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Elite Dangerous: Horizons' next expansion is called The Engineers, focuses on loot and crafting

Elite Dangerous The Engineers

As if modelling the entire galaxy with a level of realism that would keep you awake every night pondering your own insignificance if you gave it too much thought wasn't enough, Frontier Developments have been busy pouring even more content into Elite: Dangerous. The second planned expansion of the Horizons season is called 'The Engineers,' the Cambridge studio revealed to us today. And it's all about that loot. 

Elite: Dangerous is considered kind of a big deal among our best PC space games. The other titles on the list whisper among each other when it draws near, and swoon as it swoops past, thrusters idling.

The Engineers came up in a recent chat I had with Frontier's CEO David Braben, discussing the studio's long-term vision for Elite: Dangerous. "That's the first time that name's been said, actually," he told me. 

Frontier aren't quite ready to draw back the curtain completely on The Engineers, though. While we do at least know the name of Horizon's next big content drop, we don't know the specifics. For now we'll have to make our guesses based on the blurb over at the game's official site:

"Loot and crafting - unlocking a world of customization options and adding new value and meaning to every action."

If the last expansion, Planetary Landings, is anything to go by, this won't be a bundle of minor additions. That gave you the opportunity to get out of your spacecraft and motor around in SRVs on the surfaces of 1:1 scale planets in our own Milky Way, adding a) new gameplay possibilities and b) a lot of screenshot opportunities.

There'll be three further expansions following The Engineers as part of 2016's Horizons season pass. These will add passengers, in-game avatar customisation, large vessels holding fighters within them, and more before the year's out.

That release schedule mirror's 2015's, a year that saw the game really take shape into the behemoth we know today. There's no end in sight, either: Frontier have made it clear that they intend to keep adding to Elite Dangerous for the foreseeable future.  

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paonebp(3 hours played)
2 Years ago

Two things:

1) It's nice to see this kind of information, but at this point I'm left wondering what good the newsletter is since I seem to hear more about the game from the press than the developer these days.

2) To the site owners: It's cute that your site's commentary login is "broken" to where an email is required, but I would not under any circumstances recommend sending anything to the email I provided you just to comment on the story. Or do. I'm not your parole officer, right? ;-)

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2 Years ago

This chat system is terrible. Please anyone reading this that would like to see them use the Discuss system vote this up. They hardly get any people to talk on here due to the terrible awful chat system that is unique to itself. Please guys you have a great site but do something already about this terrible system. Please go over to Discuss so we can easily chat with each other and make your site even more lucrative, you guys don't seem to understand if you get us to come back to chat and post it's more times we are hitting your site and more chances we will see and click on new content!

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Tim Edwards(17 hours played)
2 Years ago

Hey Recluse,

We're unlikely ever to go to Disqus. This comment system allows the reviews engine we've built to function. It's a deliberate choice we've made to not move across.

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2 Years ago

Is that what your readers want? The ability to read reviews? I can't imagine I'm the only one here that would much prefer more people to chat with, plus this site is a PITA to log into with having to verify my steam account every time I want to post something. I've been watching this site for quite a while and I love it but I still think your shooting yourself in the foot with this. Note that I was responding to another person having issues with the system. Try polling us or something I would love to see this system go over to Disqus . It's not hurting PC Gamer at all...

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2 Years ago

https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=226031

further info on engineers

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Flappers(2 hours played)
2 Years ago

It's amazing that the developers are going completely 180 on their initial design choices.

Back in alpha/ beta and release, people wanted crafting, better looting system etc, but Frontier specifically said No, and it doesn't fit within their design decisions.

Now this is happening... it's quite shocking. But I do hope crafting is available to all players, not just people who spent the overpriced amount for DLC

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Juggernaut(9 days 11 hours played)
2 Years ago

Horizons is -not- DLC in anything but specific definition. It is content. It is downloadable. This is a common misconception.

All of Frontier's content, which is yearly, are EXPANSIONS. This is akin to World of Warcraft and in total comes to what is $3.50 a month for a year of updates and creates a revenue stream so that the developer can continue to develop Elite and only Elite.

Please inform yourself so that you can inform others. It's neither overpriced, nor DLC in the way you mean it to be.

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Flappers(2 hours played)
2 Years ago

Wow, pedantic much?

It's downloadable content. Whether or not you call it an expansion or whatever, it's still overpriced, especially for people who already own the base game.

The Horizons DLC/ Expansion/ whatever costs 40 quid for people who already owned the game... who already spent 40 quid on the game, yet people who didn't own it, could pick it all up for 50 quid... like how is that fair?

It's overpriced, and unfair, as features like these should be in the base game, not as purchasable content

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Beaver(10 days 7 hours played)
1 Year ago

What is DLC besides specific definition? Any other definition is unique to the person defining it. If there is another widely accepted definition for DLC please enlighten me. Otherwise, wtf fanboi?

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Beaver(10 days 7 hours played)
1 Year ago

still way overpriced, I couldn't even afford the base game until it was $20, gonna be a while before I can afford horizons.

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