Frontier Developments announced Elite Dangerous: Horizons this morning. ED: H features a season of major gameplay expansions for the award-winning PC game, Elite Dangerous.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons
Elite Dangerous: Horizons is a season of major gameplay expansions for Elite Dangerous, beginning this winter with planetary landings on 1:1 scale worlds across the Elite Dangerous galaxy. As the season continues, Elite Dangerous: Horizons will continue to introduce major new features and gameplay, enriching the game with new activities and new ways to play.
Planetary Landings Expansion
Elite Dangerous: Horizons’ Planetary Landings expansion introduces players to planet surfaces and a new vehicle, called the Surface Recon Vehicle (SRV) ‘Scarab’. Scanning worlds will reveal all-new surface gameplay opportunities as players detect signals, crashed ships, mineral deposits, outposts and fortresses, and embark on raids on the surface. Playing alone, or with friends on the ground and in the skies above, players can explore, mine, engage hostile forces and attempt to infiltrate strongholds guarding valuable rewards.
The 400 billion star systems of the Elite Dangerous galaxy are all created with a sophisticated simulation that re-creates the Milky Way in exacting detail, and that simulation continues to the surfaces of worlds. Players will seamlessly journey from space to surface, coasting over mountaintops, diving into canyons and venturing out on the ground in the SRV, without loading screens or breaks in gameplay.
Further Plans for Elite Dangerous: Horizons
Elite Dangerous: Horizons‘ second major expansion will arrive in Q1 2016, introducing a new loot and crafting system, along with other features and gameplay additions that have not yer been announced. Further updates will continue throughout 2016.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons will launch this Holiday for £39.99 (€49.99, $59.99). Buying the season pass will unlock an entire season of major expansions and gameplay updates. Existing Elite Dangerous players will receive a £10 (€14, $15) loyalty discount off the retail price and unlock the exclusive ‘Cobra Mk IV’ in-game spacecraft for purchase with in-game currency in Elite Dangerous: Horizons.
All Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons players will retain their 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 as the game evolves alongside Elite Dangerous: Horizons.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons will launch Holiday 2015 for PC and is available for pre-order now. Mac and Xbox One announcements will follow.
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