Live stream: Exploration

On the 13th September 2018 Frontier announced that there would be a livestream to answer some of the questions following the exploration reveal that came yesterday.


“Good afternoon, Commanders.

“Tonight you’ll be able to join Lead Community Manager Edward Lewis and Senior Designer Adam Bourke-Waite from 7PM BST live on Youtube, covering the recently revealed Exploration changes coming to Beyond – Chapter Four and fielding some of your questions.

“We hope to see you there!

“NOTE – we will not be showing off any video footage or new images of the features on tonight’s stream. Streams showcasing this will be in the coming weeks.”

www.youtube.com/elitedangerous/live

Important: Elite Dangerous Update

Updated @ 8:26pm – 31st August 2018

At 5:23pm on the 31st August Frontier made an announcement regarding the Chapter 4 update, the Premium Content that was slated for the end of the year and its plans for what comes after both of these. 

I’ve summarised any important ones made by Zac (who made the original post) at the bottom of this page. Changes to various pages on this  website have been made to reflect this news.


Greetings Commanders,

First of all, we would like to take a moment to thank you all for the continued support and making Elite Dangerous the incredible, community driven, phenomenon that it is today.

We started our Elite Dangerous journey over 6 years ago and today hundreds of thousands of Commanders log in regularly to continue their epic space journey. From a personal perspective, joining the team shortly after the kickstarter, and being a part of this incredible community has truly been one of the most amazing highlights of my career. From in-person community meet ups, online community groups and jaw-dropping events, you have always inspired us with your passion and enthusiasm.

We wanted to take a moment to talk about a number of topics being discussed in the community and to be as open and transparent as possible. It’s a long read, so make sure you’re safely docked and comfortable before attempting to navigate this post.

The things we’d like to go through include Chapter Four content and a little about a future beyond “Beyond”, as well as touching on the subject of “paid premium content” in 2018 for Lifetime Expansion Pass owners.

Let’s get started with Chapter Four content. As all of you know, our largest update of the year is in final development and will be available for players to get hands-on with in just a number of weeks (Some time in Q4).This will be the final update of 2018 and the Beyond season. The Beyond season was always something that we wanted to do in order to bring even more enhancements to the core experience of Elite and being able to dedicate a full development team (over 100 people!) for a full year of free content was specifically to gear ourselves up to support our long term vision for the game.
On a personal note, Squadrons is something I’m most excited by. Seeing our player groups grow and the stories they’ve created has been incredible and now being able to see them take that to the next level, formalize their groups in-game, TAG up and team up is something I’m really looking forward to.

There’s also a huge group of players who are most excited by the many new additions to exploration. I know from talking to so many of you online and in-person, this is a huge moment and the development team are working really hard to deliver new content and mechanics to give explorers that thrill of venturing out into the black. And then there’s even more with additions with significant mining enhancements, a full game visual upgrade and the Codex which all bring even more richness to the game experience and depth to the way people play. It’s certainly an update we’re all very excited to see the community explore.

We do have one exciting piece of news to share that to date, we have not shared with our community. A while ago, our development went from pre-production into full production on our next major milestone of Elite development.

What that means in the simplest terms is that the team are actively working on the next major landmark which takes us into our next era for Elite. We aren’t going to be ready to talk about or announce any details for quite a while yet, it is early in the development and there is still a long way to go, but I can say that this is something that will be scheduled to release a considerable time after the final update in the Beyond series. We will have more details on exactly what this means and how the era will roll out after the release of Beyond – Chapter Four, but this does mark some exciting next steps and a continued commitment to the long term vision for the game and our community.

Naturally, there will be community questions that might come up from this information. We aren’t going to be ready to talk about what method or model the content will be. What we can say is that it’s expected to be a major milestone in the history of Elite and will be paid content. Lifetime Expansion owners will obviously receive the content as part of their pass.

As part of pre-production, the team investigate all areas of the content and scope them out thoroughly. It’s important to take the time to be clear on what the vision for this is and how we imagine the content working. During this process, we have made a decision to adjust the focus of content that were previously planned for the Chapter Four update, adding some significant new gameplay, but it also means some other aspects will have to change. This means that some elements of content such as Ice Planets (which many of you will have seen some fantastic progress updates from LaveCon earlier this year) and Fleet Carriers for squadrons will not be coming as part of the Beyond – Chapter Four update. Some of the technology from the ice planets specifically will be used within our wider and global visual upgrade, so there will still be general improvements, but not everything we originally envisaged. However, we wanted you to be aware that these two elements specifically would be reprioritised out of the upcoming Beyond – Chapter Four update. What this does mean is that the rest of the content will be able to benefit for the changes in scheduling through deeper and richer gameplay mechanics. The Chapter Four update still has the same, if not bigger scope and continues to promise the largest update of the Beyond season and a truck load of great features for all Horizons Commanders for free. We’re very excited to be sharing the details with you over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more info.

