Frontier Developments has mixed up a special new trailer for its Elite: Dangerous space game to show off at E3. The trailer attempts to convey the vast scope and freedom on offer to players of this highly anticipated game. If you are suitably impressed you can also join the Elite: Dangerous - Premium Beta program which is now open.
This latest Elite: Dangerous trailer shows off a wide range of Elite-style space adventuring activities. The trailer opens with you boarding your spacecraft, then exiting the space station, going on to navigate galaxies, battle enemies, explore solar systems, salvage wreckage, trade and even bounty hunt. Frontier Developments says that the purpose of this new E3 trailer is to showcase "the vast scope and freedom available in the largest, richest gaming sandbox ever created." To that end, we are told that you can experience 400 billion star systems, infinite freedom and can blaze your own trail through the Elite universe.
Interested Elite gamers can also now join in and play with the full premium beta version of this game. Frontier Developments invites you to become "part of the Elite: Dangerous development team," and buy full beta access for £100 (Windows PC only). For forking over that sum you will get the following:
- Beta online multiplayer PLUS Single Player Combat missions to develop your Sidewinder skills
- Automatic access to all the Beta development stages
- All major downloadable expansion packs as they are released
- A download copy of the released game
This beta opened at the end of May and was accompanied by the 'Mighty Anaconda' video, embedded below.
The current hardware minimum recommendations are as follows:
- DirectX 11
- Quad Core CPU ( 4 x 2Ghz is a reasonable minimum)
- 2 GB System RAM (more is always better)
- DX10 hardware GPU with 1GB video RAM = Nvidia GTX 260 / ATI 4870HD
- Internet connection
- Windows 7 or 8
The developers say that the final hardware spec required may be lowered thanks to code optimisations.
The game will be released in its final form on Windows PC, three months later a version for Apple Mac will be launched. Elite: Dangerous is also being built to take advantage of VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift. We don't currently know the exact availability date for the 'retail version' of the game but it is expected to be this year.