Elite: Dangerous Livestream shows off first planetary landing, surface recon vehicles detailed

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Frontier Developments held a livestream for its massively multiplayer space epic, Elite: Dangerous, earlier today. The developer demonstrated the game’s upcoming Horizons expansion for the game, which will add planetary exploration to the space adventure via surface recon vehicles (SRVs). Prior footage had shown what the actual surface of planets would look like, but this marks the first time we’ve seen an actual planetary landing take place in the game.

Check out the video below for a detailed look at the planetary landing and an hour worth of space dune buggy exploration.

As seen in the video above, the Frontier Developments representatives provide a detailed explanation of the SRV interface, in addition to offering updates on the developmental progress of the paid expansion. The addition of SRVs could lead to plenty of exciting new gameplay avenues in Elite: Dangerous, such as buggy racing.

The buggy movement itself is physics-driven, and conforms to gravitational laws of each planet. As such, the inertia on each planet is likely to result in a varied SRV experience. Lastly, the SRV’s ability to barrell roll mid-air looks like an interesting mechanic that’s sure to be used often by elite veterans.

The Horizons expansion is expected to be available later this year in Winter for the PC version. The expansion is also slated to arrive on the Xbox One, but there’s currently no timetable for its availability.

Let us know what you think about this brand new footage for Elite: Dangerous in the comments below.