Horizons: 1.9 & 2.4 – Beta Patch Notes

Updated: 17th August, 8:01pm

Introduction

The Beta is now available for download. At 11:09am on the 16th August Frontier released the beta patch notes for Horizons: 2.4 – The Return.

  • You can read the patch notes below or here
  • See the preview of The Return here.
  • You can read about how this Beta will work here.
  • Additionally there are comments relating to changes to Holo-Me which can be read here:

Frontier Threads Feedback:

Please note:

“This is the closed beta portion, and as mentioned it is not the complete change log for release. Also remember that at release, the change log wouldn’t include anything that would spoil the narrative flow of The Return.”


New Content & Features (Horizons)

  • Holo-Me Save Slots – We have added save slots for different Commander appearances in the Holo-Me system
  • Holo-Me: Added 12 new hairstyles
  • Holo-Me: Added slots for Eyewear and Outfits
  • Synthesis can now create heat sinks, chaff, limpets and top up life support
  • Additional planetary bases added to the Colonia region for migration winners

New Content & Features (Non-Horizons)

  • Ship Rebuy Penalty – When a player commits the crime of murder (PvP only), an additional cost is added if they swap to a less expensive ship before paying legal costs during the rebuy flow
  • Pilot’s Federation Bounty – When a player commits the crime of murder (PvP only), they receive an additional Pilot’s Federation Bounty. This bounty is valid in every jurisdiction except anarchies
  • Inbox Revamp – Various quality of life improvements and a new look
  • New Chained Missions – Which can be longer than two steps
  • Hull/Canopy Repair Limpet controllers are now available
  • Preview game extras in outfitting – You will now be able to preview paint jobs and other game extras available for purchase
  • Stored ships can now be sold from the rebuy screen to cover the rebuy cost
  • Updated route plotting system:
    • maximum route plotting range is now 20Kly
    • route plotting is much faster
    • there is now an option to make use of neutron star boost when plotting routes
    • an icon is displayed on the route to show the last scoopable star before running out of fuel
  • Additional NPC stations added to support infrastructure and trade routes in Colonia region
  • Star systems renamed based on Colonia based on migration winners and new NPC locations
  • Additional space stations added to Pleiades region to support civilian expansion narrative
  • Mysterious locations added that we’re not going to tell you about
  • Added search and rescue contacts to stations across the galaxy
  • New and improved salvage scenarios added to support search and rescue gameplay
  • Made salvage commodities legal to pick up from wreck sites (will still appear illegal if dropped by ships as that is not salvage)

Fixes and Improvements

Audio System Updates

  • Audio Collision Re-factor – the way we trigger audio on collisions is different now. Should sound the same as before
  • Music system – is completely replaced! Existing music should behave exactly as before. It is now much more maintainable and enjoyable to use
  • Radio chatter – The radio chatter system works differently under the hood now, enabling us to do cool magic chatter based things in the future. Existing chatter lines should function the same as before (around star ports and planet ports)
  • Flight controllers – This system also works differently now to be far more flexible and pave the way for future ‘awesomes’. Again the player experience should be the same as before for now

Controls

  • Fixed a responsiveness issue that could occur when using the D-Pad of a controller on the galaxy map
  • Fixed an issue where the driving mode switches were not bound in the Classic Context controls preset

Factions

  • Encourage factions to not expand into starsystems that require permits

Fighters/Crew

  • Restored the missing descriptions for the GU-97 and Taipan Fighter when viewing their details via the Roles panel

Galaxy/System Map

  • Updated some textures in the System Map to reduce memory usage (without reducing the quality)
  • Fixed an issue whereby you would not get a failed message when plotting an economical route
  • Fixed an issue with how the Gemini Constellation was being drawn on the Galaxy Map
  • Corrected an issue whereby the completed mission indicators were not updating correctly on the System Map
  • Fixed an issue where ships that have been transferred were not displayed at the correct location on the Galaxy Map after logging out

General Fixes & Tweaks

  • Fixed datestamps on inbox messages
  • Various text fixes
  • Various localisation fixes

Holo-Me Creator

  • The Escape key will no longer exit the Holo-Me syste
  • Fixed a rendering issue that could occur when a Commander’s hair overlaid certain environmental fog effects

