Elite Dangerous: Odyssey’s messy launch leads to CEO apology

Elite Dangerous expansion on hold

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey was met with highly negative reception from players when it launched last week. The scathing response led Frontier Developments CEO David Braben to issue an apology.

When the Odyssey expansion launched on May 19, fans reported inconsistent performance, a smattering of bugs and recurring crashes. As of this writing, the DLC has about 2,800 negative reviews out of 4,100 reviews on Steam, which is an abysmal reception by the standards of previous seasons and expansions. Since then, Frontier has released two small patches, but issues persist.

“First and foremost, I would like to apologise wholeheartedly to those who have been suffering from these problems,” wrote Braben in a post to the game’s official forums. “I would like to reassure you that we take these issues very seriously and that they are our top priority and focus. Our second hotfix will be released very soon, which we hope will address more of the reported bugs and bring further stability improvements into the game.”

Elite Dangerous first launched way back in 2014 as a reboot of the venerable space exploration series which first began in 1984. Since then, the game has received positive reviews from fans and critics and over the years has enjoyed a large and supportive community. It remains to be seen if Frontier can correct course and point the game back towards the right star.

For Braben’s part, he concluded his post by writing, “I would like to thank you all for your patience and support. The Elite Dangerous community has always been at the heart of the game. […] I can assure you that we are focusing fully on improving this for those affected and communicating with you openly and regularly about how these issues are being addressed.”

Elite Dangerous is available on Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass for PC sans expansions. It can be purchased along with the Odyssey expansion on Xbox, Steam, Epic Game Store and PlayStation.