ANNOUNCEMENT Odyssey Update 2021

More info about the impact of COVID on Frontier's devteams, and Elite Dangerous Odyssey timeframes:

 
Thanks for the update. It makes sense and whilst it will be frustrating for some it also fits in with my workload this year as I want to take time off work to enjoy the release but the beginning of this year is very busy for me.

So I'm actually happy that alpha and the release is delayed slightly especially as it means it will be a better product.

Thank you!
 
Understandable and being a PS4 commander, I’m actually fine with this.

Given the situation we all find ourselves under, the added pressure and difficulty to complete tasks to deadlines, I give full gratitude to the development team and what they are going through at this time.

Thank you for keeping us updated, o7
 
So basically PC players have to wait another half a year and console players another year? And you're going to blame all of that on the pandemic? Wow! Just wow! Also think you knew about this months ago, seeing as console players were excluded from preordering. Glad there are some other good titles coming out this year, here's hoping to find my new "forever game" so I can finally put this one in the bin!
hope you put ED in the bin already so we don't have to see you in the black with that attitude o7
 
Greetings Commanders,


We wanted to share an update with you regarding the ongoing development of Elite Dangerous: Odyssey.

2020 was a difficult year for many, but in spite of those challenges we are pleased with our progress towards what is a truly ambitious new era for the game. We’ve been delighted with the excitement and positive response to our development diaries, interviews, streams and trailers and want to thank all of you for your continued support.

The ongoing impact of the pandemic however, including the renewed lockdowns in 2021, continues to put added pressure on our teams and ultimately our development timeline. We have therefore had to make the difficult decision to make some adjustments and changes to our existing development roadmap.

Our PC plans have only been affected by a small amount, however our plans for the console release will unfortunately see a larger development shift. Please do know that these difficult decisions have been made with a focus on making Odyssey as incredible as it can possibly be for all our Commanders regardless of their platform, while also respecting realistic project deadlines for our teams during this difficult global situation.

We would like to sincerely apologise to all of our community. We know you have been waiting patiently and how disappointing and frustrating this must be. With that in mind, we would like to share with you our latest roadmap so that you are fully aware of our plans.


Alpha – early spring 2021
We are continuing with plans to bring Alpha access to our PC players and get boots on the ground. This will now be a little later than originally planned, in early spring.

Much like our original Elite Dangerous release, we will be taking a phased approach to our Alpha, bringing new features and systems online throughout the period. This will allow us to focus and best consider our community feedback while also providing vital user testing on key areas of the game. We will be sharing further information including details of feature drops and Alpha plans as we get closer to release.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Deluxe Alpha and Lifetime Expansion Pass holders will get access to this release.


PC release – late spring 2021
Following the completion of our Alpha phase we are targeting a full launch on PC in late spring.

As with every era in Elite Dangerous’ history, we will be closely engaging with our community and continuing to react to feedback refining Odyssey through to the console launch.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey pre orders will be able to access the game with this release.


Console release – autumn 2021

After continued feedback, iterations and balancing, we are targeting our release on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One in the autumn of this year.


We understand that for many, this additional delay will be frustrating. Once again, we would like to apologise wholeheartedly to our community, especially our console Commanders. However, as mentioned previously, we feel it is vital to ensure that the content being released on consoles meets the highest standards and this will require this additional extension to our roadmap.

Throughout this time we will continue to bring more news, videos and content of the development in progress. We would like to thank you all for the ongoing support and we are very excited to bring in this new era to the game with you. Your feedback, support and involvement is a vital part of this process and we are looking forward to a shared Alpha experience, which will be touching down very soon.

o7 Commanders
Thanks for the update.
Looking forward to seeing the new stuff.
Take your time. Stay healthy.
 
Not at all surprised. First Mechwarrior 5: Heroes of the Inner Sphere, and now EDO. Oh well. As I said, I was expecting this with the pandemic and the ambitious nature of the expansion. As long as it is good when it comes out I have no problem with the delay.

(Truth be told, I was expecting a delay to Summer 2021, so I am considering us lucky!)
 
So basically PC players have to wait another half a year and console players another year? And you're going to blame all of that on the pandemic? Wow! Just wow! Also think you knew about this months ago, seeing as console players were excluded from preordering. Glad there are some other good titles coming out this year, here's hoping to find my new "forever game" so I can finally put this one in the bin!
Really???
You been living under a rock for the last 12 months??

This pandemic as severly over the Planet & EVERYONE living on it.

Yes, it's delayed a release of a video game.......get over it!!!
 
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