Missions

  • Add distance from star system entry to mission destinations
  • Ship kills, and actions to complete planetary hack and disable missions will now only contribute to a single mission, this will be the earliest mission accepted
  • Refactored mission selection to promote a wider selection of missions on a single board.
  • Refactored mission selection to promote a better spread of missions across factions
  • Refactored mission selection to heavily promote selection of conflict missions for both sides involved
  • Refactored mission selection to more reliably generate permit, engineer, and rank missions at eligible stations.
  • Slightly rebalanced micro resource reward selection probabilities
  • Added an inbox message when passengers alight from the ship
  • Follow-on missions can include more data about previous missions in the chain
  • Added support for missions allocating additional rewards based on station distance from the jump-in point
  • Optimisations to how system data caching for secondary sites is stored and requested
  • Significantly improve mission board loading, especially for those on high-latency networks
  • Fixed message text when trying to accept missions past the mission limit (No longer says “… of this type” when it means total missions)
  • Fixed passengers on tourism missions not realising the player hadn’t gone to the right beacon when on multiple-site trips
  • Fixed localisation text for certain parts of Ram Tah’s ruins mission in languages other than English

NPCs

  • Fixed an issue whereby forgetful Military NPCs could sometimes have left their weapons at home
  • Shooting a capital ship in a scenario where they are the bad guys no longer lands you with a bounty on your head
  • Trigger-happy NPCs will now only shoot missiles once the target’s shields have dropped
  • Fixed the falling skimmer issue that could occur on planet surfaces

Outfitting

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented players from selecting stored modules in Outfitting
  • Fixed an issue where livery items would not appear the first time they are clicked upon
  • Various outfitting items have had their descriptions fixed

Player Journal

  • Added “Luminosity” property to “Scan” event for a Star
  • Added “MissionRedirected” event
  • Added “SearchAndRescue” event
  • Added “SellShipOnRebuy” event
  • Include Latitude and Longitude info in Screenshot event if appropriate
  • Include transfer time to FetchRemoteModule
  • Include info about online friends at startup
  • The ‘Scan” event is generated for all bodies in a system, when scanning a navigation Beacon
  • Added “RepairDrone” event
  • Added “Music” event

Render

  • Fixed an OSX specific issue with asteroid decals having bright textures when mining
  • Fixed an OSX specific issue that saw station lights rendering through your ship’s geometry
  • Made some tweaks to prevent certain landing pads from being visible when using the vanity camera when docked in a hangar on a planet
  • Fixed an issue that could lead to other Commanders mysteriously floating around the screen when inspecting a fighter or SRV
  • We have made some improvements to the planetary surface textures to prevent it from ‘jumping’ when driving an SRV
  • Improvements made to station LOD (level of detail) when in a Wing

Server

  • Fix a cause of stored ships shown on the galaxy map, but were inaccessible from the shipyard
  • Fix a transaction server error when transferring stolen cargo between SRVs and Ships
  • Fix displaying the wrong language labels for Community Goal reward tiers
  • Fix displaying the wrong language in multi-crew session reports
  • Fix some incorrect faction superpower allegiance and government types used for the galaxy map, system map, commodities and outfitting services
  • Stop displaying ‘main menu’ as a last location in top bounty local news reports
  • Fix some occurrences of Cmdr Validating when displaying xbox commander names
  • Fix a transaction server error when passengers leave ship cabins
  • Fix a transaction server error in outfitting
  • Various reliability and performance improvements

Ships

Anaconda

  • Fixed error that could occur when attempting to change the Anaconda’s livery when an Engineer’s modified shield generator is equipped
  • Fixed a LOD issue with Anaconda Paintjobs
  • Tidied up some textures

Diamondback

  • Fixed some LOD issues

Diamondback Explorer

  • Fixed some lighting issues

Dolphin

  • Fixed some texture issues with the Excursion Paint Job
  • Flipped some text on the cockpit fire extinguisher
  • The Dolphin now casts a shadow correctly when in the hanger

Eagle

Fixed some texture issues

F63 Condor

  • Adjusted lighting in the livery screen

Federal Corvette

  • Made adjustments so that the bumper Ship Kit works better with Paintjobs
  • Fixed some clipping that could occur with a Class 1 Cannon in the small size 1 hardpoint

Federal Dropship

  • Patched a hole in the geometry

Imperial Courier

  • Made adjustments to the decals to prevent clipping
  • Adjusted decal 1’s camera angle to prevent clipping when using VR

Imperial Eagle

  • Removed some stray geometry that was in the cargobay area
  • Fixed some stretched textures that could be seen when your canopy ices up
  • Minor texture and geometry fixes

Lakon Type 6

  • Added new hanger cameras for the Lakon Type 6 for the rear Ship Kits and the wings

Lakon Type 7

  • Fixed a LOD shadowing issue on the top of the Lakon Type 7
  • Fixed some missing cockpit textures when viewed using the Vanity Camera

