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Posts tagged “Frontier Developments”

Elite: Dangerous has made its Horizons expansion free for all players

As Frontier Developments wind up to launch the next Elite Dangerous expansion, today they rolled the first one into the base game for all to enjoy for free. The new content and features from Horizons are now available to all players, things like creating your own spaceman and landing on planets to drive spacecars. To folks who had already bought Horizons, Frontier are giving exclusive…

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No, this Mortal Engines-themed Planet Coaster build won’t eat your rides

Alright, listen. The 2018 Mortal Engines adaptation might've been largely forgettable, but it did a damn fine job of bringing the book series' ridiculous towns-turned-monster-trucks to life. Now, one Planet Coaster architect has crafted their own version of London-Upon-Wheels, wrapping their fantasy amusement park around a multi-tiered truck of a city. It's just a shame there's no way it'll ever move. Unfortunately, Planet Coaster just…

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey stretches its space legs in new dev diary

Elite Dangerous has always been about ships. Flying 'em, fighting 'em, crashing 'em into asteroids because you forgot flight assist was turned off. Why would you ever want to get out and walk? With the Odyssey expansion promising just that, Frontier's latest dev diary has outlined the trading, scavenging, gunslinging and mingling you'll be getting up to should you choose to leave the comfort of…

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Elite Dangerous will make Horizons expansion free for all players

Frontier Developments today announced that they'll soon give the Elite Dangerous expansion Horizons free to all players, letting everyone roll around planets in spacecars before the next upcoming expansion invites us to walk on them with our own two spacefeet. The Horizons season pass has covered almost five years of new features, including character customisation, the ability to pilot ships cooperatively with a crew, and…

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Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 returns with a Complete Edition this month

After two long years with chains on the gates, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 is preparing a grand re-opening. The rides might be a little rusty, the parks neglected, but Frontier are tidying things up with a Complete Edition of the classic theme park 'em up - packing in both expansion packs with a fresh coat of paint when tickets go back on sale this September 24th.

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Planet Zoo jets off to Australia next week

Was only a matter of time before Planet Zoo went to Oz, eh? They've got all the cool animals down there, and some of them won't even kill you for a bad look. Next week's Australia update brings a small selection of Aussie fauna into Frontier Development's zoo sim, along with a warehouse packed with down-under doodads and a host of free goodies for zookeepers…

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Feature: Nostaljunk

RPS Asks: what have you kept?

I was looking through my crate of ancient technology when I rediscovered my oldest possession: my Frontier: Elite II game box. It has been with me for 27 years. Jobs, houses, relationships, pets, and my waistline have all been left behind, but it has not. When I got rid of the system it was played on, my trusty Amiga CD32, I kept the game. Somehow,…

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Elite Dangerous fleet carriers are live now

Fleet carriers have been officially brought over to Elite Dangerous proper, following their two beta tests over the last few months. Judging by the announcement they'll work much as they did during the second beta, effectively giving players their own space station to dock up to 16 ships at. They can be moved around the galaxy (though not piloted) by burning expensive tritium fuel, potentially…

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Elite Dangerous will let you go outside in Odyssey expansion

The advanced techology of Elite Dangerous's far future will finally grant humans the impossible power of legs, according to news from Frontier Developments today.The space exploration and bwoomp simulator is getting a new expansion early next year. It's called Odyssey, and it's about getting out of your ship to jaunt about on foot on any planet you like. Well. Probably not the gas giants.

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Feature: Carry me hmm

Elite Dangerous needs to make its fleet carriers worthwhile

Elite Dangerous finished a second beta test for its new fleet carriers this week. The giant player-owned ships are scheduled to appear in the main game sometime in June.I've been ruminating on it for a while now, and much as I like the idea, the reality so far has been distinctly underwhelming.

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Feature: Feeling jumpy

I enjoy the glorious sound of jumping in Elite Dangerous

BEEEUUUUUHHHH. That's my impression of a battlecruiser jumping in to ruin, or make everyone's day, depending on its mood. For the next eight days, Elite Dangerous's fleet carriers are here in temporary form for its ongoing beta. I have not, frankly, been doing anything exciting, because I am like that. I've been enjoying the jumps, though.

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Fly Elite Dangerous fleet carriers in beta from Monday

The gigantic space exploration MMO Elite Dangerous is holding a beta to test its new fleet carriers from Monday 11th May up until the 26th.Carriers are, as you'd expect, massive capital ships (the largest available to players) capable of accommodating up to 16 smaller ships, and selectively allowing other people to dock and do business. Or, more funly, shutting them out just to be petty.

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Frontier want to develop a Warhammer: Age Of Sigmar RTS

There are a hell of a lot of Warhammer games out there. But while we've got grimdark trash and genre-defining classics, there have been very few games set in Games Workshop's newest setting. The Old World's been dead a long time - and with few exceptions, nobody's taken a real crack at Warhammer: Age Of Sigmar's multi-dimensional mythos. Until this week, when Elite Dangerous and…

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Elite Dangerous’ massive Fleet Carriers may finally take off in June

When you think about it, two years is a remarkably short timeframe for building a spaceship. Once scheduled for liftoff in 2018, Elite Dangerous' long-awaited fleet carriers are finally, almost, just about ready to take to the stars. Today, Frontier announced plans for beta sessions in the coming months, scheduled a full video deep-dive on April 2nd, and revealed just how much a nation-sized supercarrier…

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The studio behind Elite and Planet Coaster are making a Formula One management game

Frontier Developments today announced that they've landed a license to make several years of Formula One management games, with the first launching for the 2022 season. They're the studio behind the gentle management of Planet Zoo and Planet Coaster [pictured above -obvs ed.] as well as the spacemurders of Elite: Dangerous, and isn't F1 really just about pleasing crowds with colourful beetles built of space-age…

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Feature: And why tapirs are the best

How Planet Zoo narrowed 2 million animals down to 76

When Noah was faced with the task of stocking the ark, it was a fairly simple business: “two of everything, mate, and don’t bother with the unicorns.” In fact, considering Noah was most likely a hapless Bronze Age farmer trying to survive a regional flood, it was probably even simpler. The situation more likely boiled down to “as many goats as you can force on…

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Elite Dangerous squishing stability bugs in next big update, due in January

Frontier Developments have detailed the first of the promised Elite Dangerous patches focused on fixing bugs, and announced that a short public beta test of it will start next week. The sandbox space sim has accumulated a fair few bugs over the years, with some affecting the game for literal years, and Frontier are finally taking them seriously. They've put content updates on hold for…

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Elite Dangerous players will decide the fate of an ancient colony ship

The ancient and insular colony ship found in Elite Dangerous earlier this month is the focus of a new community event to decide its fate. After an event where players delivered aid and supplies, now the galactic superpowers have taken interest in the opportunity presented by a vast ship of colonists who decided to stay amongst the stars. Starting today, players are invited to deliver…

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Feature: Stop hogging the game

Planet Zoo is, temporarily, a game about mass-producing knackered warthogs

Something has... gone wrong with Planet Zoo. I think it'll be fixed easily enough, possibly even today, and I'm still having fun with it as it is. But, in the game's franchise mode at least, the promise of "build your own zoo, with whatever you like in it" has quietly been phased out for "in the grim darkness of the international animal trade, there is…

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