Elite Dangerous has merged Horizons into the base game as of today

    
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Elite Dangerous has merged Horizons into the base game as of today

Last month, Frontier made a whole lot of sci-fi MMO fans take notice when it announced it would be merging Elite Dangerous’ Horizons expansion into the base game, effectively giving it away to players who never bought it. The day of the merge is now finally upon us.

“Today we are merging Elite Dangerous and its expansion Horizons together. This will take place via an update at 11:00 (UTC). We do not anticipate any downtime for this. What does this mean for me? If you already own the Elite Dangerous base game, or you purchased it from this date, you will now have access to all the features Horizons provides added to your game, for free. Meaning you will now be able to land on planets, explore their surfaces in your SCARAB SRV, craft rare and powerful weapons with the help of a wide variety of Engineers, expand your multiplayer experience with multicrew, plus much more!”

Horizons is the content bundle that originally introduced planetary landings; if you already own the pack, you’re getting a free azura paint job as a thank-you.

“The Milky Way is a big space and we are happy to bring you all a little closer together,” Frontier writes in the game’s forum, which is followed by several pages of argument from a few people mad about other players getting something old for free. Ah, MMOs. Don’t worry: You can still pay for Odyssey when it launches next year!

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BalsBigBrother

Good for those who got the free upgrade and I hope you all have fun. Me I will be looking at my free paint job in the store because I can’t actually use it on a ship because it’s broken on PS4, sigh

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lolzzer

So, I guess that’s the end of any chance Frontier are going to actually fix the broken mess known as Horizons? Now a load of new players can experience joys ranging from falling through the ground of planets to having their multicrew wingmen randomly disappear… assuming this broken expansion ever let them find a wingman in the first place.

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PhoenixDfire

Apparently, they’ve been reworking the network code as part of Odyssey so that people can multi-crew in different ways. Hopefully, they’ll have got it right this time.

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PhoenixDfire

According to the last reports we had, Fdev had sold 3.5 million copies of the base game and approximately between 1.5 and 1.6 million copies of the Horizons DLC. So that’s (approx) 2 million players who just got a free upgrade.

It makes perfect business sense, with the new DLC on the way, they don’t want to have to maintain 3 different code bases across three different platforms (4 if you include VR), so rolling the 5 year old DLC into the main game seems perfectly fine. All the people who were going to buy it, have already bought it and existing players have got the ships skins as compensation.

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teppic

I enjoyed the game for a bit but as I’m so absolutely hopeless at flying I gave up (I’d lose even the easiest fights) and there’s not really much to do otherwise. When the expansion comes out I’ll probably go back and have a look.

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PhoenixDfire

I would recommend going back and trying the new Tutorials and new player area (where you can’t be attacked by more experienced players). It’s so much better than it was.

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PanagiotisLial1

Already owned it but happy they are giving it to new players for free