Today has seen the release of Elite Dangerous: Arena, a stripped down combat version of the game. Based on ship-to-ship combat it comes at a reasonable price of £5, which is bound to catch many people’s interest.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Frontier Boss David Braben talked about Arena and what it brings to the main game:
“Elite players get very attached to their ships, and they don’t want to risk them in PVP,” says Braben. “You’ll play against Elite Dangerous players in Arena, but you won’t mind risking your ship as much as they might. You’ll push it right to the edge, but in the main game you’re less encouraged to take risks.”
On who it will appeal to, he revealed:
“A whole new set of people,” he says. “We don’t know how many there are, but my gut feeling is that there are quite a lot of people who want to play a session-based game like this. Some will move over to the main game, but a lot won’t.”
“It’ll be interesting to see how people respond to Arena,” he continues. “The low price will bring new people to this type of game. Especially different age groups. People who only play Call of Duty with their friends might play it, for example.”
Much like the recently released Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Starter Pack that has been released for Call of Duty, it will be interesting to see if this version of Elite Dangerous will push players to upgrade to the main game. It is also interesting that this split comes at the time when H1Z1 has seen a similar move to separating PVP and survival styles of gameplay.
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