Updated: 21st June 2018
Beyond: Chapters 2 & 3 are forthcoming free updates to any players owning the Horizon expansion and are due for release between June and September 2018. They are expected to be considerably smaller than both the Q1 and Q4 updates in size. Neither of them will have a Beta period.
> Chapter 2
Release Date: 28th June 2018
Frontier will release Chapter 2 on the 28th June 2018. They have given some brief details as to the major content in this update. You can see the trailer below as well as the major content additions.
The Alliance Challenger
The Alliance continue to refine their warships in the face of the looming Thargoid threat. The Alliance Challenger, envisaged as a front line combat vessel, has stronger armour than its Chieftain counterpart and will be able to soak up a significant amount of punishment. The Challenger will be available to all players as it has no rank lock and comes with a large, 3 medium and 3 small hard points. It is expected to be more expensive than its sister ship The Chieftain.
This has been unofficially confirmed as appearing in Chapter 2 by a member of the Frontier staff.
Rough work in progress view of the Elite classic ‘Krait’
> Wing Missions
Previously introduced in Chapter One of Beyond, Frontier will be introducing a range of new Wing Mission types. Further details are not yet available.
> Installation Interactions
In a similar fashion to the Mega-ship 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.”
Chapter 2 will also see the introduction of three new weapons.
> New Settlements
Some new settlements will appear in the game with some associated backstory to be discovered with their own unique law and narrative.
> Chapter 3
Release Date: July to September 2018 (TBC)
Chapter 3 is expected to feature additions on similar lines to that of Chapter 2. Details are yet to be confirmed.