Elite Dangerous has been selling well above Frontier’s expectations it was revealed today.

Frontier released their financials for the six months ending 30 November which highlighted some interesting figures. To date Elite Dangerous has earned Frontier £14.1 million from sales of 300,000 units (this includes Kickstarter). Since release the game has added 250,000 new players.

A chart was also issued by the company to show their expectations over three different scenarios running until the year 2017. The “bull” scenario is the best possible results they could expect and the numbers released show they are well ahead of that best scenario target already.

Years ending 31 May
Online game ‘base’ scenario
Units sold 0.25m 1.0m 2.0m
£2.5m £10.0m £20.0m
Online game ‘mid’ scenario
Units sold 0.50m 2.0m 8.0m
£5.0m £20.0m £80.0m
Online game ‘bull’ scenario
Units sold 0.75m 4.0m 30.0m
£7.5m  £40.0m £300.0m

Originally Frontier had planned to release the game for around £10 but decided to release the game at the US$60/£40 per unit mark based on “expected quality of the game”. This price increase significantly boosted Frontier’s revenue and they say sales remain strong. 300 million is a best case scenario but they could well be on target to hit that depending on future expansion updates.

These numbers show that Elite Dangerous has proved to be a massively popular choice for PC gamers, and with more content to come, the future looks bright for the game.

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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