Frontier Developments has promised us a few features down the road for Elite: Dangerous, and they haven't forgotten about the content that we've all been waiting for. It was those promises that drew many in, and now they're going to deliver, in spades. At Gamescom 2015 they announced Elite Dangerous: Horizons; a series of highly profound expansions that'll be released continuously into 2016.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons brings us planetary landings on a 1:1 scale. Prepare for the invasion.
An entire 'season' of expansions, as they're calling it, are about to become ours to play. Frontier is specifically excited to finally bring to us the planetary landing capability that we've all been waiting very patiently for. you'll be able to use a Surface Recon Vehicle (or SRV) Scarab in order to land on and explore a tremendous amount of the planets in the 400 billion star systems out there. Scan worlds and you just might detect strange signals, crashed ships, lucrative mining opportunities or even outposts and other fortresses that you could raid.
The best part is that all of this has been implemented without loading screens, so the journey to the surface will be incredibly seamless. You'll be able to fly around the surface, enjoying the gorgeous scenery before picking the right spot to debark.
The first expansion in Elite Dangerous: Horizons, the planetary landing capability, is arriving this holiday season. A second expansion following that will be available sometime in the first quarter of 2016 and brings with it new loot and an entirely new crafting system.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons will launch this Holiday for £39.99 (€49.99, $59.99), unlocking a full season of major expansions and gameplay updates. Existing Elite Dangerous players will receive a £10 (€14, $15) loyalty discount off the retail price and unlock the exclusive ‘Cobra Mk IV’ in-game spacecraft for purchase with in-game currency in Elite Dangerous: Horizons.