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At long last, here is Elite Dangerous: Odyssey's first-person gameplay in action

Six years after its release, Elite Dangerous is getting an incredible new feature: legs. With the arrival of the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey expansion next year, players will finally be allowed to exit their spacecraft and ground vehicles in order to mingle (or shoot at) their fellow leg-havers. The video above is the first real in-engine footage of the expansion.

That was shown tonight at The Game Awards, and it corroborates a lot of what we've already been told about the expansion. The first-person combat will allow for a more stealthy approach if you'd prefer, and there's a bunch of gear, suits, and weapons to find and adapt to your playstyle. The galaxy will be strewn with social hubs, where you'll meet other Commanders and presumably celebrate the simple act of walking.

The expansion still has no release date, but pre-orders have opened: it'll be £30 / $40 for the base expansion, or £40 / $55 if you also want alpha and beta access and the official soundtrack. Dates for those testing periods have yet to be announced.

If you've not logged in to Elite Dangerous for a while, you may be pleased to hear that the Elite Dangerous: Horizons expansion is now free and rolled into the base game. Now's the time to relearn how to land your ship ahead of next year's update.

Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.