|From the get-go, it's even what Horizon will bring to the world of Elite|
Before anything else, let me explain the difference of base Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizon. It doesn't matter which game you own, as all the players share the same universe. Elite Dangerous is still getting updates, in fact, 1.5 update came out the same time with Horizon. ED:H is the 2.0 version of ED that inserts planetary landings to the game and will get exclusive updates through the year, while base ED will be getting updates aimed for those who don't own Horizon. Horizon itself is a paid expansion to ED, though it includes the base game as well, so if you're interested in getting ED now, get Horizon directly, as otherwise, you'll just be wasting money. Or if you already own ED, but not a lifetime pass for it, you can always wait for ED:H to go on sale, as it is a tad expensive.
|Landing to a planet base. There's bigger places as well than this, filled with high-rise buildings.|
|Planets and moons you can land on SOL system alone. While all the gas giants and places like Earth and Mars are off limits in Horizon, the places you can actually land make the majority of the system.|
Now a small moment of honesty: as of YET Horizon doesn't actually bring that much new to the table in terms of gameplay. Sure, you can land on the planet. You can fly around it and land anywhere you see fit. And I mean anywhere. You don't need a landing field, only an open space where you can drop your ship. And then you can board your little SRV and drive like a madman all around the planet. And all that is fun and mesmerizing and amazing, at least for a couple of first times.
|Bases and cities on the surface of Europa. You can get missions from them and complete them the same way you do from the space stations.|
Through the future updates, Frontier will add more stuff to Horizon. There's already a base for the crafting system in the form of synthesis: you mine rocks (or shoot them really) on planet surfaces and gather minerals in order to use synthesis for better ammunition and FSD injectors, which increase the jump range of your ship. There will be multicrew system that allows multiple people to board and operate one ship. And then there's a commander creator which finally allows you to craft a pilot of your liking to occupy the ship you fly. Frontier has plans that go even further than that, but as usual, they're tight-lipped about it.
|Closing in Charon. Notice, that the shape is irregular now instead of just an even sphere.|
|The mountains of Charon|
While Horizon is a good and welcome addition to the world of Elite, I do hope that Frontier will rethink their pricing policy for the future. As of now, as an expansion, Horizon is a tad expensive especially if you own the base game already. Granted, as I did pre-purchase it, I did get it cheaper than what you can buy it now, but it still felt like a bit too expensive. Had it not opened up a feature I had wanted to see since I first bought Elite Dangerous I would have waited for a bigger sale. But I am weak and the planets called me.
|SRV fun in the surface|
But looking at the future, I don't know. This whole model Frontier is on feels a bit too punishing for the old customers. Sure, had I not previously owned ED, I wouldn't feel a bit soured about the price. But even with the discount I can't help but feel a bit disappointed. So, again, I do hope that Frontier rethinks their price model for the future, as Elite Dangerous is a game I'd love to see getting stronger and even bigger, as, despite its flaws, it still is an impressive achievement getting more and more impressive.
|If all goes as Frontier is planning, at some point, this might take place on a planet steaming with life. But for now, dead worlds have to suffice|