Frontier have announced that there will be a pre-launch stream for the release of the PS4 version of the game. You can read about it here.
On the 13th June 2017 Frontier announced that the 2.4 update will feature the return of the Thargoids. You can see the short promotion trailer for it below.
The release date will fall between July and September 2017. As described on the Frontier forum,
“The Return will play out differently to previous releases in Elite Dangerous: Horizons, with content and story beats affecting all Commanders releasing in the months following its initial release.
“As a story-centric update, showing too much ahead of time would spoil the surprise and make for a lesser experience for the community. We want The Return to surprise and shock you as much as possible, but that said, you can expect for further reveals and information about the future of Elite at various community and gaming events throughout the year, such as the upcoming Lavecon.
“David Braben talks about the history of the Thargoids, and about how 2.4 The Return will unfold, in the video we posted to our YouTube account:”
Further details will be added to this page as and when it is known.
This evening at 7pm and again tomorrow evening at the same time, GMT Frontier will be streaming live from E3. There should be a focus on the PS4 release of the game and also some information regarding the 2.4 patch. You can watch the livestream by clicking the link below from 7pm GMT. Any details will be added to this blog, tonight or tomorrow.
Update: As per Frontier’s comment on the forum.
“The streams will be narrative led and focus around an event that you can all be part of! It will tie in to what we’re talking about to the press on the E3 show floor, and is particularly impactful (sic) for the future of the Elite Dangerous galaxy.”
At 6.32pm on the 24th May 2017 Frontier announced news on the future of the game for 2.3, 2.4 and the content to come beyond that. You can read the full post here or see the transcript below.
“It’s a very exciting time to be part of the Elite Dangerous galaxy. On June 27 we will welcome even more Commanders to the galaxy with the PlayStation 4 launch. These new players will join the ranks of our already incredibly active, passionate and dedicated community.
“Since the launch of Elite Dangerous: The Commanders a number of weeks ago, we’ve received messages from members of the community eagerly awaiting details about the 2.4 update and the future of the game. I’m pleased to be able to share with you a little more detail on what’s to come in the short term and slightly longer term with Elite Dangerous.
“The first thing I’d like to share with you is that we will be adding another point update on June 27, this will be for all platforms and will include a number of bug fixes, and stability and networking improvements. This includes the much-requested Anaconda cockpit appearance change and will also introduce greater security for multi-crew hosts to be able to disable or limit crew members’ specific activity.
“One large element of this point update is a number of “under the hood” fixes which are designed to improve stability and performance, particularly on planet surfaces. This means that we will be looking to run a beta for 2.3.10. However, we do understand that with this being a point update with a number of less visible improvements, it won’t have as many new features to play test. Nonetheless, this testing is very important to make sure the game works as we would expect. Due to the wider and more global nature of this small point update, we will be making the beta open for all and we would welcome your support in joining and spending a few hours playing and helping to ensure the update is as good and stable as it can be.
“We’ll have more details on the beta, and exactly how it will work shortly.
2.4 – “????”
“Back at EGX in 2015 we showcased the headline features that would be coming to Horizons. However, there’s always been an extra little update, a mystery if you will, that has yet to be revealed.
“We’ll be providing a little more information about the update to the community and the press during E3 on June 13th and 14th. We’ll be hosting special community live-streams and activity so stay tuned for more news and updates as we get closer to the date.
“I can, however, tell you that this update will be slightly different to previous ones – content will be revealed over time rather than all being available on day one. Additional pieces of exciting content will surface over the coming months as the narrative progresses.
“So with the Horizon season of expansions coming to a close, what is beyond 2.4 I hear you ask? Well, it certainly isn’t the end of this amazing journey… we’re only just getting started!
“Our awesome dev team are dedicated to continuing to build and improve the Elite Dangerous experience with an exciting long term vision in mind. We’re happy to be able to confirm that the next major updates following 2.4 will focus on core gameplay, existing features, quality of life and other improvements! We’re delighted to be investing a considerable amount of development and effort into making the core gameplay experience even better for our fantastic community or players.
“We’ll be sharing more news on that content and our roadmap at a very special event coming later in the year – more details on this event will be released in the weeks after E3.
“On behalf of the entire Elite Dangerous team, thank you for your continued support. We are very excited to embark on the next part of the journey together as we continue to make Elite Dangerous an even more fantastic game and experience for our incredible community of players.”
If you want to hear Drew talk about the upcoming event in the Elite: Dangerous galaxy you can listen to him on the Frontier stream this evening.
On the 11th April at 9:24am Frontier announced that the servers were down in preparation for the release of The Commanders. They will remain so until around 6:00pm (BST) this evening. Whilst you are waiting Frontier have organised a couple of events as below – click the links:
Reddit: David Braben – Ask Me Anything at 11am
Frontier: Live stream – Youtube at 2pm
Frontier Store: Buy Horizons Season Pass
Frontier Store: Nameplates
Information & Updates to this blog following today’s events
The Commanders: Preview
Elite Dangerous: Current Features List
Elite Dangerous: Blog Updates (Following Reddit AMA)
You can view the new trailer below.
This evening Frontier will hold the second Q&A session with questions for Sandro Sammarco. This Q&A will probably touch on many more issues outside the current 2.3 version of the game.