Lakon Type 9

  • Added lights to the wings of the Lakon Type 9 so that nameplates can be seen

Python

  • Corrected several vanity camera orientations

Viper MkIII

  • Fixed some clipping that could occur when equipping a spoiler Ship Kit

Viper MkIV

  • Changed the hanger cameras with rear facing cameras for the spoiler and tail Ship Kits

SRV

  • Fixed a text overlay issue with the Surface and System map buttons in the Navigation Panel when driving an SRV
  • Fixed an issue that caused the mouse direction cursor to not appear when driving an SRV

Stability Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when a nearby NPC ship was docking in a station
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when saving and exiting back to the main menu
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when reviewing Multicannon hardpoints in Outfitting
  • Fixed a memory crash that could occur in various situations while playing
  • Fixed a memory leak
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when entering an Unidentified Signal Source
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when dropping in to a Civilian Installation
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when entering Supercruise

Stations and Outposts

  • Outpost weapons platform has been completely updated with new art
  • All Outposts have had an art pass to fix minor issues and improve visuals
  • Outpost schematic rendering is now fixed to show all the extra modules, not just the core outpost
  • Modular Stations have had an art pass to fix minor issues and improve visuals in some areas
  • Various station schematic models have been updated to improve quality and fix orientation issues
  • Physics mesh optimisation in the newer station interiors to improve framerate
  • Various updates to station interiors to fix minor art issues and improve LODs

UI

  • Fixed an issue where the fuel scooping UI element would overlap with the jump charging element
  • Fixed an issue that could cause your inbox to become garbled when deleting messages
  • Fixed an issue where gunsights were not rendering correctly
  • Fixed some icons that were missing in the Multi-crew role switch panel
  • Fixed an issue where the Multi-crew session report could overlay incorrectly and not be closed when opened in the Gunner Cam mode
  • The Insurance screen will now show the last ship you were flying by default
  • Livery items you own will now be indicated with a tick
  • Removed a mysterious invisible button to nowhere from the Station Services menu
  • Corrected the Commander portraits appearing at a lower resolution in the Station menu
  • We have made some cosmetic improvements to the layout of the Insurance screen
  • Fixed an issue where a Wingman’s target marker could disappear when they target a subsystem

VR

  • We have made some adjustments to mouse behaviour when viewing the Holo-Me menu in VR so that it matches other UI screens
  • We have disabled the bloom effect when using the VR graphical presets by default, as it could be a bit hard on the eyes

Weapons

  • We have made some improvements to the animations on railgun

 

2.4 – The Return: Beta

On Friday the 4th August 2017 Frontier announced the date for the Beta release of its upcoming 2.4: The Return would be the 17th August.

“Greetings Commanders,

“We’re very excited to announce that the beta for 2.4 Elite Dangerous: The Return will begin on August 17. As 2.4 will roll out in a slightly different way to our previous updates, the same will be the case for the beta.

“The initial beta period will be open for those who have previously paid for beta access, it will then close for a few days to let us prepare for Open Beta, and then it will come back online for everyone to test. We’ll have full instructions on what we need testing in our beta specific forums, but just like the beta for 2.3.10 and as with previous updates, Thargoid specific content will remain a surprise and will not be present in the beta.

“We will still need everyone’s help in making sure that bug fixes, general improvements and more under the hood updates are tested thoroughly though.

“If you do help us out by jumping in to test we’ll give you a unique tester’s decal (we’ll share details of the decal on our social media channels) to use on your ships in the main game. These decals will be made available at a later date, and we’ll have more instructions on how you can get your hands on yours when the beta change list goes live on August 17.

“Previously we’ve held live streams on the run up to our releases, featuring details all about the features in the update. However, due to the nature of this update we wouldn’t want to spoil the narrative or interactions that the community will have so we won’t be broadcasting these reveal streams in the build up to the upcoming beta for 2.4. We’ll still keep things going with small sneak peeks here and there, but largely we really want you to discover 2.4’s secrets for yourself. After release, we’ll be hosting streams that focus on the narrative, explaining what our Commanders are discovering, explaining how you can get involved and hinting at things to come.

“Although you won’t see them in the beta, from day one after 2.4’s final release the Thargoids will make their return. We can’t wait to see your interactions with the most mysterious and terrifying things you’ll have seen in the Elite Dangerous galaxy to date. The dev team have put a lot of love in to 2.4 and we can’t wait to share that hard work with you.”

You can read the preview of 2.4 The Return, here.

Patch Update: 2.3.10 [Beta]

This afternoon, the 6th June 2017, Frontier released a Beta patch, 2.3.10. You can read the details below or here.


