Frontier Developments has announced it’s sadly cancelling all updates on the console versions of space sim Elite Dangerous.
A letter from company founder David Braben broke the news to fans. “Elite Dangerous is a game close to my heart. It’s no secret that Odyssey’s launch was less than ideal, including the need to split the PC/console player base to focus on a PC-only launch. Since Odyssey’s release in May 2021, we have worked tirelessly to improve the Odyssey experience on PC, and whilst we have made great progress there is still more to be done. We have been supporting the pre-Odyssey and post-Odyssey codebases since.”
“Over the last several months,” it continued. “We have been wrestling with the best way to move forward, and it is with a heavy heart we have decided to cancel all console development. We need to be able to move forward with the story of the game, and in order for us to do this we need to focus on a single codebase. Elite Dangerous will continue on console as it is now together with critical updates, but we will focus on new content updates on PC on the post-Odyssey codebase.
The Odyssey expansion for Elite Dangerous launched back in May of last year on PC and allows players to leave their spaceships for the first time. The development of the expansion suffered multiple delays as a result of the global pandemic. On the cancellation, Braben concluded: “This was not an easy decision to make but it was made with the long-term future of Elite Dangerous in mind”. The team intend to share further news on the PC version of Elite Dangerous in the near future.
— Elite Dangerous (@EliteDangerous) March 10, 2022