Elite Dangerous creator Frontier Developments has confirmed that the Odyssey update for consoles has been delayed so the studio can focus on addressing the numerous issues affecting the expansion on PC.
In a blog post on the game’s forum pages, founder and CEO David Braden said working on the issues for the PC release of Elite Dangerous Odyssey has brought on a shift in the development timeline for consoles. Because of this, the Odyssey update for consoles has been pushed back indefinitely so that Frontier Developments can ensure it is in the best condition before release.
“We have spent a lot of time discussing and re-evaluating our previous plans and we have made the decision to prioritize the core PC experience for Elite Dangerous,” Braben stated. “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.”
Braben stated prioritizing PC is the best option, since whatever problems are resolved there will benefit other platforms.
“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,” Braben continued. “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.”
Players can expect “monthly development update” on work-in-progress content and issues the team my experience may run into while adjusting the game. Frontier Developments is attempting to be more transparent going forward.
The Odyssey update was a major expansion for Elite Dangerous, bringing several new worlds to explore and the ability to travel on foot. However, this also brought a large amount of undesired bugs, like game crashing and inconsistent performance.