Elite: Dangerous Owners Will Get Steam Version For Free

Players will be able to generate a code from May 28.

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Frontier Developments has announced it will give a free Steam key to those that purchase Elite: Dangerous from the developer’s online shop, or backed the game on Kickstarter.

Speaking on the studio’s forum, Edward Lewis, a community manager for the developer, said it wanted to accommodate PC players that prefer to use Valve’s Steam platform to play games.

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"We always appreciate it when you buy direct from our store because it means we can put more into supporting and developing Elite: Dangerous," he said.

"But we know a number of long-time players and backers like to play through Steam and we think it's fair everyone has that option, not just new players."

Continuing, Lewis added that Frontier has been working with Valve to provide integration between Steam accounts and Frontier accounts.

"Elite: Dangerous runs on Frontier's servers, so we've been working with Valve to give you a way to seamlessly connect your Steam and existing Frontier accounts in a way that's easy. It's coming soon."

According to Lewis, existing owners will be able to generate a Steam code from their Frontier accounts page from May 28.

Elite: Dangerous is already available on Steam for $59.99 (£39.99). The sci-fi space combat and exploration sim was previously only available for purchase through the game's website.

Frontier previously announced a major Elite: Dangerous update called Powerplay, which will add faction gameplay to the space simulator, developer Frontier Developments has announced.

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Is this game still as entertaining as watching paint dry?

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@kalibore: if you dont like the type of game elite is then best to stay away.

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@Caldrin@kalibore: Yeah I had a good go at it and after 30hrs was bored to the teeth of it.


Hopefully Star citizen will suffice :)

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@jimmy_russell: yeah whatever..

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@jimmy_russell: What's the problem here? They solved the problem of how to accommodate players who purchased the game before its steam availability by giving us exactly what we asked for. I've only been playing for a few months, but so far they haven't gone back on their word once. Specifically, how have they misled or wronged you?

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@jimmy_russell: Maybe Star Citizen will buy them?

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@jimmy_russell: You endorse products? Why are you famous?


I never get product endorsements and I'm awesome.

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This makes me very happy. It will be very nice to know that my once a month login to Elite will be unhindered by patch updates. :)

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I wonder how that promised offline mode is coming along..

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@daniel79: ....does it matter? I play solo mode, and I'm happy for it. I can participate in community events, without having to spend hours dodging griefers and pirates.

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Awright, I'm very happy to hear this, I've been expecting this to happen for about a year now!

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Very bold and considerate move, cheers to the folks at Frontier.

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if someone will get a free key and is willing to share it with me I will be very, very grateful. I will return the favor when I get free code from somewhere. Caring is Sharing.

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@Karmazyn:

CMDR Gigli is not for free.

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@Karmazyn: You've got high hopes.

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No chance, it links to one account

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many thanks, consolidates my games into one big library (or two if you count gog.com)

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@dfernand: lol you do realise you can just add games as non steam games and it still gives you the overlay and even allows you take screen shots while you play :)

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@jimmy_russell@deviltaz35@dfernand: Well, you paid $75 for beta access. Key word there being "beta", which means you spent extra money to have earlier access to the game.


The Steam version came out long after release and after the beta had ended and it came out for the same price as their current digital distribution version, so where's the "scumbag move" you are talking about? How does adding the game to another digitial content platform and giving existing players free keys to add their game to that platform represent some kind of betrayal on the part of the developers?

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@jimmy_russell@deviltaz35@dfernand: Fair point but you can just use a stop watch and tell your friends you own the game lol

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That's mighty good of them. I'll be using mine at the end of the month.

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