Posted February 5, 2014 by Peter in News

Elite: Dangerous moves into 2nd Stage Alpha

Elite: Dangerous announced and seeking funding
Elite: Dangerous announced and seeking funding

Being both old enough to remember Elite‘s release 30 years ago and not quick enough to deny it, seeing the progress of Elite: Dangerous from Kickstarter campaign to working game has been a nostalgic delight. The game has now taken another step closer to release, moving into the second stage of its alpha release last night.

Setting up multiplayer scenarios – more akin to FPS titles with free-for-all shootouts or pirate vs bounty hunter modes – the game is still in very early stages and more about testing functions than setting up how the final game will play. A video showing some of these games has also be released (and linked above).

David Braben is quoted in a press release describing the additions to this 2nd stage. “Player stat tracking, the multiplayer networking code and associated management are all big new systems that are being tested with Phase 2.0 plus it’s the first time we’ll be able to test how the game mechanics perform with significant numbers of players all playing simultaneously.”

Two further alpha stages are planned before the game’s release, due later this year on PC and Mac.


Peter can be described as an old, hairy gamer, a survivor of the console wars of the 1990s, and a part-time MMO addict. He has an especial fondness for retro gaming and observing the progressions in long running gaming series. When scandalously not caught gaming, he can also be found reading comics and fantasy fiction, or practising terrible photography.