Elite now opens up with "total freedom" to trade, pirate and bounty hunt across the stars. Five ships are now pilotable. Alpha purchases are now closed for Elite: Dangerous.
However you can still help Frontier and play Elite early by purchasing the Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta, with gives access to single player combat with multiplayer this May 30th.
"Elite: Dangerous Alpha 4 offers total freedom as you trade your way through the star systems, pirate, hunt for bounties, and become immersed in exploration and combat with a choice of ships and weaponry," announces Frontier.
"Explore five star sytems, centred around the Boötes constellation, with two additional methods of travel make their full debut in Alpha 4; super-cruise for accelerated within-system travel and hyperspace jumps for travel between systems. There are also new ships available to pilots, including the Anaconda."
"The five Alpha 4 star systems are themselves set within 400,000,000 star systems of the Milky Way galaxy, all of which are moving correctly; spinning and orbiting in an incredible ballet. Whilst exploration is currently limited to the five Alpha 4 systems, the ‘night sky’ is accurate wherever you travel."
Trade between star systems is now active for the first time with the economy dynamically evolving to supply and demand. The Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta package is available through thefor £100.
Check out a recorded live stream below of Elite: Dangerous' multiplayer scenarios.