David Braben was taking many and various Elite: Dangerous questions on a livestream earlier today, and revealed that the Horizons beta date will be 24 November. The “1.5” update, which will add more ships to the game, will also be getting a beta; the “week of” 9 November.
A compilation of a Q&A session between Braben and users grants insights into future plans for the game. Along with the date reveal for the beta, topics discussed included plans for future updates. Said ideas included NPC ships and crews being expanded upon, as well as the addition of new races and associated lore into the universe.
Braben treated viewers to a little bit more Horizons planetary gameplay too, showing the SRV deployment from a Cobra Mk III for the first time. He drove to a large starport and lamented the fact that there were no ships taking off or landing at that particular time (so that’s something you can expect to see when Horizons is released).
Interested readers can see the gameplay below: