The Elite: Dangerous space simulator has just appeared on Steam, Valve’s digital distribution platform. Frontier is looking to expand the player universe even more, on the verge of another big update.
At the moment, current Elite: Dangerous users will not be able to activate their game on Steam (although it can be added as an external game, the same as before), but Frontier Developments is considering the possibility of giving users a key to integrate it later. In any case, we assume that the game will continue to use Frontier’s servers for its updates, just like other games with their own servers and constant updates do.
And speaking of updates, after the arrival of Wings, Frontier has given some clues about the next big update for the game that they call Power Play. The team led by veteran David Braben is convinced that this is going to be the most important update and they are awakening quite a lot of hype around it. Basically, it will offer us new game mechanics for each of the main races: trade, exploration or combat. Some changes will be massive and others smaller, but no less significant. Frontier seeks to balance the different roles, and part of it is the new drone system, which will help us with mining (no more chasing the pieces of rock one by one) and with the collection of containers, something very useful for pirates who want to collect their loot quickly and disappear as soon as possible.
There will also be the possibility for some players to transfer fuel to others in the middle of space, so that larger ships or with the ability to collect fuel from the stars can feed their fighter escort when entering areas farther from space. It is clear that Frontier wants to continue improving the game and give it a little more variety and possibilities, although its integration on Steam opens the door to something that they have not yet commented on: a possible compatibility with HTC Vive in the future.