Elite Dangerous: Horizons Xbox One Release Date Announced

Plus, "The Engineers" expansion comes to PC on May 26.

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Frontier Developments has made some big announcements about Elite: Dangerous: Horizons. First, the studio confirmed today that the expansion to the space adventure game will launch for Xbox One on June 3.

The base game launched on Xbox One in April.

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The Xbox One edition of Horizons will include the base game and two expansions: Planetary Landings and The Engineers. These add-ons include things like additional missions, new crafting possibilities, and a new vehicle in the form of the Surface Recon Vehicle.

Frontier also confirmed today that The Engineers expansion comes to PC on May 26. Launching alongside that will be Elite Dangerous' "biggest ever" free update for all players on all platforms.

Here is what it includes:

"A new mission system, collectable loot, and hundreds of gameplay additions and tweaks. Xbox One players will further benefit from the addition of Private Group play and fully customizable controls."

Going forward, Frontier mentioned that PC and Xbox One players can expect further expansions, while updates to the game will arrive simultaneously across both platforms. Here is a breakdown of what's to come:

  • Multicrew, allowing teams of players to assume roles aboard the same ship.
  • Commander Creation, giving a unique appearance to players' in-game avatars.
  • Ship-Launched Fighters, allowing larger spacecraft to carry their own short-range fighter craft for attack and defense.

Lastly, Frontier announced that, beginning today, Horizons is available as an upgrade to Elite Dangerous for the lower price of $30. You can also get the game on PC in the Commander Deluxe edition for $60.

On Xbox One, Horizons will launch on June 3 as an upgrade to Elite Dangerous for $30, while the Commander Deluxe edition will also be offered on console for the same price.

Elite Dangerous was one of the first titles in the Xbox One's Early Access-style Game Preview program. The game is also coming to PlayStation 4, but a release date has not been announced.

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I've been looking forward to this since I got the game. Looking forward to landing on asteroids and being able to drive around.

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I'm continually tempted to get this game, but for the time sink it would be. Nice to see all the improvements they are making.

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I've read reviews but am unsure if this game is worth the time investment... Can anyone who plays its tell me what they think of it, if it is hard to learn and worth the time investment?

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@iammcgruber: If you like "running" simulators than you might like this game. Like the reviews say, it's a lot of traveling with not much going on. The early game is pretty boring though since your ship can't travel far due to limited fuel capacity and your stuck with low paying jobs until you can upgrade your ship. Personally though I dream of space travel so even the emptiness of space doesn't bother me to much in the game. Makes you realize how big the galaxy and solar systems really are.

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The remark that "The base game launched on Xbox One in April" is incorrect. I first received an achievement for this game on 1/17/2016. According to the game's Wikipedia article, the game was released for Xbox One on October 6, 2015.

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@Barazon: That April date was when the CQC update was added. Seeing as Eddie is the author, no surprise there was no fact checking. How does this guy retain a job?

And actually this game you could earn achievements while it was still in Preview - not all but 330 of the original 1000 points were available to unlock prior to the official release.

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@dlCHIEF58: He knows how to draw clicks. That's how he's still employed.

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