players as we further enhance the Elite: Dangerous experience, both up to and after the release.”
Elite Dangerous will be available on December 16th worldwide exclusively on PC for $60 in the US and £40 in the UK, although the Elite Dangerous Mercenary Edition is available to pre-order now for $50 / £35. This bundle nets you a digital download of Elite: Dangerous, an Eagle fighter ship, exclusive paint jobs, ‘Day One’ decals, a digital art book and a players guide.
Prepping your hyper thrusters in anticipation of launch? A long-time beta player forward to thousands of others joining in? Let us know!