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Elite: Dangerous surface recon vehicles detailed in lengthy video

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Frontier Developments hosted a livestream earlier today demonstrating the forthcoming Horizons expansion for Elite: Dangerous. Horizons – as we've detailed thoroughly before – will introduce planetary exploration to the space sandbox via SRVs, or surface recon vehicles. We've seen a little bit of footage showing what the actual surface of planets will be like, but the video above shows a solid hour worth of space dune buggy action (skip to the 7 minute mark to get straight into the action).

As you'll see, the Frontier Developments reps offer a pretty thorough explanation of the SRV's interface, as well as how development and debugging is progressing. At a glance the SRV physics are a lot of fun: I can see organized buggy racing happening throughout the Dangerous universe, and barrell-rolling mid-air looks like a lot of fun.

Horizons will be a paid expansion to the core game. It's expected to release this winter, or summer in Australia.

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.