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Console version of Elite Dangerous Odyssey has been cancelled

Published: 16:53, 10 March 2022
Frontier Developments
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey

Frontier Developments have cancelled the development of the console version of Elite Dangerous Odyssey to focus on a single codebase. 

The console version of space sim Elite Dangerous Odyssey will not be happening. After announcing the plans to release the console port on PlayStation and Xbox, Frontier Developments CEO David Braben confirmed in a letter today that the team have made a difficult decision to cancel the development of the console port. 

Braben said the team need to be able to move forward with the game's story and in order to do this they need to focus on a single platform. 

Here is the letter from Frontier CEO David Braben in full: 

Greetings Commanders,

Elite Dangerous is a game close to my heart.

It’s no secret that Odyssey’s launch was less than ideal, including the need to split the PC/console player base to focus on a PC-only launch. Since Odyssey’s release in May 2021, we have worked tirelessly to improve the Odyssey experience on PC, and whilst we have made great progress there is still more to be done. We have been supporting the pre-Odyssey and post-Odyssey codebases since.

Over the last several months, we have been wrestling with the best way to move forward, and it is with a heavy heart we have decided to cancel all console development. We need to be able to move forward with the story of the game, and in order for us to do this we need to focus on a single codebase. Elite Dangerous will continue on console as it is now together with critical updates, but we will focus on new content updates on PC on the post-Odyssey codebase.

We appreciate this news is not what our console community were hoping for. This was not an easy decision to make, but it was made with the long-term future of Elite Dangerous in mind.

With regards to what is coming next in Elite Dangerous, we look forward to sharing further news in due course.

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Elite Dangerous Odyssey launched last year on PC to mostly negative reviews on Steam. At the time of writing, only 33 per cent of reviews are positive, which certainly is not a good look for Frontier. This expansion for the excellent scape sim left a sour taste in players' mouths due to some questionable design decisions and poor performance on PC.

While the news regarding the cancellation of the console version is sad, at least the team will now hopefully focus on fixing the PC version of the game.

Frontier say they will share more details about the future of the Odyssey content as soon as they're ready. 

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