Elite Dangerous: Odyssey’s new worlds won’t exist outside the expansion

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is about to completely rework the way the immense space sim renders planets. But if you don’t buy the expansion, you’ll be cut off from these strange new worlds entirely, effectively splitting the game’s worlds in two.

Currently, players with the Horizons expansion can touch down and scoot around on no-atmosphere planets. I’d assumed that this feature would carry over into Odyssey, letting them touch down on the new versions of planets—which have been meticulously rebuilt with far more geographic detail, organic flora and atmospheric effects—minus the ability to step outside and explore on-foot.