We've been keeping a very keen eye on the upcoming release of Elite Dangerous' Odyssey expansion over the past few months, but unfortunately it's now been delayed on console until Autumn 2021.

In a message to fans, Frontier Developments explained that challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic were the reason for the delay, admitting it knows "how disappointing and frustrating this must be."

"Our PC plans have only been affected by a small amount, however our plans for the console release will unfortunately see a larger development shift. Please do know that these difficult decisions have been made with a focus on making Odyssey as incredible as it can possibly be for all our Commanders regardless of their platform, while also respecting realistic project deadlines for our teams during this difficult global situation."

As a result, the PC version is now targeting a late Spring release, but after continued feedback, iterations and balancing, the Xbox One version is now aiming for that aforementioned Autumn window, with no mention of a next-gen version.

When it finally does arrive, Elite Dangerous: Odyssey will allow you to take your first steps on "countless unique planets", as well as engage in "intense first-person combat" with an array of weapons and gear at your disposal.

Disappointed by this? Are you looking forward to Elite Dangerous: Odyssey? Let us know in the comments.

[source elitedangerous.com]