“The 2.3.10 beta is now live, and available for download for everyone who owns Elite Dangerous: Horizons (Please note: as with previous Betas, this is not available on Xbox One.) As we mentioned before, this beta will contain less visible changes and more ‘under the hood’ enhancements intended to improve stability and performance; for this reason we wanted to open up the beta for everyone to help test these important things. You can see the full list of changes, and a list of things we need your help with testing, in the text below.

“As an added incentive for helping us test these important stability changes, anybody who gets involved in the beta-only Community Goals will receive an exclusive in-game decal that will be available at the launch of 2.4. Take a look at the decal design below:

The decal won’t be just for your ship, but your Commander’s suit, too:

“All you have to do to receive the decal is take part in the CGs listed in the ‘Network and Physics Stress Testing Request’ section of this post.

“We’re grateful for your passion and continued support for Elite Dangerous, and your assistance testing this beta will really help to improve stability and performance of the game.

“Here’s the full list of the changes going in to the 2.3.10 beta:

Stability Fixes

  • Fixed a Commander Data error that could occur when two players switch to a Fighter at the same time in Multi-Crew
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when in High Intensity Conflict Zones for extended periods of time
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when activating Silent Running in a CQC match
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in the Capital Ship Encounters

General Fixes & Tweaks

  • General text fixes
  • Updated some translations
  • Audio: Fixed an issue with inbox message alert audio not playing
  • Audio: Fixed an issue whereby the audio would continue to loop when holding the fire button, after your shield cell bank had run out of ammo
  • Audio: Fixed an issue with the discovery scanner audio – Honks are back!

Camera Suite

  • Fixed an issue that caused the ‘Frameshift Charging’ indicator to become stuck on screen if you cancelled a hyperjump whilst in the camera suite

Holo-Me Creator

  • Implemented various changes to improve the appearance of Holo-Me in extreme lighting conditions

Installations/POIs/USSs

  • Fixed an issue whereby the Technology 06 codex entry was missing from Ancient Ruins

Missions

  • Mission board generation optimisations

Multi-Crew

  • Added the ability for Helm to limit the functionality of the Gunner role if desired (for example, preventing the use of utility style modules or deploying/retracting hardpoints)
  • Added the ability for Helm to disable the Fighter Control role if desired
  • Fix to allow the Helm access to turret mode options when they do not have a Gunner in their Multi-Crew session
  • Multicrew activities that have crew slots available are now highlighted with ‘+’ symbols
  • The ‘Switch Roles’ button will now be greyed out if your SRV is carrying more cargo than the ship has capacity for

Network

  • General network tweaks and fixes

Outfitting

  • Fixed an issue whereby the Engine Detailing slot did not appear when using the the Detailing filter tab

Player Journal

  • Fixed an issue with NPC names becoming garbled in the Player Journal

Server

  • Added a beta version of the Companion API that will be available when the beta is available here.

Ships

  • General Ship Fixes and Improvements
  • Anaconda: Fixed some visual issues with the Anaconda’s cockpit and made some improvements
  • Imperial Courier: Fixed an issue with the Imperial Courier’s Slipstream paint job
  • Python: Python ship kits no longer appear worn when fully repaired

“Here’s a list of things we’d need your help with testing. Thanks everyone! And have fun out there!

NETWORK AND PHYSICS STRESS TESTING REQUEST

“Improvements have been made to networking around sites with lots of builds and interactive objects and physics in the game. Therefore we would like to ask all commanders to help stress test the network at the ancient site on planet 1B in the Synuefe XR-H D11-102 system. To stress test please go to the site and try arriving and departing from the ruins in large numbers, in wings and in multicrew.

“Also please pick up and drop items, and throw your SRVs around at the site to test the physics.

“Please could you use missiles and mines as well as limpets on each other and objects to make sure they are still functioning as expected.

“We have placed a temporary asteroid station “No Moon” in the system to act as a base of operations for these tests and also host some Community Goals to act as guide to the sort of things we need to test.

  • CG #1 – Network Gurus Network at Ancient Ruins
    Help stress test networking and physics at the ancient site on Planet 1B in the Synuefe XR-H D11-102 system. To prove you were there please pick up and deliver one ancient item to No Moon in Synuefe XR-H D11-102.
  • CG #2 – Dedicated Testers Go Mining

“Help stress test networking and physics (limpets especially) at asteroid sites in the Synuefe XR-H D11-102 system. To prove you have been there please bring back at least 1 unit of any mined metal.

“As well as the answers above we would appreciate it if you could attempt to break the game at these locations to include the following see what happens when in wings, have people dropping out midway then dropping back in etc. Can you shoot knock the objects around? Try using vanity cams during the scenario, try swapping in and out of fighters. In multicrew try swapping roles and using ship systems and galaxy map and hot swapping throughout. Try using Commander Creator during the scenario. We are confident that you will find ways to do this that are not mentioned above, so please try whatever comes into your heads.

