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'Elite Dangerous' offers space combat in a separate game

Skip the boring stuff and go straight to battle for $7.50.

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Elite Dangerous is a trading, fighting and exploration space game, but if you're only interested in the "fighting" part, you can now do that for a lot less. Developer Frontier is offering a standalone module called Elite Dangerous: Arena for $7.50 on Steam ( £4.99 in the UK and €6.75 elsewhere in Europe). That's a big savings over the $30 price of Elite Dangerous, and you'll still get session-based player-versus-player gaming and the same physics and handling of the full title. In addition, you'll be able to play owners of the standalone Arena module, Elite Dangerous or Elite Dangerous: Horizons.

Arena buyers will also be eligible to play in the Close Quarter Championships (CQC), with $100,000 in prizes up for grabs. Frontier CEO David Braben told Rock Paper Shotgun that the module should appeal to combat lovers in general: "If you're thinking of having a session of Call of Duty or FIFA or an RTS or whatever, this is another alternative that you can put in the mix."

Steve should have known that engineering was not for him when he spent most of his time at university monkeying with his 8086 clone PC. Although he graduated, a lifelong obsession of wanting the "solitaire" win animation to go faster had begun. Always seeking a gadget fix, he dabbles in photography, video, 3D-animation, and is a licensed private pilot. He followed l'amour de sa vie from Vancouver, BC to France, and now lives near Paris.
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