UK-based developer Frontier Developments is currently running beta testing for Elite: Dangerous Powerplay, the third major update to the studio’s popular space simulation experience. The beta version is being updated on a daily basis in order to ensure as smooth a launch as possible later down the line. A release date for the full version of the update is yet to be revealed, but Frontier Developments has today posted a brand new trailer that takes a look at what players can expect to find when it does hit.
Clocking in at just under two and a half minutes, the trailer, seen below, gives fans a first look at some of the news factions that will be introduced in the new ‘Powers’ system that headlines the update. This system will see players ally themselves with specific factions, completing unique missions for them to earn new perks and rewards. Seen here are the Patreus, Torval and Hudon powers, each of which has their own section of Elite: Dangerous‘ huge galaxy map that they are hoping to expand upon.
The trailer also provides a fresh look at some of the missions that players will carry out in Elite: Dangerous Powerplay, which will be free for all players when it goes live. As with the regular videogame, the update will feature full support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) on PC. Frontier Developments is also currently working on a port of the title to Microsoft’s Xbox One console, which is expected to release this year. The developer also hopes to bring the experience to PlayStation 4 once a timed exclusivity deal for the Xbox One version has been reached.
It’s not clear if the eventual PlayStation 4 version of the videogame will support the Project Morpheus, though Froniter Developments has pledged to VRFocus that it will be supporting other upcoming HMDs. VRFocus will continue to follow Elite: Dangerous, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.