Elite Dangerous has delayed Odyssey’s PC launch to late spring, console launch to fall

    
7

When Frontier Developments opened preorders for Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey expansion last month, most gamers presumed the launch was just around the corner. And it is! It’s just that the corner is a smidge further off than anyone thought, depending on your platform of choice. In other words, Q1 is not happening.

In a dev blog early this morning, Frontier admitted that renewed pandemic lockdowns have forced the team to tweak its development timeline for the expansion: “Our PC plans have only been affected by a small amount, however our plans for the console release will unfortunately see a larger development shift,” the studio says. Ultimately, the PC alpha will see a delay to early spring, with the full PC coming in late spring and the PS4 and Xbox One launches pushing off until autumn of 2021.

“We understand that for many, this additional delay will be frustrating,” Frontier writes. “Once again, we would like to apologise wholeheartedly to our community, especially our console Commanders. However, as mentioned previously, we feel it is vital to ensure that the content being released on consoles meets the highest standards and this will require this additional extension to our roadmap.”

Elite players on Reddit aren’t super upset about the delay, with many suggesting they’d rather all the bugs be worked out first in order to avoid a Cyberpunk 2077 scenario.

Worth noting here is that the game is doing better than ever: Frontier has said the game broke its concurrency records multiple times over 2020, including “just before Christmas.”

“Over its lifetime Elite Dangerous has already generated over £100m in revenues, with over 4 million base game units sold. A successful strategy to seed new players in advance of the launch of Odyssey yielded an additional 8 million base game owners through the launch of Elite Dangerous on the Epic Games Store in November 2020 including a ‘Free Week’.”

Source: Official site, Reddit. Thanks, Eggbert!
Advertisement

No posts to display

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Jon Wax

Up Down

Don’t release trash. Pretty logical.

Ps4 needs new games badly. Ps5 isn’t worth buying yet for same reason.

Ps5 shouldn’t have dropped til this fall really

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
PhoenixDfire

I got the feeling that we were going to get a delay after first livestream. The CMs didn’t want to talk Odyssey. If the DLC was imminent, you wouldn’t be able to shut them up.

Still another ten weeks or so until the Alpha, then another ten until proper release. I wonder if they’re going to disable the ‘First Footfall’ award until the consoles are ready.

Reader
Armsman

Hey – maybe they’ll delay it two years like they ultimately did with their Fleet Carriers.

Reader
Ironwu

This is ok with me. This is a huge step in the game and needs to be as close to 100% done as possible.

This is not your ‘Star Citizen’ alpha/beta garbage style release. This expansion is releasing for reals and needs to be the absolute best it can be.

Delay it for a year if needed. It needs to be right. It is to important to Elite: Dangerous to not mess this up.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
BalsBigBrother

Given how long this has been cooking in the oven already a few more months is nothing really. Frontier need for this expansion to launch as smoothly as possible and gain some good vibes.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Ken from Chicago

CYBERPUNK 2077 will be the cautionary example to tamp down (some) cries to “just release the game already”.

At least for the near future.

EmberStar
Reader
EmberStar

Only some. There’s already people trying to explain how it’s totally not CDPR’s fault that the game is as buggy as a nest of helgramites, and it’s *totally* everyone else’s fault/problem if it doesn’t run on their system. “It runs fine for me!”