Another area that we’ve had a number of questions on is the “premium content” coming in 2018.

As many of you will know, we previously mentioned that premium (paid for) content would also be coming within the Beyond season of updates and that Lifetime Expansion Pass holders would be getting this for free. However, as we went through the early stages of what the next era for Elite Dangerous would be, we decided that it would be better to spend that additional time on the future content, rather than bringing new types of purchasable content out this year.

This is a big positive for the long term future of the game and its content. However, we also understand that there are people with Lifetime Expansion Passes who haven’t received paid for content in this season, because Beyond has been free to all owners of Horizons. We truly appreciate the support and commitment that those owners put in us when they purchased the LEP and we will be making sure that there is a form of free store content going out to them by the end of this year.

The most important thing we would like for our community to take from this, is that there are some incredibly exciting things just over the horizon. The Elite Dangerous development team is larger than it has been at any point in the last 6 years. It is thanks to your continued support, dedication, feedback and engagement that has made this possible. We have the Beyond Chapter Four update coming soon, our largest update in the Beyond season, with some awesome headline features and a fantastically promising future of content and ongoing development. We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you in the future. However, if you have any questions feel free to share them with us by posting in this thread and we’ll try and answer as many of them as we can.

Thanks

Zac Antonaci


> Q&A & Information

  • “It won’t be too long before we’re ready to start showing some of the great work the devs have been working on.”

  • Q. That means the carriers are out of update 4 and will be delivered as a paid content next year? For real?
  • A. No, that’s not what was said.

  • Q. Can it then be inferred that previously announced Beyond content that has been deferred will form part of free updates in the post-Beyond release schedule?
  • A. Honestly? It’s a little early at this time to say where fleet carriers will fit in terms of schedules. The team are very keen to bring them in which is why it was on the plan initially. But at this moment other areas of work were prioritised in order to make the for a better update and content for the community as a whole. We’ll obviously share all the details as soon as we have more news but the next things we’ll be talking about will be the content in Beyond – Chapter Four.

  • Q. Can you clarify what you are saying about Fleet Carriers and Squadrons? There seems to be some confusion.
  • A. Squadrons is still a major part of the Beyond – Chapter Four update. However, the fleet carriers specifically were prioritised and unfortunately won’t be making it into the Chapter Four update. they may well come in the future and that doesn’t mean that they will be paid for content. But as you’ll see in the post of mine above, it’s a little early to be able to talk about the dates and details at this time. We’ll soon be able to share more details on the Beyond – Chapter Four update as a whole.

  • Q. This sounds like “we’re taking out content from Beyond ch.4 and putting it in a future, paid update”.
  • A. Just to clarify that’s absolutely not what’s being said, or being done. The future content that has started in production is a whole new era/chapter/milestone in Elite. Much like Horizons was and like Beyond was/is. Please rest assured that this post is not suggesting that we are taking content and moving it to paid for content later. Hope that helps.

  • Q. Can you clarify if the missing elements in Chapter 4 will come at some point prior to the next Season? Can you please explain what is this “significant new gameplay”?
  • A. We’ll be sharing everything that’s in Chapter Four in the coming weeks so we’ll have more details then and I’m looking forward to seeing the communities reactions. As for the Fleet carriers and ice planets, it’s still too early to talk about how or when they would be making their way into the game. We’ll be talking more about “beyond, Beyond” sometime after the Chapter Four update is released.

  • Q. Hopefully the FFF (Focussed Feedback Forum) for exploration can be opened now so we have a chance to give ideas and input before Q4 release is too long gone in development?
  • A. Sorry for the delay on the FFF. As you can see there’s been a lot happening internally. I’ll have a chat with the dev team and see what we can do. I know the dev team are always very grateful for the feedback they get on those threads so I’ll follow up on that.

