Plus NPCS! Space suits! More!
Come the arrival of Elite Dangerous’ major Odyssey expansion early next year, Commanders suffering from a severe case of butt-clench will finally be able to clamber out their cockpits and step foot on solid ground; planets we’ve already had a glimpse at, but now Frontier has offered a more thorough look at the interstellar japes awaiting players as they first-person their way around social hubs such as space stations and settlements as part of its latest developer video.
Players wanting to stretch their legs somewhere a little more lively than the relatively barren wastes of Elite Dangerous’ new explorable planets can disembark at the likes of outposts, planetports, spaceports, even dustbowl-like settlements back on terra firms, and here they’ll be able to find work, undertake missions, or simply do a bit of socialising with NPCs.
Odyssey will, of course, mark the first time Elite has had fully modelled and animated NPCS in-game (they’ll be generated based on Elite’s background simulation to reflect the dominant faction in a particular area), and they’re able to move around, adding a bit of personality to the world, and giving players the opportunity to speak and interact with them.