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Why fly, when Elite Dangerous Odyssey's new space cabbies can do it for you?

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey's big sell might be the freedom of finally stepping outside of your ship, but thanks to a new interstellar taxi service, you may never need to get behind the controls of your vessel again—assuming you can afford the fare.

The latest trailer for Odyssey introduced us to Apex Interstellar, a budget airline connecting Elite's sprawling galaxy (or, at least, the inhabited bits). For a small fee, you can rent a shuttle from any station or outpost to another, or else hail one if stranded out in the middle of some backwater rock.

While this could've existed as its own menu, I adore that Frontier has gone to the trouble of creating a "check-in" kiosk. This is the best look we've had at station interiors so far, and there's a real airport vibe as we move from the booking desk, through the gates, and into the hangar proper. 

Sadly, the video stops just short of getting into the taxi itself, and It's unclear whether we'll get to ride shotgun beside the AI pilot as they nip us around the galaxy.

The Elite Dangerous: Odyssey alpha kicks off next Monday, March 29th, available for anyone who's pre-ordered the game's Deluxe Alpha edition. The expansion proper arrives in late spring. Once it does, you'll never have to fly your own ship again.

An odd way to play a game that was once entirely about flying ships, but hey, I'm not judging.

A one-time dog sledder, pancake flipper, alien wrangler and indie darling, Nat now scours the internet looking for the hottest PC gaming news. Destined to become Scotland's first Battlemech pilot.