  • There’s been a few people trying to speculate on the length of time between Chapter Four and the next major milestone. It’s specifically worded to avoid people thinking that it’s coming out a immediately after the Beyond season finishes, to avoid disappointment, but try not to speculate too much and we’ll have more news for you later.

Beyond: Chapter 3 – Release Day

Last Updated: 28th August @ 5:47pm (GMT)

Today, Tuesday the 28th August will see Frontier release the Chapter 3 update in the free Beyond series of updates. The game servers are expected to go down around 9am (BST) for around 7 hours. Once the patch notes and an official trailer are released they will appear in this post. You can also read about Chapter 3 content, here.

Chapter 3 – Content

Chapter 3 – Live Stream

Frontier have released the patch notes for Chapter 3. You can see them below, on the official forum here or in the Patch Notes section (re-named from ‘Current Features’) of this website, here.


Chapter 3 – Patch Notes

Weapons

The following weapons have been added to outfitting (where applicable):

  • Large Dumbfire Missile
  • Large Seeking Missile
  • Large Torpedo Launcher
  • Large Multi Cannon (turret)

The following weapons have been added to the Human Tech Broker:

  • Small Shock Cannon (turret)
  • Small Shock Cannon (gimbal)
  • Small Shock Cannon (fixed)

The following weapons have been added to the Guardian Tech Broker

  • Small Guardian plasma launcher (turret)
  • Small Guardian plasma launcher (fixed)
  • Small Guardian Shard Cannon (turret)
  • Small Guardian Shard Cannon (fixed)
  • Small Guardian Gauss Cannon (fixed)

Ships

Crusader : Latest member of the Alliance ship group. A medium sized ship based on the Alliance Chieftain, with the additional space to carry a fighter bay.

Guardians

New Guardian sites added to space and planet surfaces for players to investigate.

Three Guardian fighters added (via Guardian tech brokers):

  • Trident (XG7) armed with a Plasma Auto Cannon
  • Javelin (XG8) armed with a Shard Launcher
  • Lance (XG9) armed with a Gauss Focus Cannon

Engineers

Players will now be able to work with a variety of Engineers across the Colonia region.

Wing Missions

Added two new wing mission types:

  • Planetary settlement hack
  • Planetary settlement disable

Fixes and Improvements

Art

Fixed some misaligned geometry at Pavlov Beacon

Audio
Increased the volume of the Archer COVAS pack

Galaxy Map/System Map
Renamed some systems that had duplicated names

General Fixes & Tweaks

  • Fixed some German localisation issues
  • Fixed some localisation issues with the unlock messages for Guardian technologies
  • Fixed issue where ships hitcheck is missing when player is in an SRV

Installations/POIs/USSs

  • Fixed a rare issue causing a resource extraction site to be incorrectly positioned outside an asteroid belt
  • Added missing interaction objects to Agricultural Installation
  • Fixed some improperly placed Guardian pylons
  • Fixed Skimmers not spawning correctly at Bova Point+

Missions

  • Fixed some instances of mission targets not appearing in mission specific signal sources
  • Fixed an issue with completing Source and Return missions
  • Fixed mission objectives not spawning for Dark Wheel Wetwork mission
  • Fixed some instances of Assassination missions not updating correctly when scanning a Nav Beacon
  • Fixed missing text in some mission messages
  • Fixed wing depot text incorrectly appearing in a non-wing variant

Powerplay
Fixed the 20% discount on Corrosion Resistant Cargo Racks not applying at an Edmund Mahon controlled station

Ships & SRV

Anaconda
Fixed the Pulse paintjob displaying incorrectly when your ship is damaged

Imperial Clipper
Improved some areas of the Military paintjob

Krait Mk. II

  • Fixed antenna that could only be seen from inside the cockpit
  • Fixed the order of the dashboard bobblehead slots
  • Fixed missing boost and thruster audio when in vanity camera
  • Fixed description inconsistencies
  • Fixed outfitting camera issues whilst in VR
  • Fixed missing UI audio for multi-crew members

Federal Drop Ship
Fixed incorrect name plate outfitting cameras

Stability Fixes 

  • Fixed a memory related crash for Xbox One
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when in an Remote Engineer Workshop
  • Fixed a rare Galaxy Map crash
  • Fixed Xbox One crash that could occur when disconnecting a controller
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when activating data points at Penal Colony BV-2259
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when swapping modules

User Interface
Fixed the landing pad number being truncated when playing the game in Brazilian Portuguese

