Elite: Dangerous single-player alpha released for backers

Frontier Developments has released a playable alpha version of its crowdfunded space exploration game Elite: Dangerous, giving backers a glimpse at the game's interstellar combat mechanics in its single-player mode.

The alpha lets players test out the Sidewinder spacecraft throughout eight single-player scenarios. The playable prototype is available exclusively for backers, but anyone can buy in to the Elite: Dangerous alpha program via Frontier's online store.

Elite: Dangerous has earned over £2 million in funding to date, following up on its successful Kickstarter campaign with additional fundraising via its online storefront. A release is set for March of next year.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.