Community Update: Delay & Bug Fixes

On the 22nd October 2019 Frontier announced via a community update that Fleet Carriers would be delayed until April-June of 2020, with priorities given to fixing existing bugs in the game and the introduction of some beta servers for testing. News on what the 2020 major release will be has been outlined for some time in the summer of 2020. Details below or on the official site here. Relevant pages of this blog will be updated in due course.

“Greetings Commanders,

“Following the launch of the September Update last month, we’d like to provide you all with an update on our plans for Elite Dangerous.

“Firstly, thank you for all of your feedback on the September Update, which you’ve shared with us on the forums, across social media, on livestreams and through the Issue Tracker. There is no doubt that, in addition to the new features, the September Update introduced a number of issues and bugs which caused a lot of frustration. We are really sorry for these issues. We realise that some of the issues had an impact on your ability to enjoy Elite Dangerous. The team have been working hard to address the most critical issues and have already released a series of patches and updates to bring those fixes in as quickly as possible.

“However, we know there’s more to be done. You’ve asked for more focus on existing bug/fixes and issues, and for the community to be better integrated into the development process and testing for these upcoming updates.

“In order to improve your overall experience, we have decided to refocus our efforts on addressing key issues and bugs. Since the launch of the September Update, we’ve been taking a deeper look at our internal development roadmap, the way in which we utilise public betas, and the content of our next updates.

“Here is a summary of our plans:

  • From now and into next year (2020), the updates will focus almost exclusively on addressing recent and longstanding issues, including those reported in the Issue Tracker, ultimately making the game better.
  • We are expecting to have a series of these updates, which will be rolled out (approximately) every three to four months.
  • Each update will also include a public beta that will run prior to the update’s release, with a dedicated time to address major issues that appear.
  • The first of these updates will have its public beta in December, with an expectation that the launch will be early in 2020.

“As a result of our updated plans, we have made the difficult decision to defer the release of Fleet Carriers. We are now planning for Fleet Carriers to be released in an update in the second quarter of 2020, rather than in December 2019 as previously stated. This will grant us additional time to refine the feature as well as focusing time on addressing existing reported issues. It will also ensure the state of the game is in a better position to introduce Fleet Carriers, that will provide Commanders even more opportunities to interact with the Milky Way. We understand that this delay will be disappointing for some players, but do know that this decision is one that we do not take lightly, and is made with the best interests of the community and game at heart.

“Ultimately, we are confident that this will improve the Elite Dangerous experience for all our players.

“The team have been hard at work on the next major milestone, which you may remember we mentioned back in March as our next major paid addition to the game. They’re making fantastic progress and on schedule for release by the end of next year. We are very excited to show you what we’ve been working on. However, we can only announce the content when it’s at the right stage of development, we estimate this will be ready to talk about at some time in summer 2020, after the Fleet Carriers update. We appreciate there is a bit of a wait, but we want to make sure it is ready to be shown before making our full official announcement to the world.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing and continued support and for helping give us the feedback, steer and insight to make decisions that will benefit the entire community and for your continued passion and dedication.”

September Update: 2019 – Is Live!

On the 18th September 2019 Frontier announced that the September update was now  live. The patch notes can be found below, on the Frontier website here, and will be listed on the patch notes section of this website shortly. There have also been some issues with the new patch, these can be seen here.

New Features

New Starter Experience

  • Added a curated experience for new players that will guide them through the basics of ship control, combat, travel and docking
  • The experience has localised voiceover in all supported languages
  • Certain UI elements are highlighted at key points during the flow
  • Players are given a mission once the flow has been completed, that introduces them to the mission board (with voiceover)
  • Added the experience to the ‘Training Simulations’ list, accessible from the internal cockpit panel
  • Updated the throttle UI to better show the players current direction of travel (the rectangular blocks are now chevrons, and added a subtle pulse animation)
  • Pre-flight checklist is now off by default when starting a new game (it can be turned back on)

Supercruise

  • Added new option to the Flight Assist tab to allow the Supercruise Assist module to control the throttle automatically
  • Supercruise ‘Safe to Disengage‘ message has been updated to include the binding that will disengage Supercruise

ARX

  • ARX is the new currency that takes over from Frontier Points and real money transactions across all platforms
  • Players purchase a pack containing a number of ARX that are then used to purchase in-game cosmetic items (Game Extras) for their ship, SRV, fighter or Holo-Me
  • Players can purchase ARX from in-game links that direct either to an external Frontier Store or site
  • Any outstanding Frontier Points will be converted to ARX the first time the player logs into the game after the update

