Elite: Dangerous Jumps to Premium Beta

At $41 million and counting, Star Citizen’s unprecedented crowdfunding campaign has made it easy to lose track of that other major space sim in development. It’s Elite: Dangerous, and it’s a good time to check in on its progress because today it moves into premium beta.

Creator David Braben and his team at Frontier Developments announced this morning that the Elite: Dangerous premium beta — featuring a single-player combat build of the space sim — will open to backers today. It’s a small slice of what’s to come and Braben announced that a much bigger chunk, the “full premium beta” will be ready for backers on May 30.

“The Alpha process has worked well for us,” Braben said in a statement. “We have gradually built out the key elements of the game, first locally, with single player combat, then with a few thousand players across the internet. On 30th May the Premium Beta extends this to many thousands of players worldwide, with an increasingly rich game.”

The move to the premium beta also means interested gamers who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign can get in early at a much cheaper price. Access to the alpha is $295. Premium beta access, which is on sale at the official Elite: Dangerous store, can be purchased for $150.

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