Frontier Developments has cancelled its $100,000 tournament for Elite Dangerous. The tournament was first announced in November of 2015 and would revolve heavily around CQC or close quarters combat.
Zac Antonaci, head of community management at Frontier, explained that the tournament’s cancellation was due to update delays, according to a post made on the game’s forum.
“In order to run the tournament we wanted to bring in a number of specific features which would allow us to run the event in the way we had planned,” Antonaci said. “However, as you may remember the 2.1 update required a little longer in development as we focused on game improving features that went through the core game play experience and brought our largest Elite Dangerous update to date.”
“What that means is that we won’t able to run the CQC tournament as we had initially conceived,” he continued. “We will be having a contest with a prize fund at a future date.”
Instead of the CQC tournament, Antonaci announced the first in-game PvP tournament for Elite Dangerous called the Icarus Cup. Separate tournaments will occur on Xbox One and PC that will pit squads of eight against each other, consisting of small and medium ships.
“The winners will not only be crowned the most skilled group of PVP pilots in the Galaxy but they will also walk away with an extremely exclusive Icarus Cup Decal and dashboard trophy, which is due to arrive with our 2.3 update,” the post described.