Do you have an interest in space simulation? Did you find No Man’s Sky to be a disappointment? Well, developer Frontier Developments is looking to heal those wounds and offer a space simulation experience on the PlayStation 4. Elite Dangerous, previously on PC and Xbox One, is finally making its way over to Sony’s console. Announced today on Sony’s Blog, Elite Dangerous will allow players to explore, trade, and yes, even fight across the galaxy. The game will also offer exclusive DualShock 4 controller features along with PS4 Pro support. The game will release sooner than later, as an early 2017 timeline was given.
I’m thrilled to announce today that Elite Dangerous is coming to PlayStation 4. In Elite Dangerous, every star in our night sky – the whole Milky Way – is there for you to explore how you choose. Fight, bounty-hunt, trade, assassinate, mine, explore your way across human space and out into the immense galaxy beyond, flying with your friends or travelling alone.
-David Braben, Founder and CEO of Frontier Developments
Elite Dangerous may seem like a new concept, but this is actually the fourth game in the series. Elite, first released in 1984, was a space exploration game. Two sequels were released afterwards, but the principles of the game will be the same. Dangerous will allow players to play with or against their friends. It will also include everything from the ‘Horizons’ season of expansions. This will allow players to carry an ‘SRV’, which stands for Surface Recon Vehicle. Players can go around the surface of planets and moons at over 100mph. This will allow players to find materials, attack bases, and seek out hidden secrets. It adds much more to the exploration.
We’ve worked hard to make Elite Dangerous the richest space simulation ever. From our love of science and astronomy, the galaxy is as real as we can make it. You’ll look up at the night sky in our own Solar system and you’ll recognise familiar constellations, then see them change as you travel away from Earth. Visit real white dwarfs, neutron stars, even black holes that exist in our real night sky.
Elite Dangerous does have the potential to be an excellent experience in the virtual reality department. Having experienced gameplay with the Oculus Rift at E3 a few years ago, space combat using virtual reality completely changed the game for me. While there is more to be announced about the game on the PS4 before release, at this time, nothing was stated about including PlayStation VR support. I have reached out over Twitter and asked about PSVR support, but have not yet received a response. You can view the reveal trailer on this page, and stay tuned for more information involving Elite Dangerous on PS4.