Elite Dangerous: Odyssey launched on PC earlier this year and has reportedly been plagued with bugs ever since. Players have cited frame drops, crashes and other issues which have caused frustration amongst the community. The problems have now affected Xbox, as the release of the expansion for console has been delayed indefinitely.
The new content is set to bring planetary exploration on foot to Xbox for the first time, but now players will have to wait a bit longer. Unfortunately there's no word on when that will be, but CEO and founder of Frontier Development, David Braben, has shared a statement via the game's official forums on the matter.
He said the team believes it's right to "focus [its] efforts on the core Elite Dangerous Odyssey experience for the platforms that [they] have released on, before opening up to more". He added that they also "do not want to rush into confirming any dates or changes this has on [the] console release."
"Ultimately, we believe it is right to focus our efforts on the core Elite Dangerous Odyssey experience for the platforms that we have released on, before opening up to more. We know that the work that we do to improve players’ experiences of Elite Dangerous Odyssey on PC will benefit other platforms in the future, but the dates and details of the console platforms are going to change.
We do not want to rush into confirming any dates or changes this has on our console release, as we must remain fully focused on the core Elite experience. Only when we feel that the foundation of the PC release is solid, will we be able to re-lay our console roadmap on top."
From the looks of it, the release of the Xbox version could be a while off, as Braben confirmed "more game updates over the coming months". He's also asked the community to bear with them as they work to fix these issues.
The expansion was already delayed once earlier this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and now this delay has put it back even further. It's a shame, but we'd rather a finished project when it finally launches on Xbox.
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