Elite Dangerous [official site] has excellent hands. See how the fingers twitch, watch how they waggle a flightstick – just hanging around in a cockpit is oddly mesmerising. And by God I’m worried about how much inadvertent innuendo crept into those last couple of lines. Anyway: Frontier’s spaceship demi-MMO is gearing up to progress far beyond hands and into bodies and faces. They’ve just shown off their seemingly highly configurable ‘Commander’ creation tool. Whole lotta faces going on here.Puts me in mind of the Mass Effect face-tweaker quite a bit, but seems to be both far more customisable and better looking. More haircut and beard options too, plus age, which is always welcome. You’re not doomed to be a beefcake here.
Of course, you won’t generally be ogling your custom-made boatrace, as ED is very much a first-person-perspective affair, but the upcoming 2.3 update will also introduce a new in-flight camera option so you can check yourself out as you trek across the stars.
A beta for the 2.3 update, which also includes the much-anticipated multiplayer shared crew option, is due on February 26.