Frontier Developments, Elite Dangerous, will be released on December 16.
The game has been available to play at a premium if you fancied shelling out for Alpha or Beta access and come mid-December the general public will also be able to take part, for the current cost of £35.
"No game is ever truly finished in the minds of those making it," Frontier boss David Braben told Eurogamer.
"When you are close to a project for a long time, you tend to see the things that have annoyed you; those things you know could be improved upon; those things you are afraid might not work well for people that are not 100 per cent au fait with the game. For me this makes a public alpha and beta process quite difficult, but it also helps focus on the bigger picture. I think the best definition is that something is launch-ready when it is a great game.
"There are two types of things that can happen at this stage," he continued. "The first is endless 'feature-creep' - new features are added which in turn cause problems that have to be fixed. The second is polishing what is there. The latter reaches a point where there are diminishing returns, but the challenge is always to be able to judge when that will be long in advance. At Frontier we have been doing this for a long time, so we are confident the date we have announced is a sensible one."
Are you excited for Elite Dangerous? It doesn't appear to be getting a retail release at all, so it looks like the only way you'll be able to get hold of this one is through the developers website.