Rewarding ARX

  • Players can earn ARX through standard gameplay (up to a 400 weekly cap) based on in-game activities within Combat, Trade and Exploration and more!
  • Players are notified of their previous session earnings on the main menu

Livery Update

  • Refreshed livery layout
    • Icons denote the different categories (general, decals, cockpit decorations, etc.)
    • Updated vessel selection screen
    • Separate UI for ship name and ID
    • Preview mode that reduces the amount of on-screen UI, giving a clearer view of the chosen item
  • Players now purchase items, with ARX, directly from livery, without being redirected to an external store
  • Players can now access livery from the main menu

Holo-Me

  • Players can now purchase items, with ARX directly from the Holo-Me section, without being redirected to an external store

New Store

  • Added a new customisation store
  • Players can browse the entire catalog of customisation items for any available ship
  • Preview Mode allows players to see any cosmetic items on a vanilla version of any ship, as well as use camera controls to view it from different angles
  • The store is accessible from either the main menu or major starports in-game
  • Players purchase cosmetic items directly from the store, without being redirected to an external site

Bug Fixes

Codex

  • Fixed being unable to scroll through Tourist Beacon text in the archive section if it was longer than one page
  • Fixed an issue where HOTAS users couldn’t scroll through the right hand side of the archive section

Crashes/Stability

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when logging into the game
  • Fixed an issue where players were getting stuck on the loading screen, due to being close to an asteroid ring
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when looking at the Powerplay screen during a hyperspace jump

Decals

  • Fixed some issues with incorrectly reversed decals

Diamond Explorer

  • Fixed an issue where the outfitting camera was clipping into the hangar floor

Exploration

  • Fixed an issue where body data wouldn’t show up first time when using the Full Spectrum Scanner (FSS)
  • Fixed an issue where the blue scan visual effect can appear on a nearby planet that you’re not trying to scan
  • Fixed an issue where players couldn’t scroll through the right-hand side panel when selling Exploration Data
  • Fixed an issue where the word ‘next’ was partially cut off in the Navigation Tab of the External Panel

Fighters

  • Added a cooldown when using hotkeys to give fighters orders, and prevented allowing players to repeat an order that has already been given to the fighter (multiple orders were creating network lag, resulting in an exploit during combat)

General

  • The correct Elite rank will now show when targeting your own ship from your SRV
  • Fixed an issue where a player’s ship name/ID plates was being incorrectly censored when on the main menu
  • Fixed a restock issue for vessels when the player has multiple bays fitted

Interdiction

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the AI ship not to appear after they interdicted a player

Krait Phantom

  • Fixed holes in one of the Ship Kit pieces

Localisation

  • Fixed missing Cyrillic letters in Squadron Creation and Rank Names
  • Corrected spelling of ‘nonhuman’ in the Knowledge Base

Mamba

  • Fixed landing gear still appearing to be deployed even after the player had retracted it

Mines

  • Decreased mine rearm time from 5 seconds to 2 seconds. The increase in time was an attempt to fix an issue where long ships were being hit by their own mines. However, the updated arming time was too long, making them ineffective. This new arming time should balance it.

Missions

  • Fixed missing ‘mission target’ tags from certain ships, meaning Massacre and Assassination missions should now have appropriate target ships for the players to attack
  • Fixed missing text in some VIP Passenger missions

Narrative

  • Corrected the date of Atticus Obellan Duval’s ascension to the throne in its Tourist Beacon

Network

  • Correctly display which network adapter is being used by the game in the network options, as well as preferring a wired network connection over a wireless one if both are found
  • Fixed edge cases where players were being placed in the same instance as players they had blocked
  • Added unique error codes to disconnections, for players to use when reporting issues

Player Journal

Updates

  • New SAASignalsFound event with bio/geo signals on planets and hotspots in rings
  • SAAScanComplete: add SystemAddress
  • Scan: add StarSystem name and SystemAddress
  • FSDTarget: add RemainingJumpsInRoute
  • CodexEntry,Touchdown,Liftoff: add NearestDestination
  • StatusFlags: add flags fsdJump, srvHighBeam
  • ShipTargeted: add powerplay info

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed code that strips newlines out of strings
  • Fixed bug that caused blank system names when selling exploration data
  • In the CrimeVictim event, the Offender field should now have added localisation, if relevant
  • Fixed description of FactionEffects in MissionCompleted event

