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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey’s PC Alpha Launches On March 29

Frontier Developments has announced that the PC Alpha for the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey game expansion will begin on March 29. Prior to the release, Frontier has released a video that shows an Odyssey mission playthrough with gameplay taken from a raid mission.

According to the developer, “Take control of your own starship in a cutthroat galaxy. Some may know you as an ally; others will call you a pirate, a bounty hunter, a smuggler, an explorer, an assassin, a hero…Fly with friends, fight for a cause or go it alone.

“Your actions change the galaxy around you in an ever-unfolding story. Explore a detailed 1:1 model of our real galaxy and be the first to discover one of 400 billion star systems. Start with a small starship and a handful of credits, and do whatever it takes to earn the skill, knowledge, wealth and power to stand among the ranks of the Elite.”

In the video, a team of three Commanders sets off a daring on-foot raid of a military outpost. Their mission is to disable the power center and disarm the opposing faction. All three Commanders are equipped with spacesuits, weapons and tactical gear to execute their tasks, which can include infiltrating the base undetected, laying down cover fire if the alarm sounds, hacking, or extracting their teammates if they are overwhelmed by the enemy.

The Elite Dangerous galaxy features a rich setting and open-ended design that complements Odyssey’s feet-on-the-ground gameplay. The game offers a more personal experience for Commanders by introducing a detailed scale, which is essential for on-foot gameplay, while preserving the cosmic distances and wide-ranging missions available to players.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey will be released on PC in late spring. PS4 and Xbox One releases are planned for Autumn 2021. PC Commanders can pre-order now for access to the upcoming Alpha via Steam, the Epic Games Store and the Frontier Store. For more information, players can follow Elite Dangerous on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and visit the Elite Dangerous official website at elitedangerous.com.

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Mark Lugris is a Contributing Writer at TheGamer. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, he’s worked as a lifestyle and technology writer and editor for the past twenty years in Boston, Madrid and Zurich. Now, he’s chosen the less stressful life of freelance writing at home with his dog, where he can focus on his pop culture passions like film, television, games and sports.

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