At 12pm on the 27th June 2019 Frontier announced some details regarding the latest Interstellar Initiative. You can see this below or on the official site, here.
WHAT ARE INTERSTELLAR INITIATIVES?
Interstellar Initiatives are a series of in-game events and narratives that play out over the course of approximately a month. Each one features several phases that will alter as the story progresses and may end with lasting effects on the galaxy!
Phase 1 (4th July 2019)
Meta-Alloys Reportedly Growing Scarce
Aegis Research has issued a statement amid growing concerns that meta-alloy harvests in the Pleiades Nebula have slowed dramatically. A number of sources claim that Thargoid barnacle sites have recently ceased producing materials.
The situation was addressed by Professor Alba Tesreau of Aegis Research:
“Thargoid structures remain poorly understood, so we can only theorise why the barnacles in most Pleiades systems have grown barren. Our leading hypothesis is that these sites have been over-exploited in recent years, and humanity has simply exhausted this resource.”
“What is certain is that meta-alloys are both a valuable commodity and a vital component of anti-xeno technology. It is of paramount importance that we maintain the supply of this material.”
“Therefore, Aegis Research is spearheading an initiative to identify an alternative source. We ask the galactic community to support us by providing exploration data, in the hope this leads us to undiscovered barnacle sites.”
Independent pilots who wish to participate can do so by handing in survey scans to The Oracle in the Delphi system between the 4th and the 10th of July.
- Meta-Alloy production from Barnacle Sites (in the Pleiades) will start to dwindle, threatening the availability of Meta-Alloys. As this commodity becomes scarce, the price in which markets will pay for Meta-Alloys is bound to increase.
- Community Goal – Aegis Research will request the service of Commanders to deliver Exploration Data to The Oracle in the Delphi system, a combined effort to locate a new source of Meta-Alloys.
The next phase will be announced after Phase 1 has ended.
On the 27th June 2019 Frontier will be presenting a livestream showing the design and development of the Krait Mk II. Full details below.
You can see Pawel’s artwork here.
Next week, we’ll be bringing to you the next episode of our Discovery Scanner series!
3D artists Jordan Clarry and Pawel Ptaszynski will be showing the process of bringing ships from concept to construction. In this episode, we’ll explore how the Krait MkII was turned from a drawing into a ship that we now fly across the galaxy of Elite Dangerous.
- Topic – Discovery Scanner – Crafting the Krait MkII
- Date – 27 June 2019
- Time – 18:00 (UTC)
In this weeks Elite: Dangerous newsletter Frontier announced that they would be revealing details in the coming week,
“Next week we’ll be unveiling the premise of our next Interstellar Initiative, “The Enclave”. Details about it will be broadcast on our YouTube channel and on the official Elite Dangerous forums.”
As spotted on Reddit and the official forum, Frontier have placed a job advertisement for an AI Vehicle Programmer.
“We are seeking someone with the knowledge, experience and passion to work on driver AI and the challenges of driving and navigating vehicles on complicated, rugged terrain. You will play a major role in developing new game features for planetary surfaces, taking responsibility for AI control of vehicles and working with the rest of the team to enhance gameplay.
“As part of our gameplay programming team, you will work with Frontier’s proprietary COBRA engine and the game systems that create our simulation of the whole galaxy. You will build upon the physics, driving model, navigation and networking systems to create driving AI that understands and explores the surfaces of procedurally generated planets. Working in a cross-discipline game development team you will build an understanding of how vehicle AI fits into the wider game, and help the team to enhance the game with the opportunities that vehicle AI offers.
“This is a great opportunity to work on solving new and exciting problems associated with creating AI which can navigate, drive and take part in combat over many different landscapes within a procedurally generated galaxy of over 400 billion star systems, and trillions of planetary surfaces. “