Server

  • Fixed Companion API authentication for players with linked Steam accounts

Sidewinder

  • Fixed some level of detail issues with its Ship Kit

SRV

  • Fixed an issue where the SRVs weapon were firing slightly offset when used from the driver’s seat

Trading

  • Fixed an issue with the demand icon overlapping when demand is high
  • Fixed an issue with the displayed price at a Black Market for contraband goods
  • When a player is comparing market to buy/sell at, changes have been made to ensure that a selected marker is included in the “consumed by” list (if applicable), even if another market in the same system offers a better price

Training Simulations

  • Fixed an issue with the Mining Simulation where players could fire the Mining Laser at nothing and the tutorial would play incorrect voiceover
  • Fixed an issue with the Advanced Combat Training Simulation, where players could cycle fire groups too early in the flow of the simulation

Unidentified Signal Sources (USS)

  • Increased the spawn rate of High Grade Emissions
  • Increased the spawn rate for Non-Human Signal Sources

Viper MkIII

  • Fixed some level of detail issues with its Ship Kit

Interstellar Initiative #1 – Bridging the Gap

On the 20th April 2019, the first of Frontier’s new ‘ Interstellar Initiatives’ started. You can read about it below and in the video below.

WHAT ARE INTERSTELLAR INITIATIVES?

Interstellar Initiatives are a series of in-game events and narratives that play out over the course of approximately a month. Each one features several phases that will alter as the story progresses and may end with lasting effects on the galaxy!

GALNET: ZENDE PARTNERS ANNOUNCES TRANSPORT SERVICE

Zende Partners has revealed plans to establish a ferry service between the core systems and Guardian space.

Freya Taine, the company’s CEO, made this statement:

“In response to increasing demand for Guardian commodities, my company aims to facilitate access to the area once occupied by the Guardians. This will involve the construction of a mega-ship to transport pilots to and from this comparatively inaccessible region.”

“Five systems have been highlighted as potential destinations, and we’d like to invite the galactic community to decide which of these should serve as the termination point for the mega-ship. We will then build an outpost in the chosen system, and the mega-ship will enter service.”

“We hope that this initiative will stimulate new innovations in the field of Guardian-human technology.”

Note: The mega-ship ferry itself is actually composed of two mega-ships, one that will jump to the chosen system, and one that will jump back to the system of Zende. These megaships will jump on the server tick each week.

HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?

Zende Partners have identified five locations in Guardian space where they will not only set up an outpost, but fund the creation of a Megaship ferry that will take Commanders from the system of Zende to a location voted for by the community.

It’s an ambitious plan, but with easier access to Guardian technology, Zende Partners hope to build and develop new technology to benefit the human race… and, perhaps, their economic standings.

To get involved with this first phase of Bridging the Gap, all you need to do is cast your vote in this thread.

JOIN US ABOARD THE STARGAZER!

To assist you in making an informed decision, the flight team of the “Stargazer” will take you on a visit to one of the Guardian Sites and talk about what your options are during the next episode of the live stream series: “Stargazing Tours”. Tune in at 18:00 (UTC) on 2 May on either YouTube, Twitch or Mixer.

April Update: 2019 – Patch Notes

At 9:35am on the 22nd April 2019 Frontier released the patch notes for the update to be released on the 23rd April. You can see these below, or here on the official site. The patch notes will be added to the patch note section of this website in due course.


Greetings Commanders,

The Elite Dangerous servers will be offline for all platforms from tomorrow morning (23 April) for approximately 6 hours as we apply the April Update. There is a chance that this could run over, so we really appreciate your patience. As usual with these updates we’ll keep you as up to date as possible.

While the servers are down, why not join us for our launch livestream starting at 11:00 AM (UTC) tomorrow on TwitchYouTube and Mixer?

Thank you for your patience and we’ll see you in the black!

Please find the full patch notes for the April Update below:

 

New Features

Main Menu

  • Main menu layout updated to make screens and options clearer and to allow room for descriptions
  • Added Commander details to the top right corner
  • Added a news carousel that can display GalNet headlines, store releases and/or community announcements
  • Hints/tips are displayed during the loading screen
  • Players current main ship is displayed as the background on the main menu
    • Note: this will always be your current ‘main’ ship; fighters/SRVs will not be shown

Commander Creation

  • Updated the new commander flow to make the process more informative and engaging
  • Ship selection screens now display more information on the ship, and also includes an image of the ship itself
  • Players can now choose to start in the Dromi system (in a permit-controlled area administered by the Pilots’ Federation) or in the standard package location