Elite Dangerous: 2.4 and Beyond

At 6.32pm on the 24th May 2017 Frontier announced news on the future of the game for 2.3, 2.4 and the content to come beyond that. You can read the full post here or see the transcript below.

“Greetings Commanders,

“It’s a very exciting time to be part of the Elite Dangerous galaxy. On June 27 we will welcome even more Commanders to the galaxy with the PlayStation 4 launch. These new players will join the ranks of our already incredibly active, passionate and dedicated community.

“Since the launch of Elite Dangerous: The Commanders a number of weeks ago, we’ve received messages from members of the community eagerly awaiting details about the 2.4 update and the future of the game. I’m pleased to be able to share with you a little more detail on what’s to come in the short term and slightly longer term with Elite Dangerous.

2.3.10

“The first thing I’d like to share with you is that we will be adding another point update on June 27, this will be for all platforms and will include a number of bug fixes, and stability and networking improvements. This includes the much-requested Anaconda cockpit appearance change and will also introduce greater security for multi-crew hosts to be able to disable or limit crew members’ specific activity.

“One large element of this point update is a number of “under the hood” fixes which are designed to improve stability and performance, particularly on planet surfaces. This means that we will be looking to run a beta for 2.3.10. However, we do understand that with this being a point update with a number of less visible improvements, it won’t have as many new features to play test. Nonetheless, this testing is very important to make sure the game works as we would expect. Due to the wider and more global nature of this small point update, we will be making the beta open for all and we would welcome your support in joining and spending a few hours playing and helping to ensure the update is as good and stable as it can be.

“We’ll have more details on the beta, and exactly how it will work shortly.

2.4 – “????”

“Back at EGX in 2015 we showcased the headline features that would be coming to Horizons. However, there’s always been an extra little update, a mystery if you will, that has yet to be revealed.

“We’ll be providing a little more information about the update to the community and the press during E3 on June 13th and 14th. We’ll be hosting special community live-streams and activity so stay tuned for more news and updates as we get closer to the date.

“I can, however, tell you that this update will be slightly different to previous ones – content will be revealed over time rather than all being available on day one. Additional pieces of exciting content will surface over the coming months as the narrative progresses.

Beyond

“So with the Horizon season of expansions coming to a close, what is beyond 2.4 I hear you ask? Well, it certainly isn’t the end of this amazing journey… we’re only just getting started!

“Our awesome dev team are dedicated to continuing to build and improve the Elite Dangerous experience with an exciting long term vision in mind. We’re happy to be able to confirm that the next major updates following 2.4 will focus on core gameplay, existing features, quality of life and other improvements! We’re delighted to be investing a considerable amount of development and effort into making the core gameplay experience even better for our fantastic community or players.

“We’ll be sharing more news on that content and our roadmap at a very special event coming later in the year – more details on this event will be released in the weeks after E3.

“On behalf of the entire Elite Dangerous team, thank you for your continued support. We are very excited to embark on the next part of the journey together as we continue to make Elite Dangerous an even more fantastic game and experience for our incredible community of players.”

2.3 Shield Booster & Ship Armour Changes

Sandro Sammarco today made a post on the official forum about changes made to the above, saying the following…

“Hello Commanders!

“First things first, we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to these balance tweaks that we have been running. Whether creating videos, giving testament to game play experience or making considered observations – your input is greatly appreciated, regardless which side of the fence you stand on.

“By trialling out tweaks to shield booster diminishing returns changes for an extended period, we’ve amassed more feedback than we could have obtained from a single beta. Now we’ve had a chance to go through it all, matching it up against our own thoughts and experiences.

“We believe there is a real issue where stacking shield boosters can become a path of least resistance in terms of ship defence and we’re committed to resolving it.

“However, after taking the feedback into consideration, we feel that the tweaks we’ve tested are not the best way to address the different (sometimes conflicting) issues in play, in part because of the wide variety of play styles that Elite Dangerous caters to. That’s not to say that we think the changes didn’t address the issues of ships with overly powerful shields, just that the changes were a little too specific.

“We feel that alongside any changes to shields, we want to look at complimentary changes, to mitigate various valid concerns that have been raised, such as wing-based combat and extended conflict zone play. So we’re going to step back and take another look at the issue in a holistic manner.

“Thank you once again, for all the testing, and for your continued support. We will return to this issue, we’re still confident that, with your help, we can resolve this issue and improve the game combat experience.”