Thursday, March 10, 2022
Frontier Developments has announced that Elite Dangerous will no longer be receiving new content on consoles, with its planned Odyssey expansion cancelled for both Xbox and PlayStation, following a poor reception upon its release for PC.
The Odyssey add-on was positioned as a way of reinvigorating the sci-fi space sim, enabling players to explore planet surfaces, space stations, and settlements on foot, as well as razz around in ground vehicles. But once the $40/£30 expansion launched for PC in May 2021, it was found to be in a sorry state.
Consequently, Frontier decided to delay the console release of Elite Dangerous: Odyssey in July, following a major delay several months before that. Now, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Elite Dangerous will not only never see the Odyssey expansion, but any future content will also no longer be supported on consoles.
“It's no secret that Odyssey's launch was less than ideal, including the need to split the PC/console player base to focus on a PC-only launch,” writes Frontier CEO David Braben in a development update (via Eurogamer). “Since Odyssey's release in May 2021, we have worked tirelessly to improve the Odyssey experience on PC, and whilst we have made great progress there is still more to be done. We have been supporting the pre-Odyssey and post-Odyssey codebases since.”
Braben added that the UK studio has spent several months “wrestling with the best way to move forward,” adding that “it is with a heavy heart we have decided to cancel all console development. 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 remain as-is on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, then, with Frontier issuing only critical updates for the console versions of the game. "We appreciate this news is not what our console community were hoping for," Braben continued. "This was not an easy decision to make, but it was made with the long-term future of Elite Dangerous in mind."
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