Last week saw the launch of Elite: Dangerous 1.1, a new update for the popular space simulation experience that added a number of features and improvements such as a player discovery system. Creator Frontier Developments isn’t stopping there, however, as the company plans to launch its next big version, update 1.2, in March 2015. Recently the developer provided a few small teases about what to expect from the upcoming release for the virtual reality (VR) compatible experience via its weekly newsletter.
According to the newsletter, update 1.2 is set to arrive in ‘early March’ and will focus on multiplayer. This will include introducing new social systems, allowing players to group together, communicate and locate friends from across the galaxy. More specific details about these new systems are yet to be revealed. The developer also released the first look at a new ship, named Fer-de-Lance, which is also set to debut with the update. The image can be seen below. It’s also not clear if this release will see a beta testing phase as update 1.1 did.
Elite: Dangerous allows players to explore the universe with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The experience features an enormous amount of star systems for players to explore, many of which have been created using scientifically accurate data. The PC version of the title first launched back in December 2014, although the developer recently confirmed that the promised Mac version is ‘progressing well‘. A specific date for this edition is yet to be revealed.
VRFocus will continue to follow Elite: Dangerous‘ progress, reporting back with any further updates on it.