On 5th January 2013 UK-based indie studio Frontier Developments completed a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign to develop a new entry in its long-running Elite space simulation videogame series, Elite: Dangerous. The developer raised some £1,578,316 GBP to create the project, which it would go on to confirm would feature full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Today, after extensive Alpha, Beta and Gamma testing, the developer has finally launched Elite: Dangerous on PC for £39.99.
Elite: Dangerous offers players an expansive universe to explore, with a huge amount of astronomically-accurate star systems, each containing their own unique features. Players are given a ship and some money and are then free to make their own way in this universe, taking part in dogfights, trading and piracy among other things. As revealed back in October 2014, the title now features online-only options, though it will be possible to play in single-player once users have connected to the internet.
Frontier Developers has actually made Elite: Dangerous available to many of the Kickstarter backers and others that bought into the testing version throughout the year. Support for the Oculus Rift’s first development kit (DK1) was added to this version long ago, while it was also one of the first titles to fully support the second development kit (DK2), which includes positional tracking and a 1080p OLED display. There’s little reason to doubt that support for future iterations of the device will also be incorporated as they arrive later down the line.
Elite: Dangerous can currently be purchased digitally at its official website. Don’t expect this release to be the last you hear from the videogame; Frontier Developments will likely continue to support it with patches and updates in the near future. VRFocus will continue to follow the title, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.