Elite Dangerous Odyssey and Horizons PC players won’t be able to share a game session until console launch

    
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If you have friends who are buying in to the Elite: Dangerous Odyssey expansion and you’re going to remain playing in the Horizons base game, you might want to consider coordinating your time together, because when the Odyssey expansion launches on May 19th for PC, Horizons players will effectively be locked out from playing with Odyssey players.

“All Elite Dangerous: Odyssey players will gain access to the new features, including planetary improvements, enhanced lighting, and textures. The differences will mean that Elite Dangerous: Horizons players cannot share a gameplay session with those playing Odyssey. However, Odyssey owners will be able to share a session with and play with those in Horizons by launching the game in Horizons mode – though if they do this, they will temporarily not have access to the new Odyssey features.”

As disheartening as this news may be to some, it is a temporary matter: Once the Odyssey expansion arrives to console players, there are plans to bring an update across all platforms that will unify Odyssey and Horizons players once more, meaning Horizons players will get the benefit of new planetary tech but won’t be able to take part in on-foot features. That said, the console version of Odyssey still doesn’t have a release date beyond sometime in the fall, so it’s going to be some time between now and then.

source: official forums. Cheers, Stuart.
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Ok_Chip261

All Elite Dangerous: Odyssey players will gain access to the new features, including planetary improvements, enhanced lighting, and textures. The differences will mean that Elite Dangerous: Horizons players cannot share a gameplay session with those playing Odyssey.

Whoa, hang on. Those three new features are the ones Frontier said Horizons was getting at the same time as Odyssey, and now Frontier is saying those same three are the reason Horizons won’t play with Odyssey?? Does not compute.

And does “cannot share a gameplay session” apply just on planets? If it applies in space too then this is going to wreck all sorts of multiplayer stuff in previous expansions such as wings and powerplay.

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Not just planets, it looks like any game session until the console versions are ready. Looks like home development, thanks to covid, is still crippling their release schedule. However, with frontier there is always the fear that they will quietly abandon the update to Horizons to try to ‘encourage’ people to upgrade.