Elite Dangerous: Odyssey officially releases for PC on May 19, gains new trailer

Elite Dangerous Odyssey Screenshot
Elite Dangerous Odyssey Screenshot (Image credit: Frontier Developments)

What you need to know

  • Elite Dangerous is a massive in-depth online sci-fi game that puts players at the helms of detailed spaceships.
  • Its next major expansion, Odyssey, lets players explore planets in first-person with a ton of new content and features.
  • After weeks of testing, Elite Dangerous: Odyssey finally has an official release date: May 19, 2021.
  • Console players on Xbox and PlayStation still have to wait until Autumn 2021 to get Elite Dangerous: Odyssey

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is the highly-anticipated next stage for the huge online sci-fi strategy game Elite Dangerous. The sheer amount of content present in Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is commendable, but what players are most excited about is the prospect of leaving their spaceship behind and explore diverse and beautiful planets on foot. After five weeks in Public Alpha, we finally have a release date for Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, with a new trailer to boot.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey arrives for PC on Steam, Epic Games Store, and Frontier Store on May 19, 2021. That's right, we'll be able to explore everything Elite Dangerous: Odyssey has to offer as soon as tomorrow!

The latest expansion for Elite Dangerous seeks to build upon everything the game already offers with tons of new ways to play. It's clear Frontier Developments is committed to making Elite Dangerous the best sci-fi space simulator around, and Elite Dangerous: Odyssey goes a long way towards making that happen.

PC players are a sleep away from jumping into Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, but players on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, and PS4 will unfortunately have to wait a while longer. Elite Dangerous: Odyssey isn't coming to consoles until Autumn 2021.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey may be available tomorrow, but players that are interested in nabbing the pre-order exclusive "Pioneer" suit skin can still pre-order the game right now on their PC platform of choice. Elite Dangerous is already one of the best PC games ever, so picking up Odyssey is a no-brainer. If you want the best possible experience in this intense sci-fi game, though, you may want to consider one of the best HOTAS joystick and throttle combinations.

Zachary Boddy
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