Weapons & Modules

  • Fixed Guardian Modules being listed incorrectly when playing the game in Russian
  • Fixed an issue whereby the turreted version of the Flechette Launcher would not show in outfitting if unlocked before the fixed version

Server Fixes and Tweaks

  • Demand for mined commodities during mining community goals should now be displayed in the commodity market’s demand column
  • Fix Commander module storage limits occasionally breaking when swapping multiple modules between storage & ship
  • Premium guardian synthesis recipes now use guardian materials, like the basic & standard guardian recipes
  • Markets at risk of being affected by Thargoid Sensor interference should more clearly advertise their increased demand for meta alloys

 

Beyond: Chapter 3 – Release Date

At 7pm on the 16th August 2018 Frontier announced that Chapter 3 of Beyond would be released on Tuesday, 28th August 2018.

Further details of the content will be revealed to those attending Gamescom on the 22nd August with more public details following the next day. A short teaser trailer can be seen below hinting at the return of The Guardians. More detail will appear here during and after Gamescom.

Beyond: Chapter 2 – Release Day

Update @ 5.50pm: Chapter 2 is now available to play, weighing in at about 1.8gb.

Frontier have announced that the servers for Chapter 2 will be down from 8am BST on the 28th June for a minimum of 9 hours. Updates will be given if this changes. PC Commanders should back up their key binds. Patch notes are at the bottom of this post and on the Elite: Dangerous – Current Features page. Whilst you’re waiting you can watch the Chapter 2 Live stream, here.

If you’ve not yet seen what will be coming in the Chapter 2 update you can view the trailer below or read about it here.


> PATCH NOTES
>

CONTENT

  • Missions and Scenarios
    • Added new wing mining missions
    • Added new high threat USS’s, and missions that can direct players to them
  • Megaship and Installation Interactions
    • Added existing megaship interactions to installations
    • Added Escape Hatch interaction points to damaged megaships
  • Crime and Punishment
    • Players can now hand themselves in to security contacts, if they have outstanding bounties, and a zero notoriety rating. Players that hand themselves in will pay off the bounty and be deported to the nearest detention center
    • Relaxed the friendly fire thresholds against NPC ships, to lower the amount of erroneous crimes being handed out
    • Notoriety now decays whilst the player is docked
    • Players current notoriety level displayed in cockpit will no longer be potentially out of date
    • Relaxed the rules for Multicrew gunners so that they are less prone to accidental assault/reckless weapon discharge crimes

Horizons-only Content

  • Weapons
    • New weapons now available at applicable Tech Brokers:
    • Large Plasma Shock Cannon (Fixed, Gimbal, Turret)
    • Large Guardian Shard Cannon (Fixed, Turret)
    • Large Guardian Plasma Launcher (Fixed, Turret)
  • Modules
    • The Guardian FSD booster is once again available at the Guardian Tech Broker, now with improved fuel efficiency
  • Ships
    • Alliance Challenger – a medium sized ship, based on the Alliance Chieftain, that boasts a generous compliment of hard-points, whilst retaining the Chieftains characteristic agility. It also has stronger armour.
    • Krait Mk.II – a medium sized, multi-role ship, that trades defensive capability for speed, fire-power and maneuverability. The Krait Mk.II has space for two crew members and is capable of carrying a fighter bay
  • Narrative
    • New planetary sites added, with audio logs

