Frontier Developments has partnered with Sold Out Sales & Marketing Limited to produce physical retail versions of Planet Coaster and Elite Dangerous. Theme park manager Planet Coaster will arrive in stores on May 23 (PC only). Spaceship adventure Elite Dangerous will come later this year for Xbox One and PS4 in a new Legendary Edition.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Frontier Developments on two of the best titles created in Britain in recent years,” said Garry Williams, CEO of Sold Out Sales & Marketing. “Frontier’s creativity, passion, and quality is something we admire. We’re looking forward to working together to take these titles to retail stores around the world.”
Elite Dangerous launched back in 2014 as a PC only title, before coming to Xbox One in 2015. You start with a small spaceship and a few credits. From there you’re given the freedom to trade, kill, and explore the galaxy. The first expansion, Horizons, released late 2015 on PC, and last Summer for Xbox One.
The Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition will include the Horizons expansion and 1000 Frontier Points as in-game currency. This version will be Elite’s first appearance on the PlayStation 4.
Planet Coaster released last Fall as the spiritual successor to the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. It’s a full theme park management simulator, and has received several free updates since launch. In my review I called it “a modern update to a classic formula.”
Creating physical boxes in a retail store can open up smaller PC games to all new audiences. “We want Frontier’s great games to be enjoyed by as many players around the world as possible,” said David Walsh, COO of Frontier. “We’re therefore delighted to be working with Sold Out on our retail presences for Planet Coaster and Elite Dangerous.”
Planet Coaster hits retail on May 23. Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition will arrive later this year.
Death. Taxes. Call of Duty. Activision today revealed the newest Call of Duty game, and it definitely takes the series back to its roots. Call of Duty: WWII will presumably be launching this November, as with every other Call of Duty title for the last decade and a half.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) April 21, 2017
We don’t know any details beyond the name and poster, and that it’s being developed by Sledghammer Games. An official livestream is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern which should give out all the important details, such as platforms, multiplayer, and release date.
Sledgehammer Games previously developed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
The Call of Duty series began life in 2003 as a series of World War II shooters, partially inspired by the war film Saving Private Ryan along with Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Activision’s Kevin Kelly wrote a brief history of the first few Call of Duty games, which represent the World War II series (as opposed to the Modern Warfare and Black Ops series).
“This year Sledgehammer Games joins the WWII ranks of Call of Duty with Call of Duty: WWII, which will bring the series back to World War II after nearly ten years,” writes Kelly. “We can’t wait to tell you more about Call of Duty: WWII, so be sure not to miss the reveal livestream at 10 am Pacific on April 26. We’ll see you there, soldier.”
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