Elite Dangerous pushes back Odyssey Update 7’s release to address a community goal bug

    
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Community goals are a nice way to get some big chunks of space cash and possibly a unique spaceship component, but there’s been an issue recently that causes players to completely abandon a community goal they signed up for wholesale when they elect to abandon any mission they took on. Luckily, the devs of Frontier Developments have locked down a fix and are going to be deploying that soon.

Unfortunately, this also means that Update 7 for the Odyssey expansion is going to be pushed back, as the devs consider fixing community goals a higher priority. Update 7 is now set to arrive sometime next week, which readers will recall is going to be bringing another truckload of fixes and introduce turrets to combat zones. The post also has the usual weekly community schedule for those who like to tune in to FDev’s livestreams.

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EmeraldFox

My one main question is why is it taking so long for us ps4 players to get oddesyy? This should have been releashed at the same time. If they knew there was so many bugs why rush the release to the pc?

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Ok_Chip261

If they knew there was so many bugs why rush the release to the pc?

Why? To be legally able to book the pre-order takings in the fiscal year which closed only a few weeks later. Frontier needed to do this to minimise a shortfall in company takings for the year, which would upset investors and damage the share price.

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PhoenixDfire

Simple, They needed to release something before their end of year results and pushed out something that wasn’t ready. However, they thought they could quickly patch it but we’re now almost six months after release and the performance still isn’t where it should be (and probably won’t be for another month ie. Update 8).

The upshot of this is while they fix the PC version, no work is being done on the console versions, so I’m not even expecting a PS4 or X-box version this year at all now.

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Rialto

Is Odyssey fixed enough to be worth checking out yet? I haven’t jumped back in with how rushed and broken it seemed at launch even though I planned to when it came out. It kind of sounds like this is expected to be the big “fix it” patch though?

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PhoenixDfire

It’s almost there. Wait and see if update 7 works and they’re hopeful that update 8 will kill off the frame rate issue for good.

However, I can’t recommend it if you enjoy play exclusively in VR. Better off sticking to Horizons for that!

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Ok_Chip261

It’s almost there.

So, no change from 3 months ago, then.

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Ok_Chip261

Steam review score before the first patch: 31%.

Steam review score now, after six patches: 31%.

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PhoenixDfire

It took NMS 5 years to turn around their review score and that was with five years of huge free patches. Six Patches ain’t going to turn that around.

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Ok_Chip261

NMS and Odyssey are completely incomparable.

NMS was a huge sales success at launch on multiple platforms, has the backing of a huge publisher Sony, and went on to release over a dozen major expansions free of charge.

Odyssey is nothing more than a one-time DLC for a badly aging base game which is selling very little and even then mostly from the bargain bin. Oddysey sales bombed at launch. It failed to release on two out of its three promised platforms and now Frontier has withdrawn the release date for those missing platforms. Nearly six months and six patches ans still we haven’t got features like the atmospheres shown in the trailer, or any statement for Frontier that they are coming.

It comes down to money. Unlike NMS, Odyssey is just not earning enough to fund more than a handful of low-grade devs, so that all it has got.