You can now buy Elite Dangerous via steam:
And the NZ price isn't too bad.
I have been playing this game now for a year and have enjoyed every part of it. It breaks my
EvE -> Freelancer -> X3 -> Back to EvE cycle
I would start on EvE but feel that the universe was just disconnected and boring, so I would move onto the faster pace Freelancer but then loose interest due to lack of ship management and choice so then I would move onto X3 and find another stale universe that lacked multiplayer. Then I end up back in EvE.
Now its just Elite -> Elite for me its the perfect space game. I can dip in and out of multiplayer, experience and do everything on offer without the need of a large group of other people with their own agenda.