What simply occurred? Weeks after canceling future improvement on the console variations of Elite Dangerous, Frontier Developments has revealed how console gamers can transfer most of their progress to PC. The firm additionally laid out a few of its plans for the sandbox house simulator.
This week, Frontier confirmed that those that personal Elite Dangerous for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One may obtain a free PC copy. It hasn’t revealed how or when this may occur aside from it is going to be a limited-time provide.
Last week, the developer defined which gadgets gamers can switch to PC. Players will retain all their ships, land automobiles, avatars, inventories, status, ranks, permits, codex discoveries, engineering progress, guardian tech dealer progress, crew progress, and cosmetics. Unfortunately, their squad memberships, buddies lists, and mission progress will reset. Players additionally must rename their characters after the switch.
Notably, fleet carriers will not survive the switch. Frontier means that gamers decommission the transports earlier than the switch after which use their refunds to re-buy them on PC. This technique can take two weeks and entails transferring billions of in-game credit per participant. The sport’s premium foreign money, referred to as ARX, can also’t transfer from console to PC.
Frontier canceled future console updates for Elite Dangerous in March after spending months attempting to enhance the efficiency of its newest growth — Odyssey — which solely launched on PC. Many gamers will probably make the most of Frontier’s free console-to-PC switch provide, however many others most likely do not have rigs able to operating Elite. Without Odyssey, Elite’s system necessities are extremely gentle by in the present day’s requirements, however the sport has been Windows-only for years.
Frontier additionally just lately revealed a roadmap with three extra updates deliberate for this yr. The developer guarantees to maintain optimizing Odyssey whereas creating Elite Dangerous’s storyline. A “key characteristic overhaul” is coming in early 2023, however the devs did not have a lot to say about it.