Elite Dangerous: Odyssey will let you explore the galaxy on your own two feet

By Heidi Nicholas,
The Odyssey expansion for Elite: Dangerous arrives in early 2021. It'll let you leave your ship and explore planets on foot, with a "wide variety of contracts" to try out from NPCs, as well as the introduction of social hubs and first-person combat.

According to Frontier, Odyssey lets you be a "true pioneer", as you "explore distant worlds on foot and expand the frontier of known space" and "discover land untouched since time began". New tech lets you leave your ship and explore the outposts, settlements, and social hubs — which can be used to build a crew and upgrade weapons — scattered across the different planets. There'll be NPCs offering contracts and objectives, which you'll be able to complete with various playstyles such as diplomacy or stealth, and "endless mission variety" with "a near infinite amount of content". Frontier hasn't given too much detail on the first-person combat, other than that it'll be "intense" and "multi-layered".

Now, with this announcement, we at last know what Frontier had been hinting about with its plans for the game's biggest ever update: "the next major era of Elite" and a "defining moment in the history" of the game. The Odyssey expansion is still in development, and Frontier will be sharing more info through developer diaries as 2021 approaches. Much closer on the game's horizon, meanwhile, is the arrival of fleet carriers, which join Elite: Dangerous on June 9th.

We'll be sure to update you when Frontier shares more details on Elite Dangerous: Odyssey.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!