Fixes and Improvements

  • Art
    • Fixed some missing effects on Guardian Artifacts
  • Audio
    • Fixed audio cutting out in supercruise near neutron stars
  • Background Simulation
    • Fixed war missions incorrectly offering influence rewards (influence during a war state has no actual effect)
    • Ensure that faction effects are the same from selling exploration data for pages as well as individual star systems, and balance those faction effects to have roughly the same galactic impact as before this release
  • Controls & Control Devices
    • Prevented Flight Assist from automatically re-enabling after exiting Supercruise
  • Engineers
    • Fixed an issue with fading text in the Engineers Cost help window
  • General Fixes & Tweaks
    • Numerous performance optimisations for hangers
    • Resolved some minor typos
    • Fixed some cut off text in material descriptions
    • Local news top 5 bounty list should ignore breaking characters from ship names
    • Fixed situations where ‘Last main sequence star’ info message can appear incorrectly
    • General stability fix for incorrectly replicated data between players
  • Holo-Me Creator
    • Fixed an issue that prevented players from saving their avatar with the Frontier Expo suit equipped
  • Installations/POIs/USSs
    • Implemented a maximum scan time multiplier to prevent excessively long scans on large Mega Ships and Installations
    • Fixed an underground destructible panel at a Guardian Structure
  • Missions
    • Removed the timed element from assassination missions, so that targets are no longer limited to spawning within a time window. Players can scan the systems local nav beacon to find the targets location.
    • Fixed Mentor missions showing incorrect reward choice upon completion
    • Raised pay-out rate for Elite Rank Mining Missions
    • Updated Salvage missions so that factions cannot be duplicated as both giver and target
    • Updated the mission timer for Massacre Thargoid Wing Missions so it matches the non-Wing variant of this mission
    • Fix wing mission rewards from trade missions to award trade rank to multicrew crew members as well as the helm
    • Colonia factions have started issuing mission tip offs for the region
  • NPCs
    • Ramming a guardian sentinel will no longer give you a bounty
  • Outfitting
    • Fixed long description texts for experimental modules not appearing properly under the “Read More” section in Outfitting
  • PlayStation 4
    • Fixed an issue that could occur when playing the combat tutorial while background installation is in progress
    • Fix for an issue where the “Put Your Fighters Up” Trophy was not being awarded when fighter ships were launched from your ship by an AI pilot
  • Powerplay
    • Fixed Powerplay crimes incorrectly affecting notoriety
  • Ships & SRV (General Ship Fixes and Improvements)
    • Fixed cases of Collector Limpets clipping through the top of several ships when returning cargo
    • Fixed some visual problems with short Ship IDs
  • Alliance Chieftain
    • Addressed a specular highlight in the canopy that could flicker in certain lighting conditions
    • Fixed a small gap in geometry
    • Fixed some clipping on hardpoints 1 and 2
    • Shrank the Shipyard schematic icon slightly to prevent clipping
    • Realigned nameplates
    • Fixed some clipping on the Ship Kit
  • Anaconda
    • Fixed scratches being present on Ship Kit parts when there is no ship wear and tear
    • The number of internal windows now correctly matches the number of external ones
    • Fixed an instance of Paint Jobs not rendering over a heat vent door
    • Smoothed out some overhead cables in the cockpit
    • Adjusted some internal module target locations
    • Fixed emissive decals on the Anaconda losing detail if the Fusion Paint Job is applied
  • Asp Explorer
    • Fixed a 2D Cannon alignment issue
  • Diamondback Explorer
    • Added Ship Kit cameras for outfitting
  • Dolphin
    • Fixed a texture issue with the Prestige paintjob
  • Federal Corvette
    • Fixed some reflective areas on the Icarus and Prestige paintjobs
    • Lowered glossiness on Precision Paint Jobs
    • Fixed some missing textures on Paint Jobs
  • SRV
    • Fixed a visual issue that could occur with your commander when colliding in an SRV
  • Type 9 Heavy
    • Fixed a missing thruster texture
    • Fixed some texture and model position issues
  • Type 10 Defender
    • Fixed some clipping on certain Ship Kit parts
    • Fixed some texture and model position issues
  • Vulture
    • Fixed misaligned small lights
  • Stability Fixes
    • Fixed a crash to desktop that would occur when opening the galaxy map immediately after the game had loaded in a station
    • Fixed a server error that could occur when trying to apply an experimental effect to a module that was originally modified by another Engineer
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Collector Limpets
  • User Interface
    • Fixed an issue in the Systems panel that prevented the module health from updating correctly when repairing a module using a AFMU
    • Fixed legal salvage incorrectly showing as a loss when sold
  • Weapons & Modules
    • The heatsink launcher no longer has an incomprehensible DPS statistic
    • Human and Guardian Tech Broker blueprint requirements have been reduced
  • Multicrew
    • Decreased the discrepancy in jump times between Helm and crew members

Focused Feedback: Mining 2.0

On the 21st June 2018 Frontier announced some proposed changes to mining in the Focused Feedback forum. These can be read on Frontier’s forum here and on the Beyond: Chapter 2 page, here).

Update: There was also a Livestream talking about some of these features with Sandro Sammarco and Steve Kirby. You can see that below. Any additional information that is mentioned in the stream will be updated here.

 

Lavecon 2018 – Beyond: News

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.

You can see the details covering a large number of additions coming to Quarter 4 by visiting the page here. Changes to Quarter 2 can be seen here.