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!
The Horizons expansion and all its content has now joined the Elite Dangerous base game as a free update. Existing Horizon owners now have access to the exclusive Azure paint job for all ships in the game.
— Elite Dangerous (@EliteDangerous) October 27, 2020