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Elite: Dangerous beta price halves as its playable area expands

Elite: Dangerous: a beta standard of living.

Earlier this year Frontier Developments updated the Elite: Dangerous alpha, as it was then, with station-docking. Players were tasked with flying spaceships through letterboxes, and lo, Elite became one of the best space games on the PC before it was finished.

But months later, it’s reasonable to ask: what precisely are we docking for? Elite’s new standard beta version answers that question with the addition of fuel, and new systems to burn through it in. The developers have also incentivised purchase with a less house-mortgagey asking price.

Elite: Dangerous beta access used to cost $150 - an artificial bottleneck tighter than the entrance to one of those stations. It’s now $75, and there’s much more to play with.

Ships will now burn through fuel, which seems sensible if Elite: Dangerous is going to have the complex trade economy David Braben is determined it will do. 

The fuel gauge is something you’ll need to keep an eye on if you intend to explore the entirety of the beta’s newly-embiggened play bubble. Players now have access to around 50 systems over a 21 lightyear radius.

Feature-wise, Frontier have implemented new text chat, voice comms, support for friends management, and a matchmaking system that brings pilots through the same jump to a specific island. That’ll help keep players together in the vastness of space - as will a galaxy map updated with trade routes and system connections.

The full changelog mentions new AI Imperial Fighters and smuggler behaviour, so watch out for that. You can tackle them with the new Viper or Lakon Type 6.

Have you bought into Elite yet? That price still isn't very accomodating for young traders looking to start on the pilotry ladder, is it?

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metaldrumcore Avatar
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3 Years ago

I've been playing since Alpha. I spent most of my night engrossed in the new beta 1.0. The leaps and bounds this game has made from the very early combat builds of alpha to the 55 star system universe we have now is phenomenal. If you haven't gotten into the beta you should! Come trade, mine, pirate, bounty hunt, chat, and dock with us!!!

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3 Years ago

Elite: Dangerous truly is an epic game. I paid $150 for the premium beta and don't regret it a bit. $75 is a steal to get in early for this game.

Everything about ED is above and beyond what I expected. Only bad thing is not wanting to get out of the game once your in it :)

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Mountain_Man Avatar
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3 Years ago

It'll be an even better deal once the game is completed and you can buy it for $60.

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Stranger Avatar
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3 Years ago

You can buy the full release for 50 dollars in their store right now.

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Mountain_Man Avatar
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3 Years ago

The only thing currently for sale is the "Sucker's Edition" at $75 (reduced from $150). I also notice that they've already started selling horse armor -- sorry, spaceship skins for $3 to $5 EACH for a game that's still in BETA. Remember when people howled with rage when Bethseda sold a collection of horse armor skins for Oblivion for a measly $1? How times have changed! And it's a safe bet that the best space ships and accessories in Elite Dangerous will only be available as pay-to-win DLC

It might be a well-made game with some potential, but it certainly smells like a cash grab from where I'm sitting. Still, I'm keeping my eye on it, but I won't be considering a purchase until it is released as a polished and fully finished product. Also if there's a Linux version and a worthwhile single player mode.

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3 Years ago

So if you don't like the skins don't buy them.

They offer nothing to a player apart from a different look and a way to contribute funds to the game.

As for only the beta being available, you can't have looked very hard as this wasn't exactly difficult to find

https://store.zaonce.net/elite-dangerous.html/

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Mountain_Man Avatar
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3 Years ago

That's a pre-order. You can't actually play the game now for $50. You need to pony up $15 above that if you want to play the beta. But that's only because they want to make sure they have the most "serious" and "dedicated" beta testers, although I think they really mean "most gullible".

Charging people to "beta test" a game reminds me of Tom Sawyer conning his friends into white washing the fence for him while he sat back and lazily munched on an apple. ;)

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Stranger replied to Mountain_Man
3 Years ago

I was simply pointing out you can buy the full game right now for under 60 dollars. Honestly I am pretty happy that companies charge for stupid skins rather than locked content and stuff. I would much much rather see a company sell skins to suckers than sell power to bad players.

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