Fans of Elite Dangerous will have a lot to play for this holiday season, as the first part of the Elite Dangerous: Horizons beta begins today with the launch of Planetary Landings. This new expansion brings a slew of new features to the already expansive universe of Elite Dangerous, but perhaps most impressive of all is that players can now land on planets and explore their surface with the “Scarab SRV” vehicle.
“Planetary Landings in Elite Dangerous is the closest most of us will ever come to visiting other worlds, and it’s just the beginning of Horizons’ new season of gameplay expansions,” Frontier Developments CEO David Braben said. “There is so much new gameplay to experience, new things to discover, and new ways to bring our amazing community together. It’s also a great technical achievement for our incredible team, using cutting edge technology to create realistic simulated worlds and add to the enormous depth and richness of the Elite Dangerous galaxy.”
The team behind Elite Dangerous promises many new features will add to the game in 2016 and beyond, with the likes of Closed Quarter Combat (CQC) arena battles, new ships, and new planets all being on the slate for next year. Other new features to look forward to in the coming year include the following and more;
- 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 ships for attack and defense
The Elite Dangerous: Horizons Beta is out now and can be yours for $74.99, and includes all future expansions for the game’s Horizons phase.