Elite Harmful’ main Subsequent Period replace has been delayed into 2021

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Fleet Carriers nonetheless anticipated in June.

Elite Harmful’ still-mysterious Subsequent Period replace, which developer Frontier beforehand described as a “defining second within the historical past of the sport”, will not meet its anticipated December 2020 launch date, and is now anticipated to launch early subsequent yr.

Frontier broke the information in a publish to the Elite Harmful discussion board, explaining that “throughout this unsure interval, we have… needed to re-examine our long term roadmap and make some changes”. The developer – which has transitioned to working from residence throughout the coronavirus pandemic – mentioned the choice to maneuver its Subsequent Period replace into 2021 wasn’t made flippantly and “has been made with each the group and the sport’s greatest curiosity at coronary heart.”

Frontier has thus far revealed little in the way in which of specifics relating to the Subsequent Period replace, aside from that will probably be a “main new paid-for launch… which is able to dramatically develop gameplay” and can embody “important new options to enchantment to present commanders, while being particularly designed to be a compelling, enticing and welcoming entry level for brand spanking new gamers.”

Fortunately, regardless of the newly introduced modifications to Frontier’s improvement schedule, Elite’s remaining 2020 will not fully be a barren void appropriately paying homage to area. This yr’s remaining large addition would be the recreation’s much-delayed Fleet Carriers, initially introduced to launch in 2018 and now, lastly, anticipated to reach June.

Fleet Carriers underwent the primary of two deliberate betas at the beginning of April, and a second – which might be open to gamers on PC and consoles – is because of happen in Could. Frontier’s replace suggests this second beta will nonetheless go forward as initially deliberate, with the developer saying, “Every part continues to be on observe to carry Fleet Carriers to the stay servers in June.”

And whereas 2020 might now be somewhat quieter for Elite than initially anticipated, its passionate group stays as engaged as ever. Earlier this week, I spoke to at least one group of gamers which has been lending its companies to assist others beat the area sim’s grind throughout lockdown.

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