Financial documents released by Frontier yesterday were scooped up by eagle-eyed Redditors because they frame a revenue shift against a delay in the full and final release of Elite: Dangerous’s Horizons season and the 2.1 Engineers launch.
“Frontier Developments […] announces that following a review of the development of the next stage of Elite Dangerous: Horizons (‘EDH’), the Board of Frontier has determined that this will take place after the end of the current financial year, being 31 May 2016. As previously announced, EDH was initially released in ‘early access’ in December 2015. Coming out of ‘early access’ was originally expected to take place during April 2016, coinciding with the planned launch of EDH’s next expansion, The Engineers. However, this – along with associated revenues – will now take place in the first half of the next financial year. Therefore, second half revenues will be substantially below prior expectations.”
Frontier boss David Braben showed up in person on Reddit to assuage player fears. “What it means is that 2.1 is pushed out by around 6 weeks,” he says. “This is to push the quality up, which is a good thing for the game. It’s ready when it’s ready. It does mean you’ll have to wait a bit longer, but it will be worth the wait.”
Frontier’s Michael Brooks says that the Engineers patch still has no release date “that we’re talking about just yet.”