The first expansion for Elite: Dangerous is on its way, but as a buy-to-play title there’s a bit of confusion about who gets what and when. An official post on the forums breaks down the precise pricing and availability for the various options for players who do or do not own the game now depending on what you want to access; the lifetime expansion pass is back after having been removed pre-launch, albeit at a higher price point.
Some players are upset that the lifetime pass has returned and that not everyone who backed the game on Kickstarter will get the expansion for free. The official post on who gets what makes it very clear that loyalty discounts are available for those who backed the game at a high level but did not get a lifetime expansion pass, but it’s still not free. The original Kickstarter also notes that future updates to the game will be released costing money.