Elite: Dangerous moving to “standard” beta on 29 July

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The next beta phase will probably have more of all the things you can see in this picture.

The Kafka-esque world of PC beta naming schemes continues to be encapsulated by Elite: Dangerous, which says it will be moving to a standard beta phase on 29 July. That “standard” beta will set you back $75.00 USD if you want to enter it though, so perhaps it’s not terribly standard after all. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s an unusually expensive beta.

Frontier Developments’ explanation for these high prices is that the original Kickstarter backer rewards were priced at the same levels, so making them cheaper at this point would be unfair to those early adopters. Back in the Kickstarter days, it would’ve cost 50 quid (around $85.00) to secure access to the “second round private beta,” which I guess is this one if the ‘premium beta’ counts as the first round one. That’s a commendable stance in many ways, but does leave terms like “standard beta” open to a certain amount of criticism when it’s actually a paid beta.

Anyway, this next beta stage is being hyped as a “huge release.” More details of which will be released in the upcoming weeks.

When that beta is released on 29 July, the Lifetime Expansion Pass will be withdrawn from sale. This is a $50.00 add-on that guarantees every single DLC, add-on and expansion will be free to the purchasing player for life. The true value of this pass will only be known in retrospect. It may end up being a bargain, or not really worth it, depending on how well Elite: Dangerous does.

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  • I’m so glad I paid $150 for the “Premium Beta” a month ago. Fantastic game “as is” and if half what they plan makes it, it’ll be a history making space game. Absolutely loving it.

  • gw74

    what on earth are you on about mate?

    (1) this does not typify Kafkaesque naming convention. “standard beta” in this context means as opposed to “premium beta” which was the previous release. That is very very simple and descriptive therefore not Kafkaesque.
    (2) nor is a “standard beta” necessarily mutually exclusive from being a “paid beta”. This is both. This is the Standard Beta which is paid, open to no criticism whatsoever for the terminology it uses.

    pipe down and stop acting as if you are some sort of arbiter of what phrases mean according to your own invented private criteria.

  • lazerbeak

    I agree its weird Peter but perhaps we should all “pipe down” gw74 has passed judgement and who are we…. mere mortals to contradict him, nothing worse than a paid reviewer explaining what he thinks words and phrases mean