Elite: Dangerous changes how Horizons is sold, discusses patch 2.1’s focus

Are you confused about the process of upgrading from Elite: Dangerous to the Horizons expansion? Do you find it frustrating and unclear? Have you screamed “there’s got to be a better way” at the computer, informercial-style? The folks at Frontier Developers apparently think that’s the case, and thus have changed the retail setup significantly, with Horizons now serving as a season pass-style DLC purchase rather than an entirely separate entity. You’ll also get a gold Asp Explorer paint job if you already have the full version of the game.

Of course, if you already have the full version of the game, you’re probably far more interested in what’s going on with patch 2.1. A separate post addresses the changes coming with the patch while outlining the focus on making missions more meaningful. Players can look forward to a greater degree of interaction with the mission contacts for minor factions, with contacts that remember their dealings with players from the past as well as changing their reactions based on those past dealings. So you might not be able to buy into the game more easily, but you’re still getting a more positive experience.

Source: Pricing/retail changes, Development update; thanks to Cotic for the tip!
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PhoenixDfire Cotic_OP A lot of buddies who have tried it out have had problems figuring out where they need to go or what they need to do. They fly around randomly for an hour without a purpose and wonder why there isn’t anything to do. The game really doesn’t tell you where things are happening. The truth is there’s a lot to do if you know how to get to it. People are so used to having content thrown in their lap, it can be confusing.

CGs, for example, are hidden in the GALnet news feed, which most of my friends didn’t even know existed until I pointed it out to them. And I think CGs are one of the best things in the game. It’s what really made the game pop for me. It gets you involved in the unfolding story, and it gives you a reason to care.

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Kataq LordOfBread Vorender I too have put a lot of time into Elite. I’ve been playing for over a year, and I still haven’t done everything there is to do.

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Cotic_OP PhoenixDfire He’s claimed he owns the game in the past. He’s hard to keep up with though.

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DamnDirtyApe rioinsignia Yeah, I’ve said the same thing to several friends when asked about it. They play somewhat casually. Right now, I can’t really recommend it to anyone who isn’t already totally into Elite. 
I’m going to buy whatever they put out because I enjoy the base game, and I even enjoy Horizons, but I can see how others who aren’t as into Elite would have a hard time figuring out what they’re getting. Later on, I think it will become easier to recommend. When multi-crew comes out, I may just buy it for them myself just so I’ll have some peons (er I mean crewmates) to boss around (I mean play with).

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Cotic_OP PhoenixDfire He’s that angry at “losing” $20? I wonder how many thousands he’s spent on SC ships.

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PhoenixDfire 
I remember him saying a long, long time ago that he had backed the kickstarter at ~£20 level.

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DamnDirtyApe 
This really can’t be repeated enough.

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Vorender You got the base game for $15? well done you. That was a lot cheaper than I got it for. Just wait for the next steam sale in about six months time.

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LordOfBread Did you actually Buy the game? I though you said you hadn’t!

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Cotic_OP We did a conclave about horizons on Lave Radio this week :- http://laveradio.com/. The general impression of Horizons was at the present moment was ‘Maybe’ worth the money but by the end of the year will be well worth the money.

The drop in price and the clean up of the upgrades was well overdue. Even when they released it at lot of us Fanboys were going really? that much for the upgrade and hang on when do we get what? Hopefully Frontier will have learn’t their lesson for season 3.

I must admit though I’m seeing a lot of complaints about lack of content. It does make you wonder if frontier need to point at where the content is. Not give everything away but just some hints where the fun stuff is. I’ve had a lot of fun lately doing some of the planet based missions, CZs and community goals. You don’t have just trade all the time, that would drive you batty, but as I’ve said before, if you don’t go looking for the content, you ain’t going to find it.

I know that there is one mission type that appears to needing fixing but all the others seem fine. What were people wanting from Horizons?