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Odyssey Canceled For Consoles, New Content Will Be PC Only

Last year, Frontier released Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, and the response was mixed (to say the least). Frontier delayed console versions of Odyssey in order to bring the game up to date on PC, and now they’ve gone further, canceling console development altogether. While the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Elite Dangerous will still receive “critical updates,” all new content will be PC-only. Frontier Founder David Braben explained the move in a blog post

It’s no secret that Odyssey’s launch was less than ideal, including the need to split the PC/console playerbase to focus on a PC-only launch. Since the release of Odyssey in May 2021, we’ve worked tirelessly to improve the Odyssey experience on PC, and while we’ve made great strides, there’s still a long way to go. We have since supported both pre-Odyssey and post-Odyssey codebases.

Over the past few months we have struggled with the best way forward, and it is with heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel all console development. We need to be able to move forward in the story of the game, and to do that we need to focus on a single codebase. Elite Dangerous will continue on console as it is now with critical updates, but we will focus on new content updates on PC based on the post-Odyssey codebase. We appreciate that this news is not what our console community was hoping for. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it was made with Elite Dangerous’ long-term future in mind.

Unsurprisingly, Frontier also confirmed that there won’t be next-gen console versions of Elite Dangerous, although they did hint that console players could eventually transfer their saves to the still-supported PC version. charged.

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The vanilla version of Elite Dangerous is available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and playable via backwards compatibility on Xbox Series X/S and PS5. Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is now available on PC.