Frontier has canceled the Elite: Dangerous CQC tournament intended to run this year, at least as it was originally planned. Head of Community Zac Antonaci explained the situation just ahead of the weekend:
“In order to run the tournament we wanted to bring in a number of specific features which would allow us to run the event in the way we had planned. However, as you may remember the 2.1 update required a little longer in development as we focused on game improving features that went through the core game play experience and brought our largest Elite Dangerous update to date. What that means is that we won’t able to run the CQC tournament as we had initially conceived. We will be having a contest with a prize fund at a future date.”
Instead, Antonaci says, Frontier will host what it’s calling the Icarus Cup, an in-game PvP tournament, The Icarus Cup.
“This wing vs wing tournament is a place for the Galaxy’s best to prove themselves in a strategically selected and balanced team of medium and small ships. Players will need to assemble themselves into squads of 8 (4 Commanders per match and 4 reserves) so start forming your squads now, ready for when registration opens. The tournament will be open to both Xbox One and PC/Mac players and we will be running two separate tournaments with two separate prizes. The winners will not only be crowned the most skilled group of PVP pilots in the Galaxy but they will also walk away with an extremely exclusive Icarus Cup Decal and dashboard trophy, which is due to arrive with our 2.3 update.”