Over the course of the past few weeks UK-based studio Frontier Developments has been detailing the Elite: Dangerous Powerplay update, bringing new features and content to the virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation experience. A full release date for the update is yet to be revealed, although the developer has now shared when the Beta testing for the content will launch. While not available to all players, this testing period will help ensure a smooth launch for the wider release at a later date.
The Elite: Dangerous Powerplay Beta will arrive in just over a weeks’ time on 20th May 2015, bringing it with it the title’s new faction-based ‘Powers’ system. Along with this news, Frontier Developments has also revealed how the Galaxy Map will appear following the update, which can be seen below. The detailed map now showcases the control zones that each Power possesses. Players will be able to ally themselves with these Powers, carrying out special missions in order to gain brand new perks and benefits.
Frontier Developments has also noted that a look at the Powerplay map in action will soon be available via the developer’s Vine channel.
Elite: Dangerous has featured full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) since its launch back in December 2014. Powerplay marks the third major update for the title since that launch. Frontier Developments is also currently working to bring the title to Mac and the Xbox One. An edition for the PlayStation 4 is also planned once an exclusivity agreement for the Xbox One version has been fulfilled, though there isn’t any word on just when that might be. That said, it’s currently not clear if the eventual PlayStation 4 version will feature support for the Project Morpheus HMD.
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