Updated: 18th October 2017
The first Elite: Dangerous release was a modern re-make of the groundbreaking 1984 space game by David Braben and Ian Bell and was made available on the 16th December 2014. Wikipedia describes it thus,
“Elite: Dangerous is a space adventure, trading, and combat simulation video game developed and published by Frontier Developments. Piloting a spaceship, the player explores a realistic 1:1 scale open world galaxy based on the real Milky Way, with the gameplay being open-ended. The game is the first in the series to attempt to feature massively multiplayer gameplay, with players’ actions affecting the narrative story of the game’s persistent universe, while also retaining single player options. Elite: Dangerous is the fourth game in the Elite video game series. It is the sequel to Frontier: First Encounters, released in 1995.”
The initial ‘season’ came in four parts, which can be seen below. A brief outline of the headline release details can be seen below. Full details of each release will follow in time, until then see the Elite: Dangerous – Current Features page for the full patch notes.
> 1.0 – Elite: Dangerous
> Released: 16th December 2014 (PC & Mac only)
The base game was released on the 16th December 2017. You can see the release trailer below.
> 1.1 – Community Goals
> Released: 10th February 2015
The first update to the game allowed “the whole Elite Dangerous community to work together, towards goals which affect the galaxy.”
> 1.2 – Wings
> Released: 10th March 2015
Released on the 10th March 2015, Wings allows groups of up to four pilots to fly together and share the rewards of their joint efforts, as well as adding two ships to the game.
> 1.3 – Powerplay
> Released: 5th June 2015
Powerplay was released on the 5th June 2015 and was designed to allow players to “Pledge allegiance to one of a number of galactic Power characters, gain rewards and influence that character’s battle for interstellar conquest, power and control.”
> 1.4 – CQC
> Released: 5th October 2016 [Xbox Release Date]
Released on the 5th October 2015 CQC was branded as “The ultimate 34th century gladiatorial contest between Elite Dangerous pilots, with intense PVP action in custom-built arenas set within the Elite Dangerous galaxy.”