When you think of a space-sim, Star Citizen is probably the one that comes to mind the quickest. It is not, however, the only extremely promising one in development, and I’d go as far to say that I’m a little more excited for Elite Dangerous. Unlike Star Citizen though, Elite Dangerous has a release date. One not too far into the future either.
The extremely pretty space-sim from Frontier Developments will land on PC exclusively come December 16th, keeping the promise of a 2014 launch. The game has been through various alphas and betas, allowing backers and contributors to get some time in with the game early. I’ve stayed away because I’m not too sold on the idea of playing an unfinished product, so this release date pleases me quite a bit. The game could also come to Xbox One and PS4 in the future.
Elite Dangerous will retail for $60 once it’s launched, but if you’re really sure you’ll be playing then you can nab the cheaper, more value packed Mercenary Edition. It comes with the game, an Eagle fighter ship docked in a secondary location in the game, and an exclusive pack of ship paint jobs. Not only that, but it’s a whole $10 cheaper. Definitely a pre-order incentive you should be looking at.
If you’re not up to speed on Elite Dangerous and don’t really understand why I’m so damned excited for it, then start off with the game’s E3 trailer below. From there you’ll welcome to lose all your productivity for the day by crawling through thousands of gameplay videos. I’ve been on that journey one too many times already.
Last Updated: November 10, 2014