The expansion should be release in winter 2015 and more updates later on in Q1 2016.
There is a lot work ahead of the FRONTIER DEVELOPMENTS studio before we will be able to walk in our ships and have multi-crew but before we get these types of expansions let's have fun with planets!
You can also check these S4 "sentry" skimmers defending their territory against your assault. Prepare your skills and guns before you attack them :-).
And don't forget that there is going to be a $100,000 Clost Quarters Combat Tournament!
You can participate in the qualifying periods each month and compete against other players for a chance to win a free trip to the live final in the UK (flight and accommodation costs shall be covered).
There is still a lot of going on and the community is breathing and living with thousands of players.
And from our own personal point of view we dare to say that right now there is more fun to play Elite than Star Citizen. However both games must improve a lot to give fans and players all the toys they want. If you want to try just one game from these two tight competitors we recommend to go for Elite when the expansion is out. And right now you can still buy it with 10% discount.
Official information about the upcoming expansion:
Elite Dangerous: Horizons launches with the first major gameplay expansion this holiday: eagerly-awaited planetary landings on countless 1:1 scale worlds simulated with the same commitment to realism as our galaxy.
AN ONGOING COMMITMENT TO GAMEPLAY
Elite Dangerous: Horizons introduces major content along with new features in every update, continuing to enrich the Elite Dangerous experience with new ‘open world’ activities on the surfaces of airless worlds and across the galaxy.
INTRODUCING ALL-NEW PLANETARY LANDINGS GAMEPLAY
Elite Dangerous: Horizons launches with the eagerly-awaited planetary landings on countless 1:1 scale worlds.
Map uncharted worlds, dogfight in canyons, discover items and events you’ll only find on world surfaces.
DRIVING ON PLANETS
Embark on surface expeditions in all-terrain Surface Roving Vehicles (SRVs).
LOW LEVEL FLIGHT
Feel the subtle changes to the flight model when affected by gravity.
Attack and defend bases from ground or above.
PLAY WITH FRIENDS
Both above and on the ground in Wings, and participate in Powerplay and story events in unique ways. All expanding the depth of the galaxy.
A WHOLE SEASON OF EXPANSIONS, WITH REGULAR MAJOR UPDATES INCLUDED IN THE SINGLE PURCHASE
A SEASON OF CONTENT
The second major update for Elite Dangerous: Horizons will release in Q1 2016 with more expansions to follow.
This second major update will include additional gameplay-focused content including an all-new game-changing loot and crafting system.
ONE ELITE DANGEROUS COMMUNITY
All Elite Dangerous players will continue to benefit from ongoing bug fixes, optimizations and tweaks, and of course participating in our ever evolving, player-led galaxy.