Frontier Developments have announced a delay in the release date of the DLC expansion Elite Dangerous: Odyssey due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
As previously reported, the DLC expansion allows players to leave the comfort of their ship to explore planet surfaces, installations, bases, and space stations. This involves not just exploration and negotiating in trade hubs, but also firefights and contracts with a wide range of weapons and gadgets.
Originally set to launch in early 2021, a new announcement regarding the expansion’s roadmap has delayed this. In summation, the expansion’s alpha will occur on early spring 2021, with a PC release in late Spring 2021, and a console release in Autumn 2021.
The reason for this delay was cited as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, along with the former and new lockdown orders in 2021.
“We understand that for many, this additional delay will be frustrating. 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.
Throughout this time we will continue to bring more news, videos and content of the development in progress. We would like to thank you all for the ongoing support and we are very excited to bring in this new era to the game with you. Your feedback, support and involvement is a vital part of this process and we are looking forward to a shared Alpha experience, which will be touching down very soon.”
You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:
Disembark, Commander, and leave your mark on the galaxy in Elite Dangerous: Odyssey. Explore distant worlds on foot and expand the frontier of known space. Be the first to step out onto countless unique planets as you discover land untouched since time began. Elite Dangerous: Odyssey invites you to become a true pioneer.
⦁ Gain access to the exclusive Pioneer suit skin.
One Giant Leap
See the galaxy like never before. Touch down on breathtaking planets powered by stunning new tech, soak in suns rising over unforgettable vistas, discover outposts and settlements, and explore with unrestricted freedom.
Forge Your Own Path
Take on a wide variety of contracts and play your way, from diplomacy and commerce to lethal stealth and all-out combat. Diverse settings, objectives, and NPCs offer endless mission variety and a near infinite amount of content to enjoy.
Assemble Your Crew
Social hubs spread throughout the galaxy give Commanders the ideal place to plan their next move. Form alliances, procure services, and even find expert support in highly coveted Engineers. These public outposts also help you acquire and upgrade weapons and gear to perfect your playing style.
The Sphere of Combat
Experience intense first-person combat, kit out your character with an array of weapons and gear, and coordinate with teammates to master a multi-layered, deep, tactical environment where Commanders, SRVs and Starships converge.