Frontier Developments have announced that the highly anticipated expansion Elite Dangerous: Odyssey will be launching on PC a bit later, and much later on consoles.
Much like the rest of the world, Frontier's team has encountered a number of difficulties on the account of the pandemic, and unfortunately, some segments of Elite Dangerous: Odyssey development have taken a bigger hit.
"Our PC plans have only been affected by a small amount, however our plans for the console release will unfortunately see a larger development shift. Please do know that these difficult decisions have been made with a focus on making Odyssey as incredible as it can possibly be for all our Commanders regardless of their platform, while also respecting realistic project deadlines for our teams during this difficult global situation", they wrote.
According to the current plan, Elite Dangerous: Odyssey fans on PC can expect the game to launch in late spring, but they will roll out the Alpha version in early spring. The team will take a staggered approach, i.e. features and systems will be introduced gradually through the period, so as to ensure proper focus on each segment of the expansion.
Note that Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Deluxe Alpha and Lifetime Expansion Pass holders are guaranteed access to this release.
As for consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will have to wait until autumn 2021, as continued feedback, iterations and balancing made it clear that there's more work to do.
Frontier apologised to console commanders for the inconvenience, albeit stressing that it's vital that Elite Dangerous: Odyssey meets the highest quality standard possible.
You can find the Frontier Developments' announcement here .