Elite Dangerous developer, Frontier Developments, has released the second installment in the “Road to Odyssey” – a dev diary video series preparing players for the upcoming DLC, Elite Dangerous Odyssey.

In the new video, titled “Forging Your Path,” Game Director Piers Jackson, Art Director Chris Gregory, Lead Designer Gareth Hughes, Principal Audio Designer Matthew Florianz, and Principal Animator Felix Ilsley all dive into Odyssey’s new social settlements and player agency.

The Odyssey expansion will let players discover their “space legs” – the ability to leave their space crafts and walk around on planets to engage in infantry combat or diplomatic and commercial ventures.

The video also talks about the different spacesuits you can choose from when you leave the relative safety of your ship. Suits will have strengths and weaknesses that should suit the specific role or career the player picks.

But Elite Dangerous Odyssey’s main idea is to strengthen player agency as much as possible, just like when they’re sitting inside the cockpit. Players will have the freedom to explore worlds scattered all over the galaxy, roam frontier stations, and go out on missions. But missions are not the only way to make money in Odyssey. Theft and piracy are viable options for the more ferocious of commanders.

The devs at Frontier Developments point out that the world beyond your space vessel will be more lively. The animations and sounds design have been tweaked to fit more naturally in a world that gives you more freedom to look and move around. Even NPCs’ features will match the location and the station’s faction to add authenticity to the place.

My biggest complaint about Elite Dangerous had always been that it’s a mile wide but an inch deep. The Odyssey DLC could be a turning point for the game, and I am very curious to see how it turns out.

Elite Dangerous Odyssey

Elite Dangerous began as a Kickstarter project in 2012 and was released on PC in 2014. The first expansion, Horizon, came in 2015 as a paid DLC that grants the ability to land on several types of planets. It also contains bases, land vehicles co-op, and a few other mechanics.

The next DLC, Beyond, focused on the basic gameplay improvements and alien weapons.

Elite Dangerous Odyssey was initially supposed to come out in late 2020 but was postponed to early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eager galactic explorers should be able to download it on PC soon enough.

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