Elite Dangerous halts sales of standalone Arena product

    
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At the tail end of last week, Frontier pulled Elite Dangerous: Arena from sale across all platforms.

“We’ve been looking at our metrics which suggest that the vast majority of new and regular Arena players tend to play Arena through the main Elite Dangerous client rather than the standalone Arena one,” Senior Community Manager Edward Lewis explained to fans. “We’ve made the decision to remove the standalone version of Elite Dangerous: Arena in order to reduce the number of builds that have to be maintained and managed across Steam, Xbox One and in 2Q’17 PlayStation Network, as well as clarifying the choices for new players of Elite Dangerous on these storefronts.”

Arena has been a standalone product for only a year and ran $7.50 in that mode. Apparently, it was no longer worth it to maintain in that format, although of course it can still be played as part of the original game. As RPS points out, we can probably assume Arena will never launch on PlayStation either.

Frontier continues to sell three digital download versions of the game running from $29.99 to $59.99.

Source: Official forums via RPS
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GoJammit

Removed it because nobody played it. I gave up trying to get matches in there a long time ago, which is a shame because i actually enjoyed it.

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styopa

Elite Dangerous sits on my shelf, probably near #1 on my “if I only had more time to really commit to a game” category. I played for about a month after launch, and it just seemed rather pointless? There was the option of buying stuff and taking it somewhere else to sell for more (ala the old video game Merchant Prince (1993))*, or flying around shooting random-spawned bad guys.
I really wanted to like it more, I hope in the meanwhile it’s gained some texture, maybe even a story or two. Someday I’ll have the time….

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Upaya

Elite: Dangerous is really a game for astro-nerds by astro-nerds. Which is to say that the majority of the “game” is pretty boring for people who don’t get excited by seeing trace evidence of hydrothermal vents on a planet’s surface or who are awestruck by a binary system composed of a mainline and a freaking pulsar!

I love ED, but I wouldn’t make my worst enemy sit there and watch me play because 99% of the time I am merely staring off into space being amazed at what I’m seeing (virtually, of course) while praying no pirates pick up on my little unarmed exploration ship in silent running.

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edangerous

Hopefully this means they can incorporate it into the main game, I’d really like it if Arenas were in the actual galaxy, you could then vist and sign up for matches, events etc, otherwise an in-game mode where you can queue for a match as you do other things.