Little over a month ago, the incredibly popular space sim that isn’t Star Citizen, Elite Dangerous, made its way onto Steam. This prompted an outcry from existing customers to have the ability to migrate their own copy of the game onto Steam’s library – which is far more convenient than having to remember to manually update a separate client. For a while, it seemed like these requests were being jettisoned into space and forgotten, but not for any longer.
Frontier Developments have confirmed that come the end of the month, any existing Elite: Dangerous customers will be able to claim a Steam key from the official website. This will allow you to migrate over to Steam, which should keep your game updated with little worry from you. It’s unclear how account migration will work, but let’s assume for now that Frontier is working on it.
“Thanks for your patience. We’ll soon offer Steam keys to anyone who bought Elite: Dangerous from our store.”
Aside from providing this service to fans, Frontier is still requesting that purchases of the game be made via their own website. This is primarily because Valve takes a cut from games sold on Steam, which don’t reach Frontier’s pockets. Either way you’re getting a Steam key now, so it’s up to you to decided who really deserves all your money.
“From May 28 you’ll be able to generate a Steam key from your account page, and we’ll have full instructions right here on the forums closer to the time.”
“Elite: Dangerous runs on Frontier’s servers, so we’ve been working with Valve to give you a way to seamlessly connect your Steam and existing Frontier accounts in a way that’s easy.”
It does seem a little unfair a request though, given that Valve and Frontier are both working together to get both versions of the game seamlessly working together. Still, at the very least, your OCD can be satisfied with another game added to your growing digital library. I look forward to never having to deal with the game’s own client ever again.
Last Updated: May 11, 2015