Pilots’ Federation District

  • The Pilots’ Federation District is a collection of systems designed to offer a regulated area for new Commanders
  • Outfitting in these systems offers a basic level of equipment, and Shipyards offer a range of entry level ships
  • Missions offered in the district are aimed at early stage players
  • These systems are also marked with a special icon in the navigation panel and galaxy map
  • Once players have gained a rank in Combat, Trade or Exploration, they are offered a ‘graduation’ mission, which directs them out of the district. If they choose to complete this mission, they cannot re-enter any of the district systems.
    • This also means current, experienced players cannot enter any of these systems

New Modules

  • Advanced Docking Computer – The Advanced Docking Computer provides cutting edge guidance control to the ship’s computer, offering a further launch option alongside the assisted docking function.
  • Supercruise Assist – The Supercruise Assist module allows the ship’s computer to regulate the approach towards a set location within the current system and to disengage the drive at the appropriate time . This module can also be used to enter orbit around a planetary body.
    • Planet side targets are excluded – instead they will engage the planetary orbit function of the computer, and Commanders will need to manually guide the ship to the ground destination
  • Added a new ‘Flight Assistance’ section to the Ship tab on the right hand panel. Here players can toggle various options on or off (if fitted with the correct modules):
    • Flight Assist
    • Auto Dock
    • Auto Launch (requires Advanced Docking Computer)
    • Rotational Correction
    • Hyperspace Dethrottle (requires the Supercruise assist module. If switched on, throttle will automatically set to zero on entry to a new system)

Navigation Tab

  • Plotted route information is now displayed along the top of the Navigation tab
  • The popup box for each entry in the Navigation tab now includes extra information (where applicable) and various quick links to other features/areas of the game:
    • Lists any activities available at the selected location, with links to the relevant pilots handbook article(s)
    • Links to system or galaxy map where appropriate
    • Highlights threat levels when the threat is higher than your combat rank (and lists if it is human or xeno)
    • Displays various data on ports or nearby systems, such as allegiance, economy, has appropriate landing pad for your ship, relationship, state, security level galactic region
    • Maintains all previous actions such as lock target, and bookmark location

Pilot’s Handbook

  • New section added to the Codex that contains articles detailing activities and features of the game:
    • Mining
    • Exploration
    • Piracy
    • Trade and Smuggling
    • Mercenary Work
    • Bounty Hunting
    • Xeno Hunting
    • Salvage and Rescure
    • Maps
    • Crime and Punishment

Training Simulation Access

  • Training simulations are now accessible from within any ship cockpit, from anywhere
    • Note: if you attempt to start a simulation whilst in danger, you will be subject to the standard 15 second delay before proceeding

Commodity Market Interface

  • Separated ‘Buy’ and ‘Sell’ screens, to make it clearer to the player what data they are looking at
  • Added filters
  • Added ‘Suggested’ markets to the comparisons popup, and populated it with nearby data that the player owns
    • Also added the mission icon to systems that the player has active missions in
  • The ‘Help’ button takes the player to the relevant Pilots Handbook article
  • Updated the supply and demand icons and added a description of it to the right hand side of the screen, to make it clearer to the player when to buy or sell
  • Highlight mission related and rare goods on the buy screen, with a key to icons along the bottom
  • Clarified what the comparison column is telling the player:
    • On the buy screen – the profit if selected commodity is sold at selected market/galactic average
    • On the sell screen – the profit if selected commodity is bought at selected market/galactic average, and sold at current market
    • By default the column shows the ‘Galactic Average’ until the player selects a market to compare with
  • Added local market data to the right hand side for quick comparison
  • Buy screen shows Galactic average and price per unit on right hand side and Sell screen also includes profit if sold
  • Buy/Sell popup includes more information and quick links
    • Local market data for quick comparison
      • Selecting a market takes the player to the system on the galaxy map
    • View commodity on galaxy – takes players to a filtered version of the map
  • Added more detail to the popup box when selecting any commodities in the players inventory, as well as a quick link to the galaxy map with the correct filter applied

Bug Fixes and Improvements

This update includes over 800 fixes for various issues that have been discovered and investigated during the development process. For the sake of clarity, we have primarily listed below fixes for issues that have been reported to us by the community or other significant changes.

