On Saturday the 9th June 2018 Frontier attended the annual Lavecon meet and showcased some features coming in the Beyond Quarter 4 updates, as well as some things coming in the soon to be released Quarter 2 update.
At 3.15pm on the 7th June 2018 Frontier updated the situation regarding the Mining Focused Feedback.
“We have an update regarding the Focused Feedback forum schedule. The topic on Mining will arrive approximately around the 18th of June and, as a result, we will push back the topic on Exploration to a later date (still pending at this time.)
“We apologise for the delay of these topics and hope to have some more information for you soon!”
The reason given for this was,
“It’s a case of that there are ongoing internal discussions surrounding the features, and we want to polish and review them a little more before opening them up for community feedback. We can assure you that those threads are still planned!”
On the 1st June at 3:45pm Sandro Sammarco made a brief update to the Powerplay proposals suggested in his original post, here. You can see them below or on the official forum.
“Hello Commanders, a quick update.
“First, thank you once again for your participation in this thread. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
“Clearly the Open Mode question is important, so we want to spend a good amount of time examining all of the options and collecting feedback before we come to any decision. To reiterate, nothing is set in stone. This is still an investigation.
“I will be posting a new, follow up thread next week, I hope you will be able to spare a moment or two to check it out and contribute.”
At 2:00pm on the 31st May 2018 Frontier announced the release details for Chapter Two of the Beyond series as well as a short teaser trailer. You can see them below or on the official forum here. The relevant pages on this website have been amended to reflect the new information.
“We are pleased to announce that Chapter Two of the Beyond series of updates is right around the corner. In just under a month, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Alliance’s newest Chieftain variant: the Alliance Challenger. We’ve also got a selection of new wing missions, installation interactions, new settlements to explore and, to combat the ever-growing and ever-encroaching Thargoid threat, a cache of new Guardian weapons and technology from the Tech Brokers.
“And… you’ll be able to explore it all for yourselves on 28th June.
“This is the first of the two smaller instalments coming as part of the Elite Dangerous Beyond series of updates, with a larger coming in Q4 of this year, bringing Squadrons and improvements to Mining and Exploration, and much more! If you’d like to contribute ideas and find out more about what’s coming in the Q4 update, please check out our Focused Feedback forums here.
“Please find a summary of Chapter Two’s content below.
Summary of features:
New Ship: Challenger
The Alliance continue to refine their warships in the face of the looming Thargoid threat. The Alliance Challenger, envisaged as a frontline combat vessel, has stronger armour than its Chieftain counterpart and will be able to soak up a significant amount of punishment.
First introduced in Chapter One of Beyond, we are introducing a range of new Wing Mission types for you and your fellow Commanders to take on!
In a similar fashion to the Megaship interactions, which were introduced in Chapter One, Commanders will now be able to scan and interact with Space Installations.
- Scan – Scanning the installation will allow Commanders to see what they can interact with: Turrets, Comms Arrays and Cargo Bays.
- Turret hack – Disable turrets protecting other potential hackable points. This will deactivate security measures put in place to protect the Comms Arrays and Cargo Bays.
- Comms array – Get tradeable data from the Comms Array.
- Cargo bay – Fire a limpet on the Cargo Bay to unlock and steal commodities and materials.
Tech Brokers will allow commanders to unlock large weapons versions of the existing guardian tech weapons. These Tech Brokers will issue missions to collect Guardian data as well as materials and then, once delivered, will unlock certain Guardian modules of weapons for purchase. Will you turn you weapons on Thargoid or use them to pirate rival Commanders?
Thargoids continue to be an intergalactic menace! With the Alliance introducing a new ship, the Thargoids intend to up their game too, introducing new Scouts that will buff other Scouts and increase their combat efficiency.”
On the 25th May Frontier announced the Mining Discussion for focused feedback has been delayed.
Just wanted to quickly update you on the upcoming Focused Feedback threads.
Unfortunately, we have to delay the Mining Focused Feedback thread that was intended for May 28th. We don’t have a current date for when the thread will be posted but we will update the main thread with a new date as soon as we can.
Frontier will be re-opening CG submission process on the 29th May (TBC). Submissions won’t be via the forums, but by a form with templates to fill out via the website. In the future this form could be implemented into the Frontier website, but at the moment it will be via Google documents. Frontier will then look at submissions by types of submission to select ones that they want to implement. There are no new types at the moment, but with some of the mechanics being re-visited in Q4 they will be looking at improving exploration CG’s. They are hoping to do one or two a month. Player run community events will continually to be run separately. Only successful CG applications will be contacted about their submission being accepted. If you wish to see details about how to fill in the form, and further details you can watch it by clicking the link, here. Further information will appear on the Frontier forum shortly.
On the 17th May 2018 at 7pm (BST), Frontier will be discussing Community Goal submissions during a live stream.
“Player-submitted Community Goals will be coming back very soon! We’re changing a few things up, so join me and, Principal Designer, Steve Kirby to talk about the old system, the new system, why we’ve changed and how it works!
We’ll be going live tomorrow night (17/05) at 7PM (BST).
Tune in here
“See you there, Commanders!”