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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey - fans' outrage responded to with an apology

Published: 12:23, 24 May 2021
Frontier Developments
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey

Fans of the Elite Dangerous franchise have flocked to Steam to voice their displeasure with the way Frontier Developments handled the launch of the latest expansion - Elite Dangerous: Odyssey. CEO of the company responded with an apology.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey was released on  May 18, 2021, and has already gotten into some hot water with the fans over on Steam. The new expansion pack for the beloved space-sim is testing the player's nerves with issues ranging from FPS drops to blatant disregard showcased by the folks at Frontier Developments.

The irksome glitches in Elite Dangerous: Odyssey

  • FPS drops - The DLC's FPS drop by more than half of what was advertised, even when their PCs are more than capable of handling the load.
  • Flawed taxi service - A game-breaking bug that sees the affected players trapped in a space taxi that keeps flying in circles. To "fix" this bug, the players have to wipe their characters and start over.
  • Graphics downgrades.
  • A bug that "steals" all engineering materials of one kind if you accept a reward that grants any amount of that specific material.
  • An overall downgrade in usability and available information for the UI related to outfitting and browsing stored ship components.
  • Your garden-variety Elite Dangerous crashes you know and hate.
  • Half-finished mechanics.
  • No VR support for the DLC.

 Most of the aforementioned bugs were previously reported to Frontier Developments during Odyssey's closed beta tests

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey's Steam reviews

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey's Steam page currently sits at only 31 per cent positive reviews. 

Steam user HellsBackupPlan started their negative review writing: "This is one of the worst Game/DLC launches I've ever seen. This is Anthem/Fallout 76 levels of bad."

Mr.Doggo's negative review : ">When you release a big update that makes Cyberpunk launch look good"

Gallery of promotional pictures for Elite: Dangerous by Frontier

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In response to the general outrage and bad reception of Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, David Braben, CEO and Founder of Frontier recently shared this message with the fans:

"With our first hotfix now released and another one arriving very shortly, I wanted to take a moment to address the wider community feedback and reports regarding performance issues, server outages, and bug reports within Elite Dangerous Odyssey.  

First and foremost, I would like to apologise wholeheartedly to those who have been suffering from these problems. I would like to reassure you that we take these issues very seriously and that they are our top priority and focus.  

Our second hotfix will be released very soon, which we hope will address more of the reported bugs and bring further stability improvements into the game.  We will continue to work on updates that will resolve more bugs and improve stability further.

Some of our players are reporting poor performance on machines where we would expect the performance to be good, and others are saying it is fine. We are trying to get to the bottom of this. I have been playing on my old home machine from 2014, which has an Intel i7 Extreme CPU and a GTX 980 GPU, 16 Gb RAM, playing at 1080p full screen at Ultra. I was doing this so I could have a good feel for how the game was playing on older hardware, and I used this same machine during Alpha. I have also been playing on a high spec 2021 dev machine.

I would like to thank you all for your patience and support. The Elite Dangerous community has always been at the heart of the game. We understand that there are a number of players who have had problems accessing and playing the game and I can assure you that we are focusing fully on improving this for those affected and communicating with you openly and regularly about how these issues are being addressed."

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