Elite Dangerous expansion 'Horizons' heading to Xbox One before Q4 2016

Last year, Elite Dangerous received an expansion pass called Horizons, that promised to bring tons of significant new features to the PC version of the game. So far, Horizons has added planetary landings, allowing pilots to explore, loot and battle on the surfaces of planets in Elite: Dangerous' ridiculously massive reconstruction of our galaxy.

Xbox One owners haven't had chance to join the party yet, but a senior developer from Frontier recently mentioned that Horizons should hit Xbox One somewhere between Q2 and Q3 2016.

Responding to a question on Elite: Dangerous' official forum, Senior Producer Gary Richards said that Elite Commanders on the Xbox version can expect to gain access to the ship paint jobs DLC store and the Horizons expansion sometime before Q4 2016.

"We are continuing to work on bringing PDLC, Private groups and Horizons to the Xbox. To avoid any broken promises we haven't yet publically announce release dates, but once we are confident they won't slip, we'll let you know.""It's unlikely to be Q1 but before Q4, so that's ruled out 50% of the year for you :)""Horizons is definitely coming to Xbox, that's always been our messaging and that hasn't changed."

Horizons doesn't just include planetary landings — it'll also include a brand new loot system, crafting, multiplayer ship piloting, customizable pilot appearances, and the ability to allow larger vessels to house and deploy smaller ships.

While Elite: Dangerous is an impressive sim, specifically for its recreation of the entire galaxy, I find it a little lacking in raw gameplay features. However, Horizons looks incredibly promising so far and has proven popular on PC. There's little doubt it'll breathe new life into the Xbox One version in the months to come.

Source: Frontier Forums

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  • Do we know if Horizons will be DLC or a standalone purchase like on PC? If standalone then there's no point buying E:D now if you really want Horizons features.
  • Why are you calling it standalone? It's more content for the game.
  • Thats because you can by horizons and get the core game with it now. Pretty much there is no mre Elite Dangerous only Elite Dangerous: Horizons
  • Yes!!! Can't wait.
  • There's no love for the Xbox One version. Of course we'd get it a year later. We can't even buy decals for our ships. They absolutely are not updating anything on the Xbox One platform. It's derelict. It released as a preview, and as all preview games have to advise, it may never reach full release status, and may never receive full support. It just released it on the Xbox One as a quick and easy money thing, barebones. If the expansion does somehow release and they come back to supporting the X1 version, it will be after the PC has had it's 2nd, or 3rd expansion and nobody will be playing the game on the X1 at that time, on account that it never receive the same recognition. Once I get my old PC rig updated, I'm going to get this game for that, so I don't have to sit around and wait for sloppy seconds LOL