Frontier that its first Elite Dangerous open beta of 2018, designed to gather pre-release feedback on the new Beyond update, will commence on January 25th.
Beyond is the name of Elite Dangerous's incoming season of content updates, and it differs substantially to the previous Horizons season. Where Horizons was a paid-for expansion, focussing on big marquee additions to the Elite universe, Beyond is a series of free updates largely built around long-requested quality of life improvements to the core game.
When Frontier announced Beyond at its inaugural expo event in London last year, it explained that the new season . It's the first of these, known simply as Chapter One, that will enter open beta on Thursday, January 25th.