Earlier this week, Frontier summoned cheers with the announcement that next year’s Elite Dangerous expansion is called Odyssey and will indeed include content that moves players out of their ship and into ground content – i.e., space legs. But don’t get too excited because as it turns out, the new content is coming with some caveats when it comes to VR.
“Currently, Elite Dangerous: Odyssey will not be VR-compatible at launch. We’re big fans of VR and we are truly proud of the amazing experience that we currently offer in Elite Dangerous,” the studio wrote yesterday afternoon. “However, the new gameplay, mechanics and features that will be introduced with Elite Dangerous: Odyssey means that we had to re-examine if we could deliver that same experience without compromise, which, for launch, means Odyssey will not be VR-compatible.”
Frontier’s also announced that the rumored base building content won’t be in the expansion and in fact isn’t even on the roadmap, saying, “[W]e have plenty of new features planned instead such as on-foot exploration, new planetary tech, social hubs, combat as well as more to be shared later on.”
Reddit is pretty bummed about the VR, though it’s not entirely clear how many players overall are actually affected. There is a smidge of good news for long-time fans, though, as the expansion is indeed “included in the Lifetime Expansion Pass for free.”