Upcoming: 3.0.3 Update

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“Hi everyone,

“Just wanted to thank you for your continued community feedback, patience and support – the constructive reports and information we’ve received from you has been incredibly important in allowing us to fix bugs and resolve game issues. All of it is being taken into account, so please keep it coming, and thank you for keeping it as constructive as possible.

“We have noticed a lot of discussion surrounding various issues and the temporary fixes in place for those issues. We wanted to take a moment to update you on what steps we are making to resolve various issues.

“Here are some of the issues we’ve previously spoken on:

  • Engineer Guardian Modules – It was possible to engineering Guardian Modules when it shouldn’t have been. We’ve prevented players from engineering the module and offered a compensation package to affected players who had engineered their modules.
  • Skimmer Missions – The payouts for these skimmer missions exceeded what we felt was appropriate for these missions, so we have temporarily removed them. We are working on a fix, details of when we expect that to be in game are below
  • Mining Missions – Mining missions offered rewards which could then be used to complete additional mining missions. This was not the intended use of the new mission reward system so we have temporarily removed mining missions.

“While the solutions we have implemented are temporary, permanent fixes for the above issues are on their way with the 3.0.3 update. We expect this update to be released at the end of next week or at the start of the following week, depending on how our internal tests go.

“Here’s a list of things we’re currently working on for that update*:

  • Updates to the Kill Warrant Scanner (including licence to kill if a bounty is detected)
  • Updates to the generation of bounties on AI ships (to improve background simulation and support the new KWS)
  • Superpower bounties
  • Updates to the respawn rule (to improve flow robustness and legibility)
  • Locking off outfitting (to stop confusing flow for players trying to wipe low cost fines/bounties and being stung with huge module cleaning bills, and to close a missed ‘loop hole’ where players didn’t have to face the consequences of crime)
  • Skimmer missions re-enabled, with improved effectiveness of anti-ship base weaponry. Missions will no longer select planetary bases with inefficient defences
  • Mining missions re-enabled and no longer offer the same commodities as a reward that would be required by other local missions
  • ATR response now being cleared after death
  • Mining fragments now show the % of what resources it contains
  • Massacre missions now spawn for factions in a war state
  • Galaxy map configuration now persists
  • Adjusted settlement data so that missions no longer erroneously direct players to locations where they cannot be completed
  • Increased bulk passenger mission rewards and balanced the rewards for Wing Delivery missions, and addressed issues with reputation gain
  • Stop players being able to delete wing mission reward inbox messages, which stopped them from being able to collect the reward
  • Players can pay of fines that were incurred whilst in the SRV
  • Rank up missions now appear as a ‘follow up’ mission, to make it clear to the player
  • Fixed gyroscopic head look on PS4
  • Fixed collector limpets so that they automatically ignore materials that you have maxed out
  • Fixed collector limpets so they ignore correctly when used by Gunner role in Multi-crew

“*This is a near-complete list of things we are working on and aim to fix with release of the 3.0.3 update.

“We’ll be sure to update you on any further information as soon as it becomes available and we thank you for your patience.


Will and the Frontier Developments Team”

Patch Update: 3.0.2

On the 6th March at 10:09am Frontier announced the servers would be taken down so the 3.0.2 patch could be applied to the game. The patch notes will appear below and here once they are made available.


  • Fixed cases of Data Links not having any audio


  • Fixed the missing main menu background for the XB1 Arena Edition

Controls & Control Devices

  • Changes made to the throttle at any point during a hyperspace jump should now be preserved properly
  • Fixed various T.Flight Hotas One and T.Flight Hotas 4 conflicts and issues for the default bindings
  • Assigned a CQC scoreboard binding for T.Flight Hotas One and T.Flight Hotas 4 for all platforms


  • Notoriety exemption for murder by ramming now applies everywhere, not just near stations


  • Applying a new blueprint will now correctly update the icon to indicate it’s selected
  • Fixed an issue whereby applying a second blueprint immediately after creating the first caused the game to softlock
  • Fixed issue where material and data capacities reset to 100 after generating an Engineer Blueprint
  • Fixed an issue where clicking on the list of experimental effects consumed materials

Holo-Me Creator

  • Fixed an issue where outfits you do not own would remain displayed when backing out of a sub menu


  • Fixed instances of Pictograms not displaying correctly at Guardian Sites
  • Fixed some collision detection at a Guardian Site
  • Fixed issue where Guardian Blueprints could be incorrectly obtained by scanning a codex


  • Fixed an issue where the Thargoid Massacre mission would not update correctly
  • Engineered AI ships have been added to Assassination Wing Missions to provide more challenge
  • Adjusted mission payouts for Thargoid Massacre Wing missions
  • Raised the minimum rep requirements for Thargoid Massacre Wing missions
  • Adjusted the mission flow for the ‘Docking and Travel’ tutorial for clarity
  • Fixed Thargoid Massacre and Thargoid Massacre Wing missions appearing in the wrong locations
  • Added reward choices to Planetary Hack missions


  • Fixed an issue where a non-Helm Multi-Crew member would occasionally not use the Helm’s resource ignore list


  • Added more data to the full Xeno Scan of a Thargoid Scout
  • Fixed additional cases of System Authority Ships spawning in Anarchy Systems


  • Fixed ship name plates unintentionally allowing line breaks


  • Fixed some instances of dark squares on planet surfaces

Player Journal

  • Fixed a localisation issue
  • Added info about the category when a mission reward includes materials
  • Inventory materials with a quantity of zero are now omitted from being written to the Journal at startup
  • The status.json file is now updated more often when the longitude/latitude changes when driving the SRV
  • Fixed a journal player credit balance discrepancy when buying/selling drones
  • Wing missions are now indicated in the Journal’s MissionAccepted event
  • Cargo Wing Mission progress is now written to the Journal
  • Added info to the Journal’s CargoDepot event to indicate if it is a local player collect or deliver, or if it is a wing update


  • Fixed Regular Bounties being awarded instead of Power Bounties with Independent Powers
  • Prevented notoriety gain from Power Bounties


  • Commodities Markets should now be at stations that have Black Markets
  • You can now rescue political prisoners at the Search and Rescue contact instead of selling them on the open market

Ships & SRV

Alliance Chieftain

  • Fixed the retro drives not being audible when inside the cockpit
  • Remixed engine sounds, which were too loud during combat

Beluga Liner

  • Fixed a cockpit material appearing incorrectly

Diamondback Explorer

  • Fixed issues with external sounds


  • Fixed audio issues in multi crew for the second chair

Stability Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when attempting to quit the game while you have a module selected in the right hand panel
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when in an SRV
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when shooting surface rocks with a missile

User Interface

  • Fixed an instance of controller button icons being displayed incorrectly
  • Fixed the ammo text position for the Guardian Plasma Charger always appearing on the right
  • Fixed rank mismatch for materials between the Material Trader and Inventory
  • Removed the legacy ‘Discard’ button from materials
  • Fixed some instances of Inbox text overlay

Weapons & Modules

  • Fixed some instances of incorrect integrity and power-draw on some Limpet Controllers
  • Fixed the AX-Remote Flak particles not appearing after impacting with a surface

3.0 – Beyond: Release Day

Today, Tuesday the 27th February will see the release of the first Chapter of the Beyond series of updates. You can read the full breakdown on 3.0 here.

The patch notes can below, on Reddit, on this website here or on the official website here. There’s an official Frontier Live stream here and various others planned for later in the day. You can see the list here. The official post from Frontier can be seen below and watch the latest Commander Chronicles cinematic short below:

“Greetings Commanders, 

“The galaxy servers are currently down to allow us to update to 3.0 Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One. 

“The downtime is expected to last for approximately 9 hours, although this could potentially go over. 

“We have posted the full change log below, and a summary of how the features will work in Chapter One, will be available on the forum later today.”

  • Crime
    • Crime & Counter Crime system overhaul, including Advance Tactical Response (ATR)
    • When the player is destroyed they are not necessarily returned to the last port they docked at, based on a prioritised list of rules
    • If players are destroyed when a fine/bounty has been detected they will respawn at a detention centre
    • Players that join a Multi-crew session in someone else’s ship, and commit a crime, have a corresponding fine/bounty added to their own most valuable ship
    • Players can store hot modules (modules applied to a ship at the time a crime is committed)
    • Players can clean ships of any bounties and fines through an Interstellar Factor contact
    • Players can sell hot ships from the shipyard for a markdown
    • Access to port services including ship transferring/storage/retrieval/selling are limited if the player docks in a ‘wanted’ ship (bounties and fines) applicable in that jurisdiction, and the cost is increased where transfer is possible
    • Power bounties are issued instead of normal bounties for criminal acts to do with valid Powerplay interactions
    • Players can see details on fines and bounties in the wanted ships cockpit, the shipyard and the ship transfer screens
    • New crime recognised: “reckless weapons discharge”
    • Bounties and fines incurred by players are applied to the ship that the crime was committed in and never go dormant
    • Kill Warrant Scanner changes and Interstellar Bounties will be coming soon
  • Missions
    • Added new Wing Missions that can be shared across a Wing and completed as a group
    • Mission Depot added where players can accept an applicable mission and deliver the target commodity piece by piece to complete the mission
    • Mission reward choice
    • New USS scenarios added
  • Ships
    • Added new alien attack craft
    • Added the Chieftain. More manoeuvrable than ships of similar size and weight, the Alliance Chieftain from Lakon Spaceways has been designed not only to dish out punishment, but to avoid it. * Horizons only
    • Added second seat to the Keelback to support Multicrew
  • Trade Data & Galaxy Map
    • Galaxy map now indicates its mode when any tab is active
    • Galaxy Map: Filter by station services
    • Galaxy Map: Filters added for Thargoid & Guardian sites
    • More player factions have had a description added in their home system on the galaxy map
    • Filter for the new ‘detention centre’ government type (for new detention centre spawning areas)
    • Galaxy Map: Players can view trade data that they own, by commodity, represented on the galaxy map by colour coded icons
    • Galaxy Map: Players can view trending trade routes, and filter by AI or Human players
    • Galaxy Map: Players can view import and export prices, in a roll out screen, including the ability to select different markets and filter
    • Commodity Market: Players can search trade data they own, to compare it to the current market
    • Prison ships have been added to one of the routes to Colonia
    • Ship yards added to Caravanserai in Gandharvi and Eudaemon Anchorage in Rohini
  • Engineers
    • Material Trader contacts, which allow the player to convert materials. * Horizons only
    • Engineering a module or weapon results in progressively better improvements within a range
    • Players can convert and modify their older modules/weapons engineered before this update
    • Players can modify modules/weapons at selected ports (ports with access to outfitting) outside Engineer ports
    • Players can select which experimental effect they want to apply to their module, at a material cost
    • Players are presented with a screen where they can choose the module/weapon to modify, the Blueprint to apply or pin, see the material cost, and preview the outcome
  • Weapons and modules
    • Added Technology Broker contacts, which allows the player to unlock new weapons and modules in return for specific materials and commodities. * Horizons only
    • Medium Shock Cannon (Fixed, gimbal & turret)
    • Medium Remote Flechette Launcher (Fixed & Turret)
    • Medium Enzyme Missile (Fixed)
    • Size 4 Meta Alloy Hull Reinforcement Package
    • Recon Limpet Controller
  • Galnet Audio
    • For new articles, players can now listen to the news in English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese
    • News headlines can be accessed via the status menu
    • Galnet can now be accessed via the status menu and articles with audio can be played or queued into a playlist
    • Galnet Audio playback options added to controller bindings
    • Galnet Audio section added to audio options
  • Installation and Mega ship Interactions
    • Data link scanner upgraded to allow scanning mega ships and installations to reveal targets the player can interact with
    • Players can scan certain revealed targets to uncover sub-targets. These can be interacted with in different ways depending on the type
    • Players can damage generators to disable turrets
    • Players can use recon limpets to activate data terminals and comms arrays
    • Players can use hatch breaker limpets to open a cargo bay
  • Surface material system
    • Overhauled the surface material system for the rocky, high metal content and metal rich planets
    • Improved contrast and colour variation across and between bodies
    • The colouration of the surfaces now more clearly telegraphs the chemical makeup and volcanic activity of the worlds
  • Quality of Life
    • Added synthesis for new Technology Broker modules and weapons
    • Added synthesis for AX weapons
    • New cockpit voice assistant – Victor added as an alternative to Verity
    • Increased manoeuvrability benefits when boosting based on the ENG pips
    • Option added so players can choose how flight controllers address them (Commander Name, Ship Name or Ship ID) when approaching a station
    • ’Target Ignore’ feature added for material and commodity collectables and refining
    • Ability to see at a glance the quality and inventory quantity of materials targeted
    • Per material storage caps
    • Increased rewards at Search and Rescue contact
    • New High Value supercruise targets for pirates to raid
  • Misc Features
    • Large number of Commander Journal updates
  • Consoles
    • Portuguese language support added for consoles
    • 11 new Achievements for XB1 worth 200G
  • Bug fixes and Improvements
    • This update includes well over 1000 fixes for various issues that have been discovered and investigated during the development process. Note: The list provided by Frontier to fixes can be seen in the patch notes linked below.



