Frontier Developments has announced that it will no longer release content for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Elite Dangerous, effectively canceling the Odyssey expansion on those platforms.
The decision came at a critical time for the game, following the disastrous launch of Odyssey on PC. The expansion was released last May and ultimately allowed planets to be explored outside of the nave, but it was also plagued with bugs and errors.
Odyssey began racking up negative reviews on Steam and Frontier instead of picking up console versions indefinitely while “prioritizing the experience for Dangerous Elite PC”.
Since then, ten parks have been released for PC, the last of them in January. It is certain that after them the British studio will return to work on the console version of Odyssey, but David Braben, the general manager of the company, has confirmed that the console version has been canceled and, moreover, will not be taken supported by new content on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.
“It’s no secret that the launch of Odyssey was far from ideal,” he admitted in a text published in the official website“including the need to separate the console and PC user base to focus on a single PC launch. Since launching Odyssey in May 2021, we have worked tirelessly to improve the Odyssey experience on PC, and yet we have made great strides to be made.”
“Over the past few months,” he added, “we have struggled to move forward in the best possible way, and we deeply regret our decision to cancel all development in consoles. center this on a single code”.
Elite Dangerous will therefore remain in its current state on consoles, although it will receive packages to resolve critical errors. “We know this news is not what our community expected in consoles. It was not an easy decision to make, but it was made with the long term Elite Dangerous in mind.”
About this future, now only on PC, we still do not know much. Braben just said that Frontier will share more information “the time has come”.