On the 27th October Frontier released an initial update patch following the release of The Guardians 2.2. The main change is a 50% cut in the cost of transferring ships and modules. You can read the full patch notes, here.
As announced by Frontier at Lavecon, Horizons 1.7/2.2 will see the introduction of the Commanders Log (aka Players Journal) into the game. The background nuts and bolts works as explained in the Journal Manual (official link here):
Elite:Dangerous writes a network log file primarily to help when investigating problems.
Third-party tools developers have been reading some of the entries in the network log file, mainly in order to track the player’s location.
There is a clear demand from players for third-party tools, and from tools developers for more information from the game and/or server api.
The new Player Journal provides a stream of information about gameplay events which can be used by tools developers to provide richer, more detailed tools to enhance the player experience. The data records written to this journal are much more high-level then that written to the network log.
One piece of software that makes use of this data is EDDI. As explained by it’s author,
“EDDI is a program that enhances your Elite experience by reacting to events within the game. Carrying out actions like jumping to a new system, buying and selling commodities, and many more will trigger voice responses. EDDI uses the Frontier companion API as well as the journal log introduced in 2.2 to obtain information and track your actions.
“EDDI also integrates with third-party systems such as EDDN, EDSM and EDDB. What this means in practice is that you not only contribute data to trade and exploration tools but you benefit from the information provided by them to give you a richer experience.”
The software also allows the use of Voice Attack ‘allowing uses to easily create their own responses to events.’ I had a play with it during the Beta (no voice attack used) and found it easy to set-up, but also lots of fun to have running. If you’re wanting extra immersion and information from the game, this is well worth checking out. You can download it from the thread on the official forum here.
Note: If you’re reading this on Guardians Release day, please note that the Frontier API was not up and running at the time of this post, so EDDI will not yet be working. When the API re-appears, it should be fine. In the meantime, here’s a few videos of it in action.
As announced by David Braben on the live stream, Guardians 1.7 & 2.2 is now available to download. You can purchase Horizons from the Frontier store or via Steam. Whilst you’re waiting for the download to finish, you can always read the rather extensive patch notes, watch the trailer, or read about the complete list of features here.
Released on the 25th October at 10am. You can read the full list of features, here.
Frontier have announced the following for tomorrow’s release of The Guardians.
“With The Guardians 2.2 Update going live tomorrow we will be starting the day with an AMA on the Elite Dangerous subreddit with David Braben at 10:00 BST until noon, followed by a livestream at 13:00 BST all the way through until the update is live! Come join us and get involved with these celebratory activities tomorrow.”
Update: If you want to follow/re-read David Braben’s replies to questions you can do so using the rather splendid Elite Dev Tracker here.
Update 2: If you want to read the patch notes you can find them here.
At 4.42pm on Friday the 21st October Frontier announced that The Guardians 1.7 & 2.2 patch for PC & XBox would be released on Tuesday, 25th October. If you’re unfamiliar with it’s contents, you can read about them in the preview post, here. No doubt there will be a trailer to follow fairly soon and a launch day stream with a variety of Frontier Developers, plus Mr David Braben (with biscuits and possibly his jumper!) to keep Commanders amused whilst the servers are being upgraded.
Some potentially good news from Frontier Towers, in that the server team have hopefully ironed out a bug responsible for most of the server disconnections that have been occurring since 2.1.05. As Ed Lewis explained,
“Hey everyone – just a quick note to let you know we’ve been communicating with our wonderful server wizards, and they told us the following:
“Almost all of these disconnections that some people are experiencing look like a bug that arrived in 2.1.05 and that’s been fixed in 2.2, it would be really great if you let us know if your experience is improved once 2.2 is released. We’re honestly sorry that your experiencing these frustrating issues, and really welcome all of the feedback.
“So there you go! Let us know if 2.2 helps in any way :)”