In the latest Elite: Dangerous (opens in new tab) dev diary, David Braben has revealed (opens in new tab) the date of the Kickstarted space sim's alpha launch. Well, he's revealed the month at least, casually uttering the word 'December' while sitting in front of the entirety of space wearing a lovely salmon shirt. It won't be the full game, but rather several discreet segments - still, getting our hands on at least part of a new Elite is something to be excited about.
The alpha period will start with a test of Elite: Dangerous' combat, before moving onto different components in turn, which will eventually be bundled together (i.e. turned into an actual game) for the beta test. After that , all Kickstarter backers be given access to a 'gamma' testing phase before the game's official release.
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