3.0 – Beta Ends

At 11am on Friday 9th February Frontier announced that the Beta would end at 12pm (GMT).

“Greetings Commanders,

“We’ll be bringing the Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One beta to a close at 12 PM (GMT) today.

“We’d like to thank every Commander who took the time to play the beta and shared their feedback with us. Your feedback is invaluable in making sure that the Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One update is the best experience possible for you all, and we can’t wait for all Commanders to be able to experience it when it goes live.

“The release date for Beyond – Chapter One will be announced in near future so keep an eye on our forums, newsletters, and social channels for more info!”

Beyond: Beta – Q&A

Sandro Sammarco answered a long list of questions regarding both the upcoming Beyond series of updates and the general future of the game. You can see some selected ones below.

Note: There has been no release date given as of yet for 3.0.

Q. Extra module storage?
A. This has now been doubled to 120.

Q. Will SLF’s have outfitting capabilities?
A. Nothing to announce, something they may do at some point but will be done when it fits in the schedule.

Q. Limpet Bay?
A. Frontier are looking at a Limpet controller rack that will store a number of controllers in them.

Q. Tracker limpet?
A. In the big list and very much wanted.

Q. Any chance of being able to change the colours of the HUD display?
A. Not at the moment as it’s a significant amount of work.

Q. Engineer tech brokers weapons?
A. Very likely to happen in Beyond at some point.

Q. Will the Discovery Scanner and surface scanner see updates?
A. Yes, later in 3.0 as part of the exploration update Frontier will look at all of these.

Q. Will ATR Ships become persistent? (ie. they will follow players out of a system)
A. Sandro said this would be looked at, but not until they have seen how ATR operates in the initial release.

Q. Are Frontier looking at using mega-ship interactions in other areas such as capital ships, combat zone and planetary outposts etc.?
A. Yes. Looking at a few areas but no further comment at the moment.

Q. Can Combat zones and RES sites be improved?
A. Yes, these sites will be looked at but these are long term plans.

Q. Will bookmarks be colour coded and see other updates?
A. Yes, these and possible other changes could well come when they introduce the codex later in Beyond.

Q. Changes to Powerplay?
A. They would like to integrate missions into powerplay and have some ideas, but no ETA, guarantees.

Q. Any plans to stop players from permanently boosting their ship engines? (specifically as it’s causing issues during battle)
A. Yes, this will be looked at as it should not be at a loss of tactics during battle.

Q. Will there be further iterations of wing missions?
A. Yes, there will be more wing missions coming.

Q. Changes to smuggling?
A. Yes, but nothing to comment on at the moment.

Q. Will it be possible to re-name engineered modules?
A. It’s on the list.

Q. NPC Crew & Wings?
A. It’s something we want to do, but we need a bunch of other stuff such as communicating with NPC’s and more rules to govern them, so not at the moment.

Q. Any plans for changes to the Asp Scout?
A. There are some “come cool plans for the Asp Scout, that I’m not allowed to talk about”.

Q. Will colour changes to planets reflect the content of the planets?
A. No, but the exploration mechanics in the 3.4 update will assist with figuring this out.