A post made on the official Elite: Dangerous forums today has confirmed some news that many players have been waiting for; Steam keys are coming.
Elite: Dangerous has been available through Steam since early April, resulting in multiple requests for Frontier to allow retrospective Steam keys for those who purchased the game before it was on Valve’s platform.
According to Frontier community manager Edward Lewis, this will be possible from 28 May.
“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’s coming soon. 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,” his statement reads.
Steam keys will be available to “anyone who bought Elite: Dangerous from the EliteDangerous.com store who would like a key, and to anyone who buys the game from our store in the future.”
By chance (probably not by chance,) 28 May is likely to be very close to the date when Update 1.3 (Powerplay) goes on general release to all players. You can read about the announcement of a 20 May beta in our earlier news post.