Previously only offered to high-tier backers of its initial crowdfunding phase, UK developer Frontier Developments has invited another 10,000 players to participate in the first beta stage of Elite: Dangerous, the ambitious sci-fi title helmed by Elite creator David Braben.
However, this particular beta won't be for everyone's tastes, as the cost of entry is GBP£100 -- around AUD$180 at today's rates. Here's what you get for that much scratch:
All the major features that have been added through the four Alpha phases are available In the Premium Beta now!
Explore 5 star systems across a 200 cubic light year volume of space set within the 400 billion star systems of the Elite: Dangerous Milky Way galaxy.
How will you play? Pirate, Trader, Bounty hunter? Join more than 10,000 people and start blazing your own trail.
The Premium Beta, which includes a lifetime Expansion pack, is available now.
- Beta online multiplayer PLUS Single Player Combat missions to develop your Sidewinder skills
- Automatic access to all the Beta development stages
- All major downloadable expansion packs as they are released
- A download copy of the released game
Full details can be found over at the game's official online store