During a presentation today at the 2015 Game Developers Conference, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer officially announced that Microsoft has joined forces with Frontier Developments to bring Elite: Dangerous to the Xbox One.
Following the presentation, David Braben, founder and CEO of Frontier Developments, released the following statement clarifying some of the details of what the Xbox One version will contain:
“Elite: Dangerous on Xbox One will be the complete and authentic Elite: Dangerous experience. It will not be “dumbed down”. We’ll be working with an all-new audience, but that doesn’t mean a change in direction for the game, and nor does it mean slowing development on the PC version. The second of our updates – Wings – is being beta tested by some of you right now, and the third will be coming in the spring, free of charge. We’ll be talking more about the third major update – Powerplay – soon!
More players across more formats means we can devote more resources to development. The more players we have, the better the game will become. Elite: Dangerous is a living game and it will keep growing on all our formats so long as people are excited to play it.
I’m also pleased to announce PC, Mac and Xbox One players will all share the same overarching narrative and galaxy state. That means even more players contributing to the wars, power struggles and Community Goals across the galaxy.”
An official release date has yet to be revealed for the Xbox One port, but Phil Spencer has confirmed that the game will release this summer.
Elite: Dangerous is currently available for purchase on PC.
This is fantastic news for owners of the Xbox One! With the current deal Sony has for No Mans Sky‘s release, it was the right move for Microsoft to offer a similar game to stay competitive. Personally, as an Xbox One owner myself, I am pretty excited and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy when the game is released later this year!