AI

  • Fixed some odd AI behaviour, found in assassination missions
  • Pirate AI will now act accordingly once the player responds after they demand cargo

Codex

  • Fixed an issue that prevented discovered Ammonia worlds from being confirmed
  • Fixed not being able to open the codex whilst in planetary glide
  • Fixed the session log not displaying a DSS scan event as ‘efficient’ if the efficiency target was met

Conflict Zones

  • Fixed issue where allied ships could suddenly become hostile to the player

Crashes/Stability

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when disarming a seismic charge
  • Fixed crash that could occur when launching or switching to a fighter
  • Fixed crash that could occur whilst driving an SRV
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when mining in a wing
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when restocking limpets

Damage Balancing

  • Fixed an issue that was causing damage dealt by Thargons to increase in multiplayer sessions
  • Fixed issue that caused more heat damage to be applied to vessels when in a multiplayer session
  • “Drag Munitions” engineering modification now disables the victims boost function whilst it is active

Diamondback Explorer

  • Fixed an issue with the yellow computer screen in the cockpit incorrectly showing as blue

Docking Computer

  • Fixed edge case that could cause the docking computer to not be able to successfully dock the ship

Exploration

  • Fixed issue that caused COVAS line ‘System Scan Completed’ to trigger multiple times incorrectly
  • Added option to invert the FSS tuning axis
  • Fixed an issue when trying to custom bind Front or Rear View toggle in DSS mode
  • Added an index number to Thargoid Barnacle sites to make easier for players to differentiate them
  • Fixed some cases where planets can appear to be fully scanned when they haven’t been

Galaxy Map

  • Fixed a star class in Lyaisae IC-U e3-253 that was displaying incorrectly on the Galaxy Map

General Ship

  • Players PIP settings are retained once they return back to their ship after switching to an SRV or fighter
  • Players can now use the keybinding to turn off ship headlights whilst using the docking computer
  • Corrected the cockpit health disparity displayed between module tab and advanced maintenance
  • Fixed an issue where a dismissed ship could end up not being able to be recalled
  • Fixed an issue where broken shields would recharge faster when dropping in and out of Supercruise
  • Fixed limpets showing in front of your ship suddenly when launching them

Player Journal Updates 

  • SDJump event – now includes “Body” info about the arrival star
  • Don’t write a spurious “FighterRebuilt” event after docking SLF back in the ship
  • ApproachSettlement” now includes body info
  • The “Loadout” event:
    • no longer includes spurious ammo stats for energy weapons
    • now includes UnladenMass and FuelCapacity info
    • now written when docking SRV back in mothership
    • now includes CargoCapacity, and MaxJumpRange
  • Module item names are now consistently lowercase
  •  Status.json:
    • include LegalState
    • includes info on nearby planet, and ‘AltFromAvgRad” flag
  • Scan: include a star’s subclass
  • Location: include DistFromStarLS
  • Add Conflicts data in FSDJump and Location
  • Include Vehicle ID for SLF/SRV (LaunchFighter, LaunchSRV, FighterRebuilt, FighterDestroyed, DockSRV, DockFighter, SRVDestroyed, CrewLaunchFighter)
  • Add info in Scan event to show if the body was previously discovered or mapped

Krait Phantom

  • Fixed reversed thruster animations when viewed from the vanity camera

Localisation

  • Fixed various typos

Mining

  • Fixed ‘Optimum yield range exceeded’ warning displaying when the yield hasn’t been exceeded
  • Ensure we eject deposit chunks from asteroids perpendicular to attempt to stop chunks getting stuck inside
  • Fixed missing ‘Detonation Successful’ message
  • Tightened hitcheck around asteroid models to lessen the amount of surface deposits that don’t break off when correctly hit

Rendering

  • Fixed lighting issue when returning to the cockpit from FSS mode
  • Fixed tiling effect when capturing high-res screens shots in various situations

Synthesis

  • Fixed incorrect message ‘AFM refill’ being displayed when using the SRV Repair recipe

USS

  • Increased High Grade Emissions USS spawn rate

Vanity Camera

  • Fixed visual issues when the camera signal is lost

VR

  • Ensure the mist at Thargoid sites displays correctly in both eyes
  • Fixed light flares from stars flickering in the right eye display

Weapons

  • Fixed an issue that caused the remote flak launcher to continue malfunctioning even after being repaired by an Auto Field-Maintenance Unit

April Update: 2019 – Preview & Live stream

On the 18th April Frontier released a short video explaining what was coming in the April update, as well as hosting a live stream where they went into details a little more. You can see these below, with details being added to the relevant pages in due course.

 

Elite: Dangerous – Important Update

On the 1st March 2019 at 2pm Frontier made a long post about the future of Elite: Dangerous regarding when the next update would be released and what will happen in the time between now and then. You can read it below or on the forum here. Details will of this news have been added to the 4.0 page of this site as well as to a new page to reflect the Post Beyond updates coming in between times.

Greetings Commanders,

We’ve had a number of questions from our community eagerly awaiting news on the future development for Elite Dangerous. We wanted to share a development update with you which talks a little more about our upcoming development plans. It’s a long read but we wanted to be as open as we can at this stage with where progress is and what information we are able to share. There will be more news and updates over the coming months.

Beyond

It’s been a little over two months since Beyond – Chapter Four, our final instalment in the Beyond season, arrived and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from the community. Beyond allowed us to deliver a year of free updates to Elite Dangerous in order to build, enhance, compliment and connect the content that has been added since launch. This step in the ongoing evolution of Elite was vital. The long-term vision for the game, even from the early days, has always been ambitious and we are committed to supporting the game with that vision in mind. All of this is made possible by the support of our amazing community. We were truly delighted that from Beyond – Chapter Four, we’ve seen one of our highest ever player counts with many hundreds of thousands of Commanders jumping in and taking to their cockpits together. Thank you!

The Next Era

Back in August, we mentioned that the team had begun work on the next major era of Elite. We believe this will be a defining moment in the history of the game and it will be our biggest update yet.

In that post, we explained that the content was still very early in development, so we won’t be ready to announce it for a while. To give this more context, in order to realise the ambition for this update, and the size and scope of the content we wish to bring to the Elite Dangerous galaxy, we estimate this major milestone will be ready by the latter half of 2020.

As development progresses, we will share more news and announcements on features, as well as timelines regarding this upcoming content for Elite. We can understand that having a long wait for news can be frustrating, but we truly believe that this will be the single most impactful update for our community. Having a development team dedicated to this milestone is our continued and unwavering commitment to making Elite Dangerous the most authentic, ambitious, and expansive evolving space game in the world.

As mentioned in our previous post, this new era will be paid for content and all lifetime expansion pass owners will have this included in their pass.

What now?

We know that waiting for a mammoth update like this one is going to feel like your 3rd run to Hutton Orbital. But don’t fret, we’ve got plenty of updates, content, and plans happening as we progress through to this monumental milestone.

As well as the team of developers working on our next big milestone, we also have a smaller development team focused on adding to and improving the existing game between now and that time. This will take the form of regular game updates and development supported events.

Development supported events

One of the biggest changes will be the way that we create and support in-game events and activities. Starting in the coming months, we will be looking to change the way that in-game events happen. The aim here is to create ongoing, engaging, and varied sets of content that are supported by the development team which players will be able to actively engage in.

We have listened to community feedback regarding Community Goals and while they are an incredible tool, they have become somewhat routine for many Commanders. We felt that we needed to adjust them to be more event-related while taking our in game events a big step further. We will gradually be changing our community goals and their frequency, using them within a larger schedule of development-led events to help us create more improved, meaningful and engaging experiences.

As well as Community Goals, we will also be using things like new scenarios, reputation and reward boosts (such as Superpower reputation increases), BGS and global galactic changes, in-game interactions, new game assets and much more to make game-wide events that tie into the game world. The aim is to constantly create new and exciting events and campaigns for you to get involved in and shape, which will focus on and benefit different types of players.

Outside of the game, we’ll communicate with you about these events, how they work and what goes into developing Elite Dangerous.

Regular updates

In addition to the weekly and monthly activity happening in Elite, we will also be releasing a series of updates roughly every 3-4 months. The first two of these updates will primarily focus on new player and welcoming experiences, and we will also be introducing a number of quality of life improvements for the entire player base, of which we will have more news on in the coming weeks. This will help ensure that new players are able to better progress through the game, and therefore help bring more players through to our very awesome, very welcoming community. We will also have additional game tweaks, benefits and bug fixes for all players. In the subsequent updates we will be focusing on bringing in new features, perks and content, including a range of exciting new additions to the game that will build up to this new era.

It is important to note that these updates will not take the same level of content or size that we have seen from our previous updates in Beyond or Horizons, as the majority of the development team will be focusing on the new era.

Elite Dangerous has an incredibly passionate, enthusiastic and talented community, and we’re committed to supporting Elite now and for the future. We would like to take this opportunity to say, once again, that none of this would be possible without the continued support and dedication from our community – so, thank you. Keep sharing your feedback with us, and if you have any questions feel free to share them with us by posting in this thread. We’ll try and answer as many of them as we can.

The Elite Dangerous Team