Frontier have announced that the Elite Dangerous is getting a spin off of sorts in Elite Dangerous: Arena, a standalone experience where players can live out their fantasies of space based combat.
Elite Dangerous: Arena is a standalone release, but it does work in conjunction with the player base that is already established in the main game. What it does is take the CQC, Close Quarters Combat, from the main game and make it the focus here, the best part is though that it will only run you about $10 if you want it. So for those who have been daunted by the scale of Elite Dangerous, or the price, now is the perfect time to jump in.
“Elite Dangerous: Arena is a different kind of multiplayer shooter, offering competitive gamers the chance to jump into thrilling space combat and challenge the world.” Frontier CEO David Braben said. “We showcase CQC to players at events around the world, and it’s a hit wherever it’s played.”CQC is the ultimate 34th century gladiatorial contest between starship pilots, featuring:
- Four agile, combat-honed space ships. Choose from the fast and aggressive Federal and Imperial Fighters, the damage-dealing Eagle or the heavyweight Sidewinder.
- Multiple tactical options with custom loadouts unlocked by ranking up.
- Four Arenas: Elevate’s towering view, Cluster Compound’s mining facility, Asteria Point’s cavernous space station and Ice Field’s frozen asteroid belt.
- Eight-player Free for All, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag game modes.
- Realistic, agile starship handling powered by Elite Dangerous’ advanced simulation technology.