Frontier Developments’ Elite: Dangerous is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro with a promise of being the “richest space simulation ever” after a string of delays.
The announcement was made by David Braben, Founder and CEO of Frontier Developments, on December 08. While a definite timelines hasn’t still been revealed, it has been assured that Elite: Dangerous will release sometime in Q2 2017. According to Braben, they have been developing the game such that it makes full use of what PS4 has to offer and alongside that the delays have helped them tune the game to the extent that it also is able to use the unique features of PS4 Pro to deliver an experience unlike any other on the console.
Elite Dangerous isn’t a completely new game as its roots go deep in time – as early as 1984 – when it was first released. Soon after that two sequels were also released; however, the latest Elite: Dangerous is nothing like its predecessors and Braben says that it is a huge step forward from those games. While the underlying gameplay hasn’t been changed – you fight, trade, assassinate, bounty-hunt, mine, and explore your way across the galaxy in any way you choose – the game is definitely a modern day game.
With the aim of delivering the richest space simulation ever, Frontier Developments have designed the game such that it reflects that actual layout of the stars, planets, moons, and other celestial bodies. Braben revealed that somewhere around 160,000 stars in the game have been taken from real star catalogues and the rest of the 400 billion stars have been taken from stellar density maps so as to make the whole galaxy as accurate as possible.
“It’s a huge, real galaxy you can leave your mark on”, notes Braben.
So what’s your job? In an evolving galaxy, you can overthrow governments, align yourselves with powers in the game, play with one of the giant like-minded player groups, or simply strive to discover something new.
“Two giant superpowers are on the edge of war, and there are hints of a nascent alien threat that may emerge as a quite real one any time now… We’re excited to let PS4 players jump aboard at this critical moment for our galaxy!”, adds Braben. Check out the trailer below: