Beyond: Chapter 4 – Beta #4: Is Live!

Updated: 21st November 2018 @ 12.16am

At 2:05pm on the 20th November 2018 Frontier announced the details for the final part of the Beyond: Chapter 4 Beta. You can see them below or here on the official website. You can read what Frontier have said about Thargoid Conflict Zones, here. Patch notes will appear in this thread once released by Frontier. There will also be a live stream on the 22nd November at 7pm (UTC) to demonstrate the new Thargoid Conflict Zones.

“We’re pleased to announce that the next set of beta content for Beyond – Chapter Four will be Thargoid Conflict Zones and a brand-new Thargoid-attacked Megaship scenario!

“We will bring the beta servers down at 10:00 (UTC) on 21 November. Following the update, the beta server will be live at approximately 11:00 (UTC) on 21 November. 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.

“Slightly different to previous beta additions, this Thargoid content will only be available in the Maia system during the Beyond – Chapter Four beta, though it will be available across all modes.

“Alongside this new content (below), you’ll be able to continue testing all of the previous content!

“To take part in the beta, all you’ll need to do is load up the launcher and select (and update) the following product: Elite Dangerous – Horizons – Beta (3.3). Once that has been completed, you’ll then have access to the Beyond – Chapter Four beta. If this hasn’t appeared, please restart your launcher.

“If you’d like information as the beta progresses, you can also subscribe to our Beyond – Chapter Four Beta newsletter by clicking here.

“We can’t wait to hear what you think of the new Thargoid Conflict Zones and Megaship Scenario!”

Additionally,

“The next beta update will also include various bug fixes and improvements. We’ve made some adjustments to mining itself and all of the details will be available in the patch notes published prior to the beta update.”


 > Patch Notes


Incursion State

  • Incursion state added, along with
  • Thargoid Conflict Zone scenario (“AX Conflict Zones”)
  • Damaged megaship scenarios
  • For the Beta, the Maia system has been manually set to the incursion state, and these scenarios should appear there

Comms

  • Added a toggle to turn off the profanity filter (under the options tab in the comms panel)

Audio Options

  • Updated audio options:
  • Default/optimal volume position is now marked, allowing the player to return to default easily
  • All sliders (apart from the 3 “master” sliders (sounds, music, voice)) can be boosted as well as cut
  • Note: User volume slider positions will be reset to default on this update (this is a one time only reset)

Bug Fixes and Improvements

Anaconda

  • Fixed incorrect white lights in cockpit

Background Sim

  • Added galaxy map filter for the new ‘Civil Liberty’ state
  • Added text to indicate the happiest system in the ‘Faction Allegiance’ section in Squadrons
  • Added icons to states listed in the System Map
  • Pirate attacks and outbreaks will now occur automatically
  • Fixed Conflict Zones not always spawning in systems at War

Cobra Mk.III

  • Fixed misaligned thrusters

Codex

  • Fixed an issue where a planet that didn’t have a terraformed status set would default to being terraformable (when it shouldn’t be)
  • Fixed overlapping text in the Archive section
  • Galactic region no longer resets to your location when searching the Discoveries section
  • Added ‘Distance Traveled in an SRV’ stat
  • Narration added for “Individuals” knowledgebase articles

Comms

  • Increased the volume of the background chatter in Conflict Zones
  • Increased the chat spam limit from 3 to 5 (fixes some Voice Attack issues)
  • Fixed issue that caused chat messages not to be delivered when the recipient was on main menu

Controls

  • The binding for entering the vanity cam in ship and SRV can now be bound to the same button

COVAS

  • Increased the volume of ‘Jefferson’

Crashes/Stability

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when leaving a Resource Extraction Site
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the Subsurface Displacement missile
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when jumping to another system
  • Fixed crash that could occur when opening the Codex
  • Fixed that could occur when entering a Conflict Zone
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when players ship is destroyed
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the Pulse Wave Analyser
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the Prospector Limpet
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching ships
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when in the FSS mode
  • Fixed holo-me being incorrectly selectable from the SRV, leading to a softlock
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching between 3D modes
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening the Codex after a recent discovery
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when selling Exploration Data
  • Fixed instances of “authentication server” disconnections from mission servers

Crime & Punishment

  • Added clarification to the bounty transaction details, to explain the implications of the Kill Warrant Scanner

Decals

  • Fixed reversed decal slots on Cobra Mk.III and Imperial Cutter

Exploration

  • The Detailed Surface Scanner will now auto hide in the fire groups HUD while in normal space
  • Fixed an audio issue that could cause the scanning sound to get stuck and loop
  • Fixed an issue which meant players couldn’t buy exploration data when docked at a port
  • Stopped the ship voice line from needlessly repeating when the system has been fully scanned
  • Fixed an issue where the info panel would not update to show a planets signals while in the DSS mode
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing players from firing probes a rings around stars (the star itself can still not be probed, which is intended behaviour)
  • Bodies now appear when using the FSS mode in non-Horizon versions of the game
  • Increased the sensitivity range on the FSS movement controls
  • Added sensitivity control to the spectrum analysis bar
  • FSS mouse binding now no longer gives a ‘roll’ option
  • Scanning a nav beacon now returns full system data (ring details were missing)
  • Fixed issue that could cause ‘false’ signals to appear that couldn’t be resolved
  • The threat level of a USS is now displayed when zoomed in on it
  • The system map now indicates if the planet has been mapped or not
  • Added message when a body is passively scanned
  • Fixed an issue that was causing some bodies to appear on the system map, but were unable to be discovered using the FSS mode
  • Fixed impossible to meet efficiency targets
  • Info panel now has 2 lines to display messages on
  • Fixed some Thargoid signal sources being identified as Guardian

Federal Corvette

  • Fixed visual issues on fitted ship kit when using a paint job

Friends and Private Groups

  • Fixed a hang that could occur when browsing a very large group

General

  • Fixed issue where dropping out at ports in asteroid clusters wasn’t dropping the player near it
  • Fixed an issue that meant certain Port contacts were erroneously appearing
  • Fixed issue where Thargoid probes weren’t spawning correctly
  • Fixed issue where the left hand panel would become unresponsive when return to the players ship from an SRV
  • Fixed missing leading reticle for the Flechette launcher
  • Fixed issue that could lead to the left hand panel becoming unresponsive

Holo-me

  • Fixed some graphical issues on the avatar portrait

Lighting

  • Reduced brightness in galaxy map

Localisation

  • ‘Search’ wasn’t translated in the Friends and Private Groups menu
  • Fixed various typos
  • Fixed incorrect text on ‘Galactic Powers’ button on the home tab
  • Fixed truncated text on the ‘Galactic Powers’ button in German
  • Added translations for Detailed Surface Scanner options
  • Replaced placeholder text with actual text in Fine description

Mamba

  • Fixed thrusters not changing colour when applying engine colours
  • Fixed misaligned vanity preview cameras
  • Balance pass on boost, speed, and pitch and roll rates
  • Should now dissipate heat quicker (in line with the FDL)

Megaships

  • Fixed Z-fighting issue

Mining

  • Added information on what is inside a motherlode asteroid to the data returned by the prospector limpet
  • Added extra detail to the Subsurface Displacement Missiles outfitting description, to explain the pull and hold trigger feature
  • Fixed graphical issue after using a Displacement Missile
  • NPC ships now use their mining lasers once again
  • Fixed missing targets, UI and feedback when a multicrew member joins after a prospector limpet has been used
  • Added extra feedback icons to the areas that represent the different yield ranges when attempting to crack an asteroid apart
  • Tweaked the pulse wave analyser results to be less broad and more focused at range
  • Added new, high value materials to the motherlode asteroids (free floating materials and new surface deposits, which are found after cracking the asteroid open)
  • Increased the ammo capacity of the new mining tools
  • Stopped depleted asteroids from appearing gold when scanned with the Pulse Wave Analyser

Missions

  • Removed restriction on in space collect missions, to allow players to take them even if their ships cargo hold is below the amount needed (they will use the Cargo Depot feature)

Multicrew

  • Fixed the target panel for the gunner role
  • Fixed issue where select the view report button didn’t take players directly to the screen

Orrery

  • Fixed incorrect planetary ring orientation

Outfitting

  • Updated the refinery text to change the refernce of “Mining Laser” to “Mining Tools”

Player Journal

  • Fixed duplicate scan events
  • Fixed some wing mission cargo reported as stolen
  • FSSSignalDiscovered: add USSType info (§6.6)
  • Add new FSSAllBodiesFound event (§6.4)
  • Scan events generated automatically when entering system now logged as “ScanType”:”AutoScan” (§6.3)
  • Add new event MultiSellExplorationData (§6.10)
  • Faction info in Location/FSDJump: if it’s the player’s squadron faction, add SquadronFaction:true, and flags HappiestSystem:true or HomeSystem:true if relevant (§4.8)

Render

  • Fixed high res screen shot feature when zoomed into a body in FSS
  • Fixed some Z-fighting found at Platers’s Tyranny port
  • Fixed some flickering on glass materials in stations
  • Make the light diffusion through volumetrics similar in appearance across graphics settings.
  • Cockpit geometry occludes ship schematics now
  • Fixed some jittering in ring fog
  • Fixed for brightness of mining related volumetric effects when in shadow of planet
  • Fixed rendering of glass material behind fog in stations

Ship Name Plates

  • Text size is now affected when using leading and/or trailing spaces

Squadrons

  • Randomised the results when browsing
  • Added a new ‘Mentor’ activity tag
  • Fixed issue where players could not use the gamepad to select a member to hand over the Squadron to
  • The members list now defaults to sorting by rank (high – low)
  • Shortened the invite text to solve truncated text
  • Tags can now be edited after the Squadron has been created
  • Fixed the Squadron feed tab being incorrectly reset upon ship destruction
  • Players can now transfer ownership to players that are not currently online
  • Faction alligence page now uses current state rather than pending state
  • After a player is promoted/demoted, permissions are now granted/taken away immediately
  • Tags can now be used to filter Squadron results
  • Fixed a transaction server error when sharing a starport or settlement bookmark
  • Fixed a bug preventing some pre-registered squadrons from changing their faction affiliation
  • Fixed exploration data and CQC results not always being added to the squadron leaderboards

Stellar Forge

  • Corrected the orbit of the moon around Earth

Vanity Camera

  • Stopped the ship cockpit UI rendering through the pilots chair

VR

  • Ensured the ring scan effect (and hotspots) are correctly occluded by the planet geometry in both eyes.
  • Fixed issue that causes the camera to clip through the pilots body more than usual

 

Beyond: Chapter 4 – Beta #3 is Live!

Updated at: 2:38pm with link to known issues.

At 11:00am (UTC) on the 14th November 2018, Frontier released the Beta #3 (Ships) release on to the live server for testing. You can see the details here or read full details of the content here. The patch notes can be seen below or on the official site, here. You can find a list of known issues here.

> Patch Notes


New Ships

Krait Phantom (Falcon DeLacy)

With a spacious cargo hold and a relatively generous quantity of hardpoints, the Krait Phantom is a versatile ship suited to a range of roles. It has enough firepower to hold its own against larger targets, and enough straight-line speed to outpace smaller targets. The ship also offers eight internal compartments, allowing the pilot to tailor the ship to their requirements. And while it lacks the firepower and fighter bay of its sister ship, the Krait Mk II, it is both faster and lighter.

  • 2 large and 2 medium hardpoints
  • 8 Internal optional slots
  • Top speed of 256m/s and a boost speed of 358m/s
  • 23LY laden FSD range

Mamba (Zorgon Peterson)

Based on an unreleased racing prototype, the Mamba is one of the fastest ships in production. It can also deliver a lot of punishment, boasting one huge and two large hardpoints. This emphasis on firepower and speed means the ship can hit hard and fast, vanishing before the target has a chance to react. Comparisons to the Fer-de-Lance, also produced by Zorgon Peterson, will be inevitable, but the Mamba is in fact faster in a straight line, while being slightly less manoeuvrable. 

  • 1 huge, 2 large and 2 small hardpoints
  • 5 internal optional slots
  • Top speed of 316m/s and a boost speed of 387m/s
  • 37LY laden FSD range

Scenarios

New scenarios can now be found:

  • Installations – Raid and Heist
  • Megaship – Heist
  • Damaged Megaship – Rescue and Repair

Quality of Life

  • Added icon to info panel to show players if their ship or SRV lights are on

Bug Fixes and Improvements

Cockpit UI

  • Fixed some typos in the playlist tab
  • Fixed the broken ‘Frameshift Active…’ message on the right hand panel

Codex

  • Fixed missing characters in Russian
  • Ensure the summary of a discovery entry in the session log matches the detail
  • Added some missing icons
  • Fix some unlocalised strings
  • Fix a cause for codex vouchers sometimes being unsellable
  • Fix for multicrew crew members discovering things in the wrong star-system
  • Fix some audio logs not grouping correctly
  • Give INRA audio logs their own category

Comms

  • Fixed instances where direct messages from other players where coming through as ‘Unidentified’
  • Fix some issues for not always being placed into the correct star-system’s chat

Controls

  • Fixed an issue where some players were unable to bind controls correctly
  • Added a new default scheme ‘Keyboard and Mouse with Yaw’

Crashes/Stability

  • Fixed a crash that could occur whilst mining in an asteroid ring
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when viewing Squadron applications
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening the galaxy or system map
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when mining with night vision on
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when jumping into a new system
  • Fixed crash that could occur when dropping into a ‘Notable Stellar Phenomena’ location
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the FSS mode
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting the game
  • Fixed crashed that could occur when dropping out at a weapons fire detected USS
  • Fixed crash that could occur when changing 3D settings and exiting the graphics menu
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in hyperspace
  • Fixed crash that could occur when opening the Codex
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when in the outfitting screens
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in a Multicrew session

Eagle MkII

  • Fixed smoke from over heating going through the cockpit

Engineers

  • Reduced the grade thresholds of the Colonia engineers
  • Fixed legacy engineering modifications on DSS module are converted for new ones (and references to old ones are removed)

Exploration

  • FSS mouse sensitivity control option now works
  • Fixed some locations that couldn’t be zoomed in on
  • Fixed probes sometimes going through bodies
  • Increased the text field for SAA gravity gauge (fixes some localisation issues)
  • Added surface locations found after probing a body to the system map
  • Planet surface signals are now targetable outside of Analysis mode
  • Added the number of bodies info to the ‘Orbital Plane Established’ alert
  • Fixed the discovery scanner SFX getting stuck looping
  • Fixed issue where players could zoom in and discover a metal rich body whilst tuned to the asteroid section on the filtered spectral analysis
  • Fixed missing info panel data when scanning a K class star for the first time
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the planet map % to decrease whilst probing
  • Changed the ‘scenarios’ section of the FSA to Concentrated signal sources and Transient signal sources
  • Fixed surface signals disappearing after logging off
  • Shortened the “Short Range Composition Scanner” name to “Composition Scanner”
  • Added support for FSS tuning to be bound to in-outs that don’t auto-center
  • Changed HOTAS joystick bindings to avoid FSS tuning and movement being on the same hand
  • Now able to bind enter and exit FSS to the same button
  • Fixed bodies rendering over their rings after beiing fully mapped
  • Fixed asteroid clusters reporting high temperatures in FSS
  • Added ‘First Mapped’ to system map
  • Clarified the info message that appears when trying to enter FSS mode whilst charging the FSD
  • Renamed ‘Radio Tuning Minimum Increase/Decrease’ to ‘Increase/Decrease Tuning’ in control options
  • Updated info message theme when turning off analysis mode
  • Updated info message when a target is too close to zoom in to from ‘Adaptive Zoom Blocked’ to ‘Target too close’
  • Ensure the efficiency target can actually be met
  • Fix a transaction server error when selling a page of exploration data that has zero credits value
  • Fix some issues with planets not being targetable and not always displaying correctly on the system map or in FSS mode

Factions

  • Fix some issues when spawning conflict zones in certain star systems
  • Ensure settlement & codex vouchers correctly affect the faction simulation

Friends Management

  • Fix some friends not always displaying correctly

General

  • Fixed unreachable listening post In the “HIP 16753” system
  • Fixed missing text in the Rhenium material description
  • Fixed incorrect details title for Chemical processors material description
  • Automatically fix ships with more than one FSD Interdictor modules

Installations

  • Added a new space bar, “The Orange Sidewinder” …for real this time

Lighting

  • Fixed lighting issue on the planet in the Elevate CQC location

Localisation

  • Updated French translation of ‘High Metal Content World’
  • Removed the superfluous ‘;’ from the system map when player is wanted

Mining

  • Increased the cool down on the Pulse Wave Analyser, to allow the results to appear before players can trigger it again
  • Resource Extraction Sites should now appear in applicable areas of the game
  • Outfitting text for the Seismic Charge tool now mentions that it is used to break asteroids apart

Missions

  • Delivery and Smuggle missions now warn players about being cargo laden and reduced jump range
  • Reduce chance planetary Scan chooses POI owned by mission giver
  • Added ‘Open Galaxy Map’ option to megaship missions
  • Fixed issue where disabling defence turrets didn’t update or complete megaship disable missions
  • Added missing hand in faction information to delivery missions
  • Fixed race mission wrinkles appearing with very little time to complete them

Night Vision

  • Fixed some objects still being highlighted whilst in vanity camera

Options

  • Fixed typos in audio options menu
  • Fixed typos in controls options menu

Orrery

  • Ensured that all bodies that are discovered and displayed on the system map are also shown in the Orrery view
  • Removed non-functioning planet map button
  • Improve the line width scaling

Outfitting

  • Fixed incorrect value being shown for ‘Limpet Life Time’
  • Fixed incorrect schematic used for 8A thrusters
  • Added 1 more ship and 2 more utility stock slots to all markets

Player Journal 

  • FSSSignalDiscovered – if signal is a USS, add a ThreatLevel value; if signal is a station, add IsStation:true; add SystemAddress
  • Cargo – fix spurious extra events; add a flag to indicate vessel=Ship or Vessel=SRV
  • CodexEntry: add SystemAddress
  • json, Flags: add NightVision flag (bit28/0x10000000)
  • SendText: include a journal entry for text to squadron or system chat
  • ReceiveText: include a ‘Channel’ parameter to show if message was from squadron or system chat
  • SAAScanComplete: remove lists of names of discoverers and mappers

Port Services

  • Ensure ‘Exit’ button in Material Traders takes players back to contacts, not to the Fines and Bounty claims contact
  • Fixed broken ‘Welcome’ animation when opening the services menu
  • Fixed typos in search and rescue contact description

Powerplay

  • Fixed Crime Sweep conflict zones (both powers involved will now be actively fighting)

Rendering

  • Fixed dust mote popping in ring fog

Squadrons

  • The list of systems that appear in the Squadron allegiance page is now sorted by name
  • Fixed the Squadron logo used on the ‘browse more’ option
  • Added Squadron icon to ‘invite’ option
  • Remove placeholder text from Squadron invites
  • Fixed Alliance logo appearing when non Alliance super powers are selected
  • Can now invite players in local space, that are not friends
  • Added a popup notification when handing over a Squadron to a different member
  • Fix some dates not being displayed correctly
  • Fix some transaction server errors when managing squadron members
  • Fix for Powerplay leaderboard contributions not being counted
  • Fix for Powerplay & Political leaderboards not displaying
  • Fix authored messages not appearing in the squadron feed

Stellar Forge

  • Removed a ‘phantom’ third ring around “Paesia 2” which was causing players to drop out of Supercruise when nothing was there
  • Fixed wife dwarf jets cones being visible through bodies

Synthesis

  • Changed ‘bonus active’ text when refueling the SRV through synthesis

System Map

  • Ensure a state is shown for each faction listed, even if it is ‘None’
  • Fixed installations and megaships incorrectly displaying as surface settlements

VR

  • Increase the thickness of orbit lines in the orrery view
  • Ensure players can fully zoom into bodies in the orrery view
  • Fixed the background on intermediate FSS zoom levels warping
  • Fixed planet rings moving with the headset in FSS mode
  • Fixed the SRVs full beam lens flare causing visual issues
  • Fixed graphical errors when switching between FSS and SAA modes
  • Fixed inverted joystick animations
  • Fixed missing scan effect in FSS (that highlights areas of interest)
  • Fix various fog and jet cone issues

Live stream #2 – Beyond: Chapter 4

On Thursday 25th October 2018 Frontier revealed their second in the series of Beyond: Chapter 4 live streams, this time featuring the Background Simulation and Scenario Interactions. This will start at 7pm (GMT). You can now see it below or read about it in the Chapter 4 page: here.

Beyond: Chapter 4 – Beta Announced

On the 15th October at 2pm Frontier announced the details of the Beta for Beyond: Chapter 4 along with a short promo trailer. The details can be seen below. Other web pages on this site will be updated to reflect this and any further news. You can see the full details on the official site here, or below including the trailer.


“Hello Commanders,

“With much anticipation, we’re pleased to announce that the beta for Chapter Four will be available to all PC Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons players on Tuesday 30 October!

“In order to focus the public testing on specific aspects of Chapter Four, we will be unlocking different content over a number of different weeks. You can find out the schedule that content will be added to the beta here:

beta4info

“We are expecting beta milestones to go live on the Tuesday of each week. However, we will update you in the News and Announcement forums as each update is made available.

“As always we welcome your feedback on our dedicated beta and bug report forums. These reports, and the data provided, by these beta tests are incredibly valuable and useful in the development of Elite Dangerous. You can find a breakdown of Chapter Four’s features below:

Exploration

“The Analysis Mode with the improved Exploration Discovery Scanner and Detailed Discovery Scanner, is a game-changing, brand new way for all Commanders to explore the Milky Way galaxy. After the initial scan of the system, you will then be able to tune your scanners to find stellar bodies and other phenomena. Unidentified Signal Sources and conflict zones will also appear as dotted lines within this mode, allowing you to easily track down interesting or important things within the system. Not only is this new system a more realistic, satisfying and engaging exploration experience, but now you will be able to make more informed decisions on where to look next, and you will be more rewarded for your time spent exploring. Commanders will now have probes at their disposal to map the planetary surfaces, and planetary rings, in detail, to locate points of interest and leave your mark on the galaxy in a different way.

“All of the above, in addition to the new in-game codex where Commanders will see a new way of recording their findings in both a collaborative and individual way, are just a few things coming with the changes to exploration. We’re barely scratching the surface here with the changes to exploration, so make sure to tune in to the livestream on 18 October, to find out more.

Mining

“Asteroid belts and planetary rings are about to get very busy. New tools and mechanics will provide a fresh, exciting and lucrative mining experience for all Elite Dangerous Commanders. Using new exploration mechanics, miners can investigate rings to locate the best spots to start their mining sessions, and then the best specific asteroids to probe and excavate for rewards. With the right amount of skill and expertise, the new Abrasion blaster, Sub-surface displacement missile, and Seismic charge launcher, will provide some exciting and explosive results.

“Want to go deeper with these features and learn more about mining? Tune in to the livestream on 1 November, to find out more.

Squadrons

“Squadrons is a new in-game way of uniting like-minded Commanders to support factions of their choice, take part in Community Goals together and compete for top spots in seasonal leader boards. New communication tools, including in-game chat channels, will help you blaze trails together, and leave your Squadron’s mark on the galaxy.

“Learn more about Squadrons in our livestream on 30 October.

“…and more!

“There’s a number of other huge changes coming to Elite Dangerous, including visual improvements, background simulation updates, and (yet to be revealed) cockpit interface changes, and other features that we can’t wait to tell you about.

“Prior to the introduction of the content on the beta, we’ll be hosting a number of deep-dive livestreams with developer guests, where we showcase the content and you have the chance to voice your questions and comments.

The Chapter Four content reveal livestreams will be on the following dates:
Exploration, Codex and Visual Improvements – 18 October (19:00 BST)
BGS and Scenario Interactions – 25 October (19:00 BST)
Squadrons – 30 October (19:00 GMT)
Mining – 01 November (19:00 GMT)
The Ships – 8 November (19:00 GMT)

“If you’re not able to catch the streams, don’t worry! We will be posting a recap of the all the content unveiled shortly after each livestream.

“We can’t wait to see what you think!”

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.

Elite: Dangerous – Patch Notes

Updated: 10th October 2019

Below you can find patch notes containing a list of the main features and changes available in Elite: Dangerous along with links to the much more detailed release notes, which also include details of bug fixes. Beta patch notes, which are numerous and extensive in many cases, are not (usually) listed here but can be found in the relevant thread.  Any content that is available to Horizons owners (2.0 onward) only is marked with a +. Otherwise it is available to all owners of the original release (1.0). If you wish to view a chart showing the releases of Elite: Dangerous, you can view it here. Use the table and links below to jump to the section you want to read.


Table of Contents

1.0 – Elite Dangerous 2.0 – Horizons 3.0 – Beyond: Chapter 1
1.1 – Community Goals 2.1 – The Engineers 3.1 – Beyond: Chapter 2
1.2 – Wings 2.2 – The Guardians 3.2 – Beyond: Chapter 3
1.3 – Powerplay 2.3 – The Commanders 3.3 – Beyond: Chapter 4
1.4 – CQC 2.4 – The Return April Update: 2019
September Update: 2019

> 1.0 – ELITE: DANGEROUS

> Released 16th December 2014


MAIN FEATURES

  • 400 billion star galaxy inc. planets (not landable in 1.0) multiple star types stars & black holes
  • Scientifically accurate 1:1 creation of Milky Way galaxy
  • Combat
  • Missions
  • Mining (asteroids & planetary rings)
  • Trading
  • Exploring
  • Pirating
  • Factions
  • Bounty Hunting
  •  Ships
    • Adder
    • Anaconda
    • Asp Explorer
    • Cobra Mk III
    • Eagle Mk III
    • Federal Dropship
    • Hauler
    • Imperial Clipper
    • Type-6 play
    • Play Type-7
    • Type-9 play
    • Orca
    • Python
    • Sidewinder
    • Viper Mk III

Patch Notes: 1.0 | 1.01 | 1.02 | 1.03 | 1.04 | 1.05 | 1.06 | 1.07 |


> 1.1 – COMMUNITY GOALS

> Released: 10th February 2015


MAIN FEATURES

  • Allowing the whole Elite Dangerous community to work together, towards goals which affect the galaxy.”
  • Route planning extended to 1000 light years
  • Added discovery tags to system map (requires scan)
  • Added city lights to planets
  • Add explored system details to the cartographics shop

Patch Notes: 1.1 | 1.1.02 | 1.1.03 | 1.1.04 | 1.1.05 | 1.1.06


> 1.2 – WINGS 

> Released: 10th March 2015


MAIN FEATURE

  • Wings allows groups of up to four pilots to fly together and share the rewards of their joint efforts.

CONTENT

  • New Ships
    • Fer-de-Lance
    • Vulture
  • Ability to re-boot damaged systems
  • Flyable de-bug camera

Patch Notes: 1.2 | 1.2.01/02 | 1.2.03 | 1.2.04 | 1.2.05 | 1.2.06 | 1.2.07 


> 1.3 – POWERPLAY

> Released: 5th June 2015


MAIN FEATURES

  • ‘Pledge allegiance to one of a number of galactic Power characters, gain rewards and influence that character’s battle for interstellar conquest, power and control.’

GENERAL CHANGES & NEW CONTENT

  • New Ships
    • Imperial Courier
    • Diamondback
  • Cargo/Mining collection drones
  • Fuel Transfer drones
  • Prospector drones
  • Mission system overhaul
    • Inbox integration for branching missions
    • Missions scaling up based on rank
    • Missions scaling up based on reputation with mission giver
    • Mission targets can be generated in supercruise rather than USSs
    • Spawned AI difficulty determined by mission (if spawned by mission)
    • Missions requiring only mineable materials added
    • Revamped military progression missions
    • Added Founders and Elite ranked missions
    • More mission variants added
    • Chatter tables updated
  • Updated bounty system
    • Bounties cannot be paid off but expire after 7 days.
    • Major factions don’t record crimes anymore, only minor factions
    • Fines now take 7 days to expire
  • Mining Changes
    • Osmium mineral added
    • Painite mineral added
    • Added low and high intensity resource extraction site scenarios
    • Added crimes for reckless flying (collisions) within starport no fire zones

Patch Notes: 1.3 | 1.3.01 | 1.3.021.3.03 | 1.3.04 | 1.3.05 | 1.3.06 | XBox Preview Update 1.0.0.71.3.07


> 1.4 – CQC 

> Released: 6th October 2015 [Xbox One Release Date]


MAIN FEATURE

  • ‘The ultimate 34th century gladiatorial contest between Elite Dangerous pilots, with intense PVP action in custom-built arenas set within the Elite Dangerous galaxy.’

NEW CONTENT & QUALITY OF LIFE ADDITIONS

  • New Ships
    • Imperial Eagle
    • Federal Gunship
    • Federal Assault Ship
  • Hazardous resource extraction sites added
  • Compromised nav beacons added
  • Legal salvage missions added

Patch Notes: Xbox GPP Update1.4 | 1.4.01 | 1.5 | 1.5 – Beta 2 | 1.5.3 


> 1.5 – SHIPS & 2.0 – HORIZONS +  

> Released: 15th December 2015


1.5 SHIPS

MAIN FEATURES

  • Increases the number of playable ships to 30 (31 if you own Horizons).
    • Asp Scout
    • Viper MkIV
    • Federal Corvette
    • Imperial Cutter
    • Keel back
    • Imperial Fighter (CQC)
  • Added various new mission types and scenarios:
    • Crashed ships
    • Don’t die missions
    • Don’t get scanned missions
    • Multi-stage missions
    • Missions can be received in space
    • Assassination variants
    • Contact missions
    • Unique cargo missions
    • Timed window missions
  • Added new open space scenarios:
    • Search and rescue scenarios
    • Wrecked ships scenarios
    • New deep space salvage scenarios
    • Distress call scenarios
  • Bobbleheads (PC & Mac)

Patch Notes: 1.5


2.0 – HORIZONS +

MAIN FEATURES

  • Ability to land freely on 4 types of airless moon, making up 61% of all planets in the game:
    • Rocky
    • Metal
    • Ice
    • Rock & Ice
  • Various types of ground bases:
    • Military bases
    • Research Establishments
    • Hideouts
    • Major starports
    • Mining complexes
  • Drive your SRV on the planetary surface whilst:
    • Exploring planetary surfaces
    • Fighting skimmer defence vehicles (x 4 variations)
    • Scanning the surface for materials
    • ‘Hacking terminals’ to download data
    • Find crashed ships
    • Discover points of interest, debris and lost cargo
  • Synthesise the various materials found on the planetary surface in order to:
    • Refuel your SRV
    • Repair your SRV
    • Reproduce ammunition
    • Increase Ship Jump Range

CHANGES & OTHER ADDITIONS

  • Change to 64 bit client.
  • Black Friday paint job packs.

Patch Notes: 2.0 | 2.01 | 2.0.02 | 2.0.03 | 2.0.04 | 2.0.05 | 2.0.06 | 2.0.07 | 2.0.08 | Xbox One 1.5.02 |


> 1.6 & 2.1 – THE ENGINEERS

> Released: 26th May 2016


MAIN FEATURES

  • The Engineers – Gain access to the Engineers in order to upgrade various ship components to upgrade numerous parts of your ship +
    • Engineer bases (Handcrafted)
    • Weapons
    • Engines
    • Frameshift
    • Thrusters
    • Armour
    • Power Systems
    • Shields
  • New Weapons
    • Huge Beam Laser
    • Huge Pulse-Laser
    • Huge Multi-Cannon
    • Large Multi-Cannon
    • Missiles improved to work better over a distance
    • Missiles damage effect increased to lower all external modules
  • Mission System – Update
    • NPC portraits now act as ‘missions givers’
    • Clearer information when building reputation with factions
    • New branching missions
    • Some new mission templates (e.g. tip-off missions)
    • Increased use of Navigation beacons to give mission information

NEW CONTENT & QUALITY OF LIFE ADDITIONS

  • Traffic Control – Voicing
    • On approach to star ports and planetary ports players will hear chatter from the flight controllers
    • Flight controllers automatically give a call sign to all pilots – this is formed from the ship manufacturer and the first three characters of the Commander’s name.
  • New Ship Drives
    • For smaller ships, eg. Sidewinder, Faulcon de Lacey have introduced performance enhanced size 2 and 3 drives.
  • Ice Mining
    • Commanders are able to mine new commodities such as methanol monohydrate crystals and low temperature diamonds.
  • General User Interface Additions
    • Bookmarks added to galaxy map
    • Increased filter options on galaxy map (ie system states)
    • Community Goals added to galaxy map
    • Outfitting Screens re-worked to give more information
    • Game control page re-worked to make changing and finding key bindings easier.
  • Graphical Improvements
    • Planetary surface quality has been increased whilst also increasing the performance
    • SRV will now leave tyre tracks
    • Star light has been changed so they retain their colour over distance
  • NPC – Artificial Intelligence
    • NPC’s will fly low over planetary surfaces and engage in dogfighting
    • Elite NPC pilots are now of a higher quality
    • Make better use of missiles & torpedoes when opponents shields are down
    • Are more skilled in avoiding damage
    • Better use of PIP management when fleeing or pursuing an opponent
    • Will flee battles to allow their shields to recharge before returning
    • NPC’s will counter attempts of human pilots to use reverse thrust
    • Skimmers are more resistant to splash damage
    • System security ships will respond better to crimes committed in their vicinity
  • System State Enhancement
    • Changed to give greater visibility to their current situation. For example, when a system is in famine the price of food will increase.

Patch Notes: 1.6 & 2.1 | 2.01.02 | XBox Update2.01.03 | 2.01.04 | 2.01.05


> 1.7 & 2.2 – THE GUARDIANS

> Released: 27th October 2016


MAIN FEATURES

  • Ship Launched Fighters +
    • Launch the F-63 Condor, Imperial Fighter or the Taipan from specific in-game ships
    • Fly them yourself via neural net or hire a crew member (see below) to do the same
    • Ability to alter their loadouts and modules
    • Issue orders to your ship launched fighter
    • Manufacture ship launched fighters in-flight
  • Hire NPC Crew +
    • Hire up to 3 NPC crew and have one of them fly with you at any one time.
    • NPC crew come with wage demands and a back story.
    • Crew can increase their rank as they gain more experience and die, should your ship be destroyed
    • NPC Crew can fly your ship or your Ship Launched Fighters
    • Issue orders to NPC crew
  • New Ship +
    • Beluga Liner
  • Passenger Missions
    • Take a variety of passengers (18 types) to various destinations in the galaxy
    • Scan tourist beacons to learn about in-game lore and earn exploration awards
  • Engineers & PowerPlay +
    • Five new Engineers added – Bill Turner, Lori Jameson, Ram Tah, The Sarge, Tianah Fortune
    • Yori Grom has been added as a new power in Power Play

NEW CONTENT & QUALITY OF LIFE ADDITIONS

  • Ships
    • Ship Transfer
    • Module storage & transfer
    • Remote sale of ships
  • In-game Graphics & Audio
    • Four new types of Station Interiors – Tech, Agriculture, Tourism & Refinery
    • Added advertising holograms outside stations
    • New Geological features added to planets – Fumaroles, Geysers
    • New Biological entities added to planets
    • ‘Mysterious things’ added
    • CQC Stations now in game
    • Changes to graphical representation of Neutron & White Dwarf stars
    • Ability to use new star ejection to gain increased one-off jump range
    • Improved planetary surfaces
    • Capital Ship dock now in game
    • Various other locations including – Comms arrays, prisons, hideouts
    • Visual improvements to hyperspace
    • Visual dimming of the universe via galactic dust
    • Various new air traffic controller voicing
    • Improved lighting & geometry in all Engineer bases
  • Graphical User Interface Changes
    • Changes to layout of Starport services menu
    • Added UI ‘spooling engines’ graphic when taking off from a planetary surface
    • System security information added to HUD before entering hyperspace
    • Graphical improvements to avatars
    • Planetary maps now visible in system map view
    • Multiple destination feature added to route plotter
    • Pay off bounties and fines from low security systems
    • Filter to show ‘visited systems’ in Galaxy Map (only 2.2 systems onwards will show)
    • Security Filter added to Galaxy Map
    • Sort missions by – Legal, Illegal, Combat, Aid
  • Mission Based Changes
    • ‘Seeking Goods’ scenarios now issue missions  
    • Points of Interest can now be fixed (see geological and biological entities)
    • Points of Interest can now contain landed ships
  • Other
    • Training Tutorial Scenarios added – Basic Flight, Advanced Combat, Mining, SRV Training, Ship Launched Fighter Training, Mining tutorial added
    • Commanders Journal – enables 3rd party developers to access in-game Commander data and create websites and applications
    • Paint Jobs – Anaