Gaming news summary for February 16, 2015
Frontier ships Elite Dangerous: Arena as separate multiplayer game
Potential players of Elite Dangerous who just want to fly around in space and destroy other ships in a dogfight now have the option to do that, without paying for the entire game. Frontier has started to sell Elite Dangerous: Arena on Steam for $7.50, allowing players to fight each other, without having to perform any in-game trading or exploration beforehand.
The Arena release is in fact a repackaging of the Close Quarters Combat element of the space game, but as a standalone title. Rather than risk their precious main-game craft, the Arena offers four combat-stye ships to use, with it quickly respawning after the player dies. Unlike the main game, which usually requires an investment of time heading into the hours, Arena is a more fast-paced game with matches that are over quickly.
The developer hopes it will attract new players intimidated by the main game's size, reports Rock Paper Shotgun, with Frontier CEO David Braben adding "It'll bring a different audience to the game as well." Braben also suggests players of Arena may wish to upgrade to the full game, with an offer of a discount based on Arena's cost for those who make the change.
So far, Elite Dangerous: Arena has only been released on PC, while the main game is out for both PC and Mac. It is unclear if a Mac release for Arena will be made available, though it is still playable on the platform in the original game.