Posted Tue Feb 16, 2016 at 09:14 AM PST by Brian Hoss
'Elite: Dangerous' players known the game's CQC mode as a hardcore PVP space dogfight that comes as part of the larger overall game. 'Elite Dangerous: Arena' takes that PVP CQC part of the game and makes it standalone. Thus those players who don't own 'Elite Dangerous' and say aren't so interested in the exploration and economy part of the game, can now test their combat skills via 'Elite Dangerous: Arena,' which debuts as a PC exclusive.
I recently dabbled in some intense CQC action at PAX South 2016, and as result, I think this is a great option for those whose who haven't yet gotten into the game and would really just want to fight other players.
'Elite Dangerous: Arena' features:
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.
'Elite Dangerous: Arena' is priced at $7.49(£4.99, €6.75, or 375 Rubles). Naturally, 'Elite Dangerous' owners don't need 'Arena,' but 'Arena' owners have the option to upgrade to 'Elite Dangerous: Deluxe Edition' (which includes 'Horizons') at a discount. (That will be the price of 'Arena' off the full price of the Deluxe Edition.)
All CQC and 'Arena' players are eligible to try for entry into the $100,000 Close Quarter Combat Championships tournament. The tournament is later this year, but selection will take place starting this spring.
Source: Frontier Developments
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