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Elite Dangerous Console Development Comes to An End

March 10, 2022

By: Robert N. Adams

 
 
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Release Date
December 16,2014 (Calendar)
Genre
Simulation
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Frontier Developments has made the disappointing announcement that it's canceling Elite Dangerous console development -- and that means that the Odyssey expansion is canceled for consoles, too.

Elite Dangerous is a game that plops players down into an epic galaxy full of adventure. Whether you want to explore planets with ground vehicles or own the galactic equivalent of an aircraft carrier, there's plenty of things to do in this game.

 

The game made its debut on consoles a few years back. Unfortunately, it looks like developing these extra versions has proven to be too much trouble for Frontier Developments: console development is effectively coming to an end.

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Why Elite Dangerous Console Development Has Been Canceled

Elite Dangerous console development has been canceled due to the challenges of focusing on two separate codebases. Frontier Developments was, in effect, developing two completely different versions of the game -- and that made it difficult to move forward with new features.

"Over the last several months, we have been wrestling with the best way to move forward, and it is with a heavy heart we have decided to cancel all console development," read today's announcement. "We need to be able to move forward with the story of the game, and in order for us to do this we need to focus on a single codebase. Elite Dangerous will continue on console as it is now together with critical updates, but we will focus on new content updates on PC on the post-Odyssey codebase."

 
 

As a consequence of this decision, the Odyssey expansion is canceled for consoles. Frontier Developments also has no intention to develop the expansion for PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, either.

This decision does present a problem for console players -- what if they want to move over to the PC version? Frontier Development is exploring options for allowing data transfers, but it doesn't have anything to announce just yet. If you haven't yet jumped into the game, you can buy Elite Dangerous for PC starting at $29.99 or your regional equivalent.