The Elite Dangerous Odyssey release date for PC is now formally set for May 19, 2021, letting commanders all throughout the galaxy step out of their cockpits and discover planetary surfaces on foot for the primary time.
Odyssey, at present in its Alpha Phase 3 after a profitable rollout of Alpha Phase 2, introduces a number of new gameplay dynamics that dramatically broaden the Elite Dangerous expertise.
While the interstellar flight, area fight, commerce, espionage, and vehicle-based experiences stay largely unchanged – save for some noticeable graphical enhancements – integrating comparatively seamless on-foot gameplay provides a further layer of depth to the sport for individuals who wish to discover it.
These embrace on-foot salvage, assist, and espionage missions, fight missions in varied battle zones between warring factions, and exobiology and first-footfall exploration to complement the principle recreation’s exploration profession.
The recreation might be pre-ordered now by Steam, the Epic Games Store, and FrontierStore.web, each as a regular pre-order for $39.99/£29.99/AU$56.95, or the deluxe pre-order for $54.99/£39.99/AU$78.95, which incorporates the official recreation soundtrack and entry to the continuing Alpha Phase, which ends on April 30.
What to anticipate from Elite Dangerous: Odyssey
So far, We’ve been having fun with the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Alpha Phase, however it’s positively a distinct form of gameplay expertise than the bottom recreation, even with the planetary-vehicle-focused Horizons enlargement.
Some may discover that Odyssey is a step too far for them, which is comprehensible. One of the appeals of Elite Dangerous is the solitary immersion of trucking by area, star system after star system, with solely your ideas, background music, or Galnet audio feed to interrupt up the practically meditative silence of deep area.
Throw on the very best VR headset you might have helpful and pull out your HOTAS flight stick and throttle setup, and you’ve got arguably the closest simulation of a space-faring future for humanity that you’ll ever play – as long as you by no means go away the cockpit of your ship or Scarab SRV.
Elite Dangerous Odyssey is certainly not that. It’s a reasonably straight ahead FPS expertise whose interface is paying homage to video games like Dues Ex, although stripped of the narrative complexity and bleak, Blade Runner aesthetic.
The settlement and area station-based social hubs are kind of the identical regardless of the place you go and the NPC people that populate them are pretty generic. You will not really feel like the identical immersion that you simply get from contained in the cockpit the place you possibly can actually really feel like that is what it will be prefer to be a service provider on an interstellar Silk Road.
What it does do, nevertheless, is broaden the scope of the Elite Dangerous universe one other stage. Where as the sport had actually billions of planets to find and discover in an SRV, these have been all completely lifeless rocks damaged up solely by the occassional automated turret defenses that may blow you to hell in the event that they caught you hacking right into a base’s community infrastructure for an espionage mission.
Now, no less than, these planets are extra fascinating and price visiting, both instantly by missions and battle zone exercise, or by yourself as an explorer charting the unknown. The salvage and sabotage missions add a stealth-action element to the sport that could be a real innovation to Elite Dangerous’ gameplay system and the battle zone firefights broaden on the faction civil battle dynamic of the sport that brings extra depth to the mercenary profession trajectory.
Throw within the new fits and private weaponry and the enlargement is essentially the most important evolution of Elite Dangerous but. And, its there if you wish to have interaction with it. If not, the area trucking and dogfight simulator stays as is, so those that favor the solitude of the black can proceed to play their commerce as earlier than.
It stays to be seen how nicely the whole lot is built-in as soon as it is launched, however if you’re an informal fan to a loyal participant of Elite Dangerous, positively keep watch over the calendar.