Frontier cancels Elite Dangerous console development to focus on PC

Frontier Developments has announced that it is ending development of Elite Dangerous on consoles.

In a message posted to the game’s official website, CEO David Braben revealed that a decision has been made to “cancel all console development” so the team can “focus on a single codebase.” Going forward, the PlayStation and Xbox versions of the game will only receive “critical updates,” with all new content being exclusive to PC.

“Over the last several months, we have been wrestling with the best way to move forward, and it is with a heavy heart we have decided to cancel all console development,” Braben wrote. “We need to be able to move forward with the story of the game, and in order for us to do this we need to focus on a single codebase. Elite Dangerous will continue on console as it is now together with critical updates, but we will focus on new content updates on PC on the post-Odyssey codebase.”

The Odyssey expansion arrived on PC early last year and was due to be released for consoles in the fall. However, Frontier announced an indefinite delay for the console release so the team could focus on fixing up the PC version.

“We appreciate this news is not what our console community were hoping for,” Braben added. “This was not an easy decision to make, but it was made with the long-term future of Elite Dangerous in mind.”

Elite Dangerous is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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