Elite Dangerous shares an on-foot tour of an Odyssey starport, planetary missions, and alpha test schedule

    
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Last night was an absolute info dumping from Elite: Dangerous regarding its upcoming Odyssey expansion, with announcements, livestreams, and videos galore shared over a couple of hours.

Heading off the list is a detailed roadmap for the Odyssey alpha test, which will roll out in four phases. The first three phases will have testers starting out with a pre-made character and sees players starting out in a single star system initially to maximize interaction, with layers of items, features, missions, and play area added in each successive phase. By the time Phase 4 begins, tester accounts will be snapshotted and carried into the alpha in order to test compatibility with existing game systems. Each phase should be about a week in length but may be extended due to testing needs, while there will be about two to three days between Phases 3 and 4 to integrate account data.

After that, the devs held a stream that, among other things, offered a walkthrough of one of Odyssey’s starports, which showcased several shops, some NPC interactions, and an eventual walk to a purchased Dolphin liner to board the cockpit and take off.

During the stream there was a Q&A regarding starport services and features that provided more nuggets of information, including the ability for players to haggle for better mission payouts based on character influence and the background simulation; the Vista Genomics storefront, where players can sell acquired DNA data scanned from biologic lifeforms; and Frontline Solutions, which will allow players to shuttle themselves into a nearby conflict zone where they pick a side and fight to secure control points.

Finally, Elite’s expansion was among the games highlighted during the Future Games Show Spring Showcase, with a summary of the Apex Interstellar transport service that lets players in populated systems buy a flight to nearby stations and planets. The video also promises a variety of different ground missions like bounty hunts, heists, and salvaging.

There are a whole lot of videos to take in below, while those who don’t have time to sit through the entire livestream itself can take in this synopsis from Reddit.



sources: Twitter, YouTube (1, 2, 3), Reddit, cheers Eggbert and Britarnya!
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Michael18

So they didn’t say when Phase 1 will start?

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Vanquesse V

“We’re aiming for the Alpha to be available for download at 11AM BST/10AM UTC on Monday 29th March.”
(from a steam news post from today)

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Michael18

Thanks!

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Michael18

Actually this looks better than what I have expected!

Shame it’s not completely seamless up into the pilot seat, but that would probably be asking too much of a company/team of that size.

I hope they will (finally) add story missions. It would be so simple to do, just text windows sending the player to nice places and telling a well-written story (I don’t need voice overs). And with a small writing team of just a few authors they could extend this over time and make it a living story. It’s SUCH a wasted potential to not do something like this.

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Britarnya Valon

Yes hello I’d like all of this into my face hole please.

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PhoenixDfire

I love the Mass Effect feel to the whole thing, really looking forward to Monday.

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lolzzer

OK, so Frontier just used a lot of words to say the Alpha is a month late. At least the the Steam store is honest about it. “RELEASE DATE: 21 Apr, 2021”.

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Vanquesse V

Alpha has been scheduled for 29/3 since the 4th of March.
I don’t see the April 21st date anywhere on steam though. “Late Spring 2021” is on the expansion page which has been the case since Jan 13rd when they delayed the game.

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lolzzer

Alpha has been scheduled for 29/3 since the 4th of March

But that was before it was split into four updates.

I don’t see the April 21st date anywhere on steam

I see it right there on the Steam product page https://store.steampowered.com/sub/525368/ .

ELITE DANGEROUS: ODYSSEY DELUXE ALPHA EXPANSION
RELEASE DATE: 21 Apr, 2021

Are you saying that page shows you 29 March?

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Vanquesse V

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april 21st would be 3 weeks + 2 days after the 29th, so start of phase 4.

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lolzzer

Your first pic is the wrong store page (not Alpha) and the second isn’t any store page. Trying actually clicking the link I gave you. It goes to the correct store page and shows Odyssey Alpha release date is 21 April.

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Vanquesse V

the first screenshot is of the store page of the expansion, which is selling both regular and deluxe. the second is a news post linked to the main game itself.
Either way, there are plenty of places you can find the March 29th date and I don’t see why limited scope testing does not constitute an alpha to you.
In fact I’m not even sure how to find the page you’re linking to because I can’t find it from the main game page, nor the expansion page and searching steam only brings me the expansion page where you can pick either edition

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lolzzer

the first screenshot is of the store page of the expansion, which is selling both regular and deluxe.

No, your first screenshot is the store page of “Elite Dangerous: Odyssey” regular DLC as it clearly says, which is why it has completely different release date. “Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Deluxe Alpha Expansion” is a separate package which the DLC page offers only because it is included in that package. That’s the confusing way Steam always works on packages.

Either way, there are plenty of places you can find the March 29th date

Because Mar 29 was what FD originally advertised. But now there are no places you can actual buy the Alpha that say Mar 29. Buy Alpha and the deal is you don’t get the full product until the new delayed date of Apr 21.

I don’t see why limited scope testing does not constitute an alpha to you.

Uh? I didn’t say limited scope testing does not constitute an alpha. I do say that what FD just announced for Mar 29 is not the Alpha people preordered, which FD themselves now say will not release until Apr 21.

In fact I’m not even sure how to find the page you’re linking to

Google the correct package name. “Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Deluxe Alpha Expansion”

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Vanquesse V

this is stupid, I’m out

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lolzzer

Here’s something for you to take with you. Further confirmation you’re wrong, from Steam DB.

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