Elite Dangerous: Horizons Beta Launched

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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.

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My name is Nicole Seraphita and I’m 27. I’ve been gaming since the days of the NES and have owned at least one system from each generation since then. My favorite type of games if most definitely RPGs, with my favorites being titles like Chrono Cross, Persona 4, and Tales of Xillia, though I also sometimes dabble in platforming games, fighting games, and visual novels. When I’m not writing for APGNation or playing games, I enjoy table top and card games, watch anime, and write fiction that I occasionally publish online. I tend to write a lot of Sci-fi and the occasional bit of fantasy, with the often overlooked sub-genre of Biopunk being my favorite. I’ve also written a few visual novels, though only one of them has made it all the way to completion thus far. My current dream is to be able to bring the Monster Girl genre to a western audience.

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