The popular virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulator, Elite: Dangerous by Frontier Developments will soon be getting a series of expansions under the moniker Horizons. In the run up Frontier Developments has released a behind the scenes video of the rendering team as they take viewers on a tour of the Stellar Forge galaxy-building engine and show how Frontier is recreating an entire galaxy for players to explore, trade, fight and survive in.
The video below is a small snippet of the entire tour, which is an hour long. Elite Dangerous: Horizons first expansion ‘Planetary Landings’ will allow players to land on airless worlds throughout the 400 billion star systems of the developers simulated Milky Way. Every planet is based on real science, and this portion of the video looks at an ice world that is modelled on Europa, a moon that orbits Jupiter and a rock planet covered in craters.
Players will be able to explore these planet surfaces by testing the all-new Surface Recon Vehicle (SRV) the ‘Scarab’. Also available is the ability to scan airless planets and moons to detect signals, crashed ships, mineral deposits, outposts and fortresses.
There has been no confirmation from the studio if Elite Dangerous: Horizons will support VR, but VRFocus will report back as soon as further announcements are made.