Frontier Developments has launched phase one of the Elite Dangerous alpha, offering backers of the Kickstarter project the first public hands-on access to the game.
Backers who pledged for access to the alpha will experience different phases over the coming months, beginning today with single player combat. They are asked to provide feedback to help Frontier further shape the project.
The studio says the aim of phase one "is to test key aspects of ship control and combat systems. Piloting a Sidewinder with varying weapon configurations, players progress through eight single player scenarios - initially designed to familiarise players with the controls, gradually increasing in difficulty and complexity".
Access to the alpha programme can be purchased for £200 from the Elite Dangerous online store.
In January, Frontier raised more than £1.5 million on Kickstarter to fund development of the game. A total of £2,149,619 has now been pledged by backers of the project.