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Elite Dangerous’ major Next Era update has been delayed into 2021

Elite Dangerous’ still-mysterious Next Era update, which developer Frontier previously described as a “defining moment in the history of the game”, will no longer meet its anticipated December 2020 release date, and is now expected to launch early next year.

Frontier broke the news in a post to the Elite Dangerous forum, explaining that “during this uncertain period, we’ve… had to re-examine our longer term roadmap and make some adjustments”. The developer – which has transitioned to working from home during the coronavirus pandemic – said the decision to move its Next Era update into 2021 wasn’t made lightly and “has been made with both the team and the game’s best interest at heart.”

Frontier has so far revealed little in the way of specifics regarding the Next Era update, other than that it will be a “major new paid-for release… which will dramatically expand gameplay” and will include “significant new features to appeal to existing commanders, whilst being specifically designed to be a compelling, attractive and welcoming entry point for new players.”

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