With the advancements of game engines and technologies in the industry, the key goal for most video games nowadays is immersion and customized experiences. In other words, allowing each player to have a unique journey. Games have gone about this in different ways though the main development choice is open world games with expansive content in regards to side quests and DLC's. Some have tried to take this a step further like No Man's Sky, a 2016 game that tried to allow space traveling to whole distinct planets. However, Elite Dangerous has been at it longer and has maintained a notable 12 million player base. It also helps that there last couple DLC expansions, including it's upcoming expansion Odyssey, have been free for players.
Developed by Frontier Developments, the game was created through a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 and became available in 2014 (though pre-release test versions of the game had been available to backers since December 2013. While serving as the fourth installment in the Elite video game series and serving as a direct sequel to the 1995 game Frontier: First Encounters, the game was the first of the franchise to attempt massively multiplayer gameplay, with players' actions affecting the narrative story of the game's persistent universe. All this while still retaining a single-player mode. Much like No Man's Sky, the player takes the role of a pilot of a spaceship who explores a realistic 1:1 scale open-world representation of the Milky Way galaxy, with the gameplay being open-ended. However, it has primarily a space exploration game involving factions and trading at space ports. Now, the Odyssey expansion, revealed last December during the Game Awards, promises to further revolutionize the long-running space simulator by allowing players to leave their ships and explore the surface of planets.
Ahead of it's release tomorrow (May 19th), a launch trailer has been released teasing some of the game's new features with Frontier promising specialized space suits and gear that will suit commanders regardless of the role they wish to play in the unfolding story of the galaxy. Check it out below: