With the upcoming Odyssey expansion, Elite Dangerous players will finally get to leave their ships and explore distant planets on foot. Of course, setting foot on an undiscovered planet is no mean feat and Frontier Developments will be recording the first footsteps on an unknown planet or moon for all the galaxy to see via the Footfall System.
The footfall system keeps track of all the players who first discovered and landed on a particular planet much the same way we keep a historical record of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon. This information can be found on the system map and will show the player’s name at the time of exploration. Changing your in-game name will not change the one on record. The game’s anti-cheat system will also make sure that no one gets First Footfalls through illegitimate means. The First Footfall will also only apply to the first player to step on the planet and won’t be shared between players in a group.
If you’re worried about running out of planets, you can rest assured that there’s plenty to go around. The Odyssey expansion will also feature 20% more landable planets compared to the base game.
“Elite Dangerous is a huge and expansive galaxy containing more than 400 billion star systems. To date, our players have traversed just 201 million of these systems which equates to around 0.05%. In the same way that new Commanders continue to join the world of Elite and make their own, personal discoveries, we have no doubt that commanders will have the opportunity to make their own discoveries for many years to come.”
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is set to arrive in late spring for PC followed by a console launch later this fall. Head over to the game’s official forums for more info.