Elite Dangerous: Horizons touches down on 15 December

Currently in beta, the Elite Dangerous: Horizons expansion has been given a release date of 15 December. Horizons will be a ‘Season’ of updates, so while it’ll begin with the addition of planetary landings, there’s a bunch more planned for 2016.

At launch, you’ll be able to crash into delicately touch down on billions of planets and roam about on their surface in a buggy (assuming you’ve made the correct in-game equipment purchases with your hard earned trading/mining/murdering people money). After that, here’s what Horizons has planned:

  • Loot and Crafting, unlocking a world of customization options and adding new value and meaning to every action.
  • Multicrew, allowing teams of players to assume roles aboard the same ship.
  • Commander Creation, giving a unique appearance to players’ in-game avatars.
  • Ship-Launched Fighters, allowing larger spacecraft to carry their own short-range fighter ships for attack and defense.
  • New Missions and Ships, expanding the already massive amount of playable content.
  • New Close Quarter Combat (CQC) Arenas, providing additional challenges to prove multiplayer superiority.

If you’ve pre-ordered the Elite Dangerous: Horizons package, you should be able to start playing as part of the ongoing beta right now.

For a look at some of those possible planetary landings in glorious moving-o-vision, have a look at this trailer.

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