New Player Minor Faction System

On the 25th July 2018 Frontier announced some changes to the way the player minor faction system works. You can see this below or here.


Greetings Commanders,

We’re pleased to announce that, starting today, we’re implementing a new and revamped application system for Player Minor Factions.

In re-working the original system for applying for a player minor faction, we are now able to process player minor faction applications with more efficiency and speed. Ultimately, this means that you’ll see your minor factions in-game sooner than before!

Read below for more information:

Why have a minor faction in Elite Dangerous?

A player minor faction is a way for established Player Groups to represent themselves in-game, pushing the agenda of their groups throughout the galaxy.

Once you have submitted a player minor faction, and have it approved by us at Frontier, your player minor faction will show up in one of the three selected systems of your choosing. Your minor faction’s description will show up in a future update of Elite Dangerous.

You will have to manage your minor faction’s economy, influence, and other galactic threats! Take part in various actions: combat, performing missions, selling exploration data and so on; other Commanders will be able work with or against your minor faction and therefore, your minor faction will be subject to the actions and functions of the Background Simulation (BGS).

I applied for a minor faction before the introduction of this system…

If you have previously submitted a player minor faction application with the older form, then you will have an update on the status of that application in the coming days. It will either be approved, or rejected, and depending you will need to do the following:

…it was approved and added to the game:

You don’t need to do anything; your minor faction is in the game! This system is for new player minor factions only!

…And it was rejected:

You will need to resubmit your player minor faction application with the new system below.

Apply for a player minor faction today!

Before applying for a player minor faction, please ensure you’ve notified us of your Player Group, which you can do by filling out the form here.

To apply for a player minor faction, please click here.

If you want to follow up on any future player minor faction applications, please contact Customer Support here (please allow for 72 hours after submitting your faction application before contacting Customer Support.)

If you have any questions or feedback about the new system, please reply in this thread.

Focused Feedback – Powerplay Update

On the 1st June at 3:45pm Sandro Sammarco made a brief update to the Powerplay proposals suggested in his original post, here. You can see them below or on the official forum.

“Hello Commanders, a quick update.

“First, thank you once again for your participation in this thread. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

“Clearly the Open Mode question is important, so we want to spend a good amount of time examining all of the options and collecting feedback before we come to any decision. To reiterate, nothing is set in stone. This is still an investigation.

“I will be posting a new, follow up thread next week, I hope you will be able to spare a moment or two to check it out and contribute.”

 

Beyond – Chapter Two Release Date

At 2:00pm on the 31st May 2018 Frontier announced the release details for Chapter Two of the Beyond series as well as a short teaser trailer. You can see them below or on the official forum here. The relevant pages on this website have been amended to reflect the new information.

“Greetings Commanders,

“We are pleased to announce that Chapter Two of the Beyond series of updates is right around the corner. In just under a month, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Alliance’s newest Chieftain variant: the Alliance Challenger. We’ve also got a selection of new wing missions, installation interactions, new settlements to explore and, to combat the ever-growing and ever-encroaching Thargoid threat, a cache of new Guardian weapons and technology from the Tech Brokers.

“And… you’ll be able to explore it all for yourselves on 28th June.

“This is the first of the two smaller instalments coming as part of the Elite Dangerous Beyond series of updates, with a larger coming in Q4 of this year, bringing Squadrons and improvements to Mining and Exploration, and much more! If you’d like to contribute ideas and find out more about what’s coming in the Q4 update, please check out our Focused Feedback forums here.

“Please find a summary of Chapter Two’s content below.

Summary of features:

New Ship: Challenger
The Alliance continue to refine their warships in the face of the looming Thargoid threat. The Alliance Challenger, envisaged as a frontline combat vessel, has stronger armour than its Chieftain counterpart and will be able to soak up a significant amount of punishment.

Wing Missions
First introduced in Chapter One of Beyond, we are introducing a range of new Wing Mission types for you and your fellow Commanders to take on!

Installation Interactions
In a similar fashion to the Megaship interactions, which were introduced in Chapter One, Commanders will now be able to scan and interact with Space Installations.

  • Scan – Scanning the installation will allow Commanders to see what they can interact with: Turrets, Comms Arrays and Cargo Bays.
  • Turret hack – Disable turrets protecting other potential hackable points. This will deactivate security measures put in place to protect the Comms Arrays and Cargo Bays.
  • Comms array – Get tradeable data from the Comms Array.
  • Cargo bay – Fire a limpet on the Cargo Bay to unlock and steal commodities and materials.

Tech Broker 
Tech Brokers will allow commanders to unlock large weapons versions of the existing guardian tech weapons. These Tech Brokers will issue missions to collect Guardian data as well as materials and then, once delivered, will unlock certain Guardian modules of weapons for purchase. Will you turn you weapons on Thargoid or use them to pirate rival Commanders?

Thargoid
Thargoids continue to be an intergalactic menace! With the Alliance introducing a new ship, the Thargoids intend to up their game too, introducing new Scouts that will buff other Scouts and increase their combat efficiency.”

Live Stream – Community Goal Submissions

On the 17th May 2018 at 7pm (BST), Frontier will be discussing Community Goal submissions during a live stream.


“Hello everyone,

“Player-submitted Community Goals will be coming back very soon! We’re changing a few things up, so join me and, Principal Designer, Steve Kirby to talk about the old system, the new system, why we’ve changed and how it works!

We’ll be going live tomorrow night (17/05) at 7PM (BST).

Tune in here

“See you there, Commanders!”

Focused Feedback: Live Stream

Frontier have announced a Live stream for this evening (Thursday 10th May 2018) to discuss the first part of the feedback for the Squadrons feature which is coming in quarter 4. You can follow it from 6pm BST with Senior Designer Adam Bourke-Waite here.

Focused Feedback Forums & Livestreams

Note: Date for Squadrons has been changed by Frontier to the 8th May.

On the 2nd May 2018 Frontier announced that the Focused Feedback Forums would be re-appearing for various topics. You can see the post here, or below. Links

“Greetings Commanders,

“While we’re hard at work on the next update for Elite Dangerous Beyond 3.1, we wanted to share our plans for the Focused Feedback Forum, and when you’ll see particular topics come up for discussion.

“The Focused Feedback Forum, for those who don’t know, is an area of the forum where we describe and explain our concepts for future features coming as part of Elite Dangerous Beyond. When the forum post goes live, we then welcome constructive and focused feedback from our community on each topic. Previous Focused Feedback Forum discussions have proven to be extremely useful for development, so we wanted to get things going as soon as possible in order to best consider your suggestions.

“We’d like to thank you again for all of your feedback across social media, the forums and direct messages. Although the Focused Feedback Forums give us a place to focus on specific topics, we still pass on every suggestion and comment to the development team for consideration.

“It’s important to note that the following list and dates are not final, and we have to allow for some flexibility. You may also see other topics pop up in addition to those listed below, we will keep you up to date when or if we’re adding any more discussion topics. Please note that the topics will overlap (as you can clearly see below) – this allows us to keep the discussion topics open for as long as possible, and gather as much information as we need. The main topic will be introduced, followed up by the inclusion and announcement of sub topics relating to the original discussion. As well as opening up the forums for discussion, we’ll also be hosting live streaming discussions with the developers on each topic. We’ll give you more information on these streams as we solidify the schedule.

Estimated start dates

Squadrons Discussion
8th May

Mining Discussion
28th May

Exploration/Codex 
18th June

“Thanks again for your continued support and feedback, we’re very excited to share our ideas with you.

“Ed and the Elite Dangerous team”

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.