In a news article on the official Elite Dangerous website, Frontier mentioned that "the ongoing impact of the pandemic however, including the renewed lockdowns in 2021, continues to put added pressure on our teams and ultimately our development timeline. We have therefore had to make the difficult decision to make some adjustments and changes to our existing development roadmap."
With this announcement, the Odyssey expansion, initially slated to come out sometime in early 2021, will now be delayed later in the year, depending on which platform you will be playing the game on.
Those who were planning to play on PC will have to wait until late spring 2021. Unfortunately, those planning to play on consoles will have to wait until Autumn of 2021.
"Our PC plans have only been affected by a small amount, however our plans for the console release will unfortunately see a larger development shift. Please do know that these difficult decisions have been made with a focus on making Odyssey as incredible as it can possibly be for all our Commanders regardless of their platform, while also respecting realistic project deadlines for our teams during this difficult global situation." - Frontier.
An alpha release of the PC version of the game is still set to be released. It will happen sometime in early 2021.
"We would like to sincerely apologise to all of our community. We know you have been waiting patiently and how disappointing and frustrating this must be." - Frontier.
The Odyssey expansion for Elite Dangerous has been highly anticipated by many, as it adds a spaceship-load of new content to the game. The most looked forward feature is the ability to leave your spaceship and travel around worlds in a first-person shooter style camera. Who knows what will be waiting for you on each planet!