Elite: Dangerous’ Horizons goes live today

Elite: Dangerous’ Horizons¬†– specifically, the 1.5 ships update – is set for launch today. Horizons is considered the next season for¬†the game’s original version, which launched a year ago. That makes today’s launch, Planetary Landings, the first expansion of this second season. Got all that? Good.

Frontier’s devs are busily streaming in honor of the launch, and David Braben submitted himself to the whims of a Reddit AMA early this morning,¬†confirming galaxy map bookmarks for 2.2, a community site revamp to better connect players seeking groups, Powerplay improvements, and more.

You can purchase the base game plus Horizons bundled for $59.99 US on the official site. Check out the launch trailer below.

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Iver Goertz
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chriskovo 
this must be random then; I started out with plenty mission to get me the first 300k, only doing cargo delivery.

RyanKeilhofer
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JonBuck FunkyCold i like it this way,  I highly recommend changing your key binds to be w Up, S down, A left, D right, Q roll left, E roll right. Change mouse to only be pitch and yaw. That has worked for me tremendously. this way its more like a controller, left hand is going up down left right and rolling in space. your mouse is the aimer going up and down side to side.

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DasBenty honestly after manually docking about 20 times it becomes second nature.. if your are using a keyboard and mouse as a newbie to play. I highly recommend changing your key binds to be w Up, S down, A left, D right, Q roll left, E roll right. Change mouse to only be pitch and yaw. That has worked for me tremendously.

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GabeNewellFetish Hang on. If you backed it on kickstarter, what level did you back at? If you backed it at premium Beta level you get it for free, Beta and below, you can still play Elite: Dangerous but not Horizons. The game won’t stop for you if you don’t get the buy the latest version.

Horizons is not going to be just planetary landings, there’s Avatars, Crafting, Multi-crew ships, remote control fighters, on-planartary Mining an Powerplay overhaul and a background plot ongoing. So far IMHO, Frontier have managed to deliver on most of their promises, (They wobbled a bit on Powerplay I think but the rest has come good), so I think it good value and adds much more to the game.

Normally, if they issue a “we have updated the game” message. Wipe whatever, you’ve installed and download the latest installer from the Frontier Store. It sounds as if you have managed to create a pilot yet so you won’t be loosing anything. Any problems, reply to this thread and I’ll see what I can do to help.

GabeNewellFetish
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I haven’t played Elite yet, but I did back it on Kickstarter. I am utterly confused.

So… if I buy Horizons, I can get it plus the base game I already have for $60?

Or… if I already have the game, I can buy Horizons for $45? Are you kidding me?!

I’m about to install the game again and, frankly, I almost hope it still is broken (every time I’ve tried to play it before, it would just give me a black screen and a messed-up looking launch window and their tech support would ignore my service request for weeks and only eventually respond with a “we have since updated the game, so please try again” and then closing the request before I could respond.)

Kataq
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Kataq

theeknighthood This is a general occurrence, and I also find it annoying. You can be within seconds of reaching a station and get pulled back quite a long way from it again. It’s not the lost time, as we are talking just seconds, it’s the feeling that it’s a networking failure rather than something that should happen.

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theeknighthood

I must say I have enjoyed landing on a few planets so far, makes the game feel a lot bigger.
One issue I have which destroyed immersion a bit, was I was very close to a planet at one point, and I got interdicted, so I figured sweet Ill drop throttle and submit and have some awesome near planet combat.
Nope, it teleported me and the target to 0.1LS away, blew away the enemy and then had to start flying back again… wtf

Kataq
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Kataq

TheChiefTurtle What in the trailer do you think you can’t do?

Clearly I don’t expect you to reply to this question as you’re just here to troll.

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PhoenixDfire 
Yeah, me too. That’d mean (at least) 4K resolution with all settings On / High.¬† The graphics cards arriving next summer will be able to do that.¬† 4K monitors are a little behind but should be obtainable for all in a couple of years.

DamnDirtyApe
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JonBuck Yeah, I’ve always loved that one.