Frontier Developments announces that the Elite Dangerous standard beta will start on July 29, so the price to participate in what may be one of the best experiences for the Oculus Rift DK2 at the moment becomes much more affordable. On July 29, the expansion pack will no longer be available, a must-buy for all those who consider spending hours on this long-awaited space simulator.
This expansion pack can still be purchased for € 40 and will give us access to all future Elite Dangerous expansions. Those who have participated in the alpha or the Premium beta, which can still be purchased for € 120, already have that pack included. We already have more information about these future expansions of the game. Although there will be several minor updates available for free to everyone, the important expansions will have to be purchased separately (when they arrive, or now through the pack mentioned above). Such extra content will include:
- Landing/driving/prospecting on moons, asteroids and rocky planets without atmosphere.
- Possibility of walking in the interiors and boarding other ships with first-person foot combat.
- Fight and interact with other players and NPCs in the internal areas of the spaceports.
- Access to richly detailed planetary surfaces.
- Availability of gigantic ‘executive control’ spaceships for players.
Finally, some curious statistical data about the Premium beta:
- The commanders have traveled a total of 1,257,230 light years, which according to Frontier is about 3 laps around the Milky Way.
- 189,471 units of fish have been produced, of which 171,531 have been sold, so there are 17,940 left floating around the galaxy.
- The insurer has handed over 81,468 Sidewinders to the Commanders who have lost their ship.
Those who want can go booking the standard beta already for a price of € 60.