Elite Dangerous: A Community Focused Open World Galaxy

Elite Dangerous is a space exploration and simulation game developed by Frontier Developments. It is the fourth installment in the Elite series, which began in 1984. The game is notable for its vast, open-world galaxy and intricate mechanics that offer a highly immersive experience. Here’s an in-depth look at various aspects of the game:


Open-World Galaxy:

  • Milky Way Galaxy: The game features a realistic 1:1 scale model of the Milky Way, with over 400 billion star systems, each of which can be explored.
  • Procedural Generation: While major star systems and planets are crafted, procedural generation is used to create the vast majority of the universe, ensuring a unique experience for every player.


  • Trader: Buying and selling goods across various star systems, exploiting economic opportunities.
  • Bounty Hunter: Hunting down wanted criminals and pirates for rewards.
  • Explorer: Discovering uncharted systems, mapping planets, and selling data to factions.
  • Miner: Extracting valuable resources from asteroids and planetary rings.
  • Pirate: Intercepting and looting other players or NPC traders.

Ships and Customization:

  • Variety of Ships: Players can purchase and upgrade a wide range of ships suited for different roles, from small fighters to large freighters.
  • Customization: Extensive customization options for ships, including weapons, shields, engines, and other modules.

Realistic Physics and Mechanics:

  • Newtonian Physics: Realistic flight mechanics, including inertia and momentum, provide a more authentic spaceflight experience.
  • Supercruise and Hyperspace: Players travel between star systems using hyperspace jumps and within star systems using supercruise.

Factions and Politics

Major Factions:

  • Federation: A democratic federation of star systems.
  • Empire: An autocratic regime with a strong emphasis on hierarchy and honor.
  • Alliance: A loose coalition of independent systems.

Power Play:

  • Players can pledge allegiance to various power figures within the major factions, influencing galactic politics and gaining rewards.

Multiplayer and Community


  • Solo: Play in a private instance without encountering other players.
  • Open Play: A shared galaxy where players can interact with each other.
  • Private Group: A customizable multiplayer mode where players can play with friends or a select group.

Community Events:

  • Community Goals: Cooperative objectives that players can contribute to, influencing the game world and earning rewards.
  • Player Groups: Numerous player-led factions and groups participate in role-playing, exploration, and combat.

Expansions and Updates

Horizons (2015):

  • Introduced planetary landings, surface exploration with SRVs (Surface Reconnaissance Vehicles), and base building.
  • Added multi-crew ships, allowing players to work together on the same ship.

Beyond (2018):

  • A series of updates that improved core gameplay mechanics, introduced new ships, and enhanced the overall experience.
  • Improved mission system, exploration tools, and mining mechanics.

Odyssey (2021):

  • Introduced first-person on-foot exploration, combat, and interactions.
  • Players can disembark from their ships and explore planets on foot, engage in combat, and visit space stations and settlements.

Have you played Elite Dangerous? What’s your favourite Part of Elite Dangerous? We’d love to hear from you. 

Other things you might want to know:

Which is better, No Man’s Sky or Elite Dangerous?

If youre looking for a more complex and grittier game then chose Elite Dangerous, especially for its multiplayer offerings.

Is Elite Dangerous free to play?

You need to register a free Elite Dangerous account with Frontier before playing.

Is Elite Dangerous a fun game?

Its a grindy game with nice combat and gritty gameplay.

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