A great deal of the Elite Dangerous community is up in arms over the recent announcement from Frontier Developments. The first expansion for this successful space sim is entitled "Horizons", however the way in which players obtain a copy of the expansion is really stupid. Regardless of whether you own Elite Dangerous or not, Horizons will come bundled with the a copy of Elite Dangerous and will retail for $60.
This obviously doesn't impact on those that have yet to purchase a copy of Elite Dangerous, but it's a bit of a disgraceful move on behalf of the developers and quite the insult for devoted fans who've been with them since the beginning. You're basically going to be forced to re-buy Elite Dangerous if you want to play its expansion. Recently they've announced that existing players will receive a $10 discount, but 50 is still a crazy price for an expansion. So we obviously have one thing to ask: "Is Elite Dangerous: Horizons worth paying $50 for if you already own Elite?"
Is Elite Dangerous: Horizons Worth Your Money?
So what exactly does this first expansion introduce? Planetary Landings will introduce players to the surfaces of many worlds across the Elite Dangerous galaxy. You'll be able to control the first surface vehicle in the game, the 'Scarab'. This Surface Recon Vehicle, will introduce you to the sights and thrills of planetary exploration. You'll be able to detect signals, crashed ships, mineral deposits, outposts and fortresses and various planets and moons.
- "Elite Dangerous: Horizons is a new season of major gameplay expansions for Elite Dangerous, beginning with planetary landings across the Elite Dangerous galaxy."
With this introduction comes a new form of gameplay as you desperately attempt to infiltrate strongholds, either alone or with friends. Players will explore new worlds, coasting over mountaintops, diving into canyons, landing on the surface and rolling out onto the surface in your SRV, all without loading times or breaks in gameplay.
Horizons will feature more updates as the year goes on, so we can expect further advancements to the Elite Dangerous gameplay. But Elite is currently $44.99 on Steam, meaning that players who pick up a copy of the game for the first time with Horizons are paying $15 for the expansion. You'll be paying 50 if you've already bought the game and have been an active and supportive member since last year. There's not much logic here.
A lot of players are also furious over the fact that Frontier Developments promised base landings in the Kickstarter of Elite Dangerous. However, they never stated that the add-on would be free with the base game. Still - it sucks. But where do you stand on Elite Dangerous: Horizons? Are you willing to spend $50 on an expansion and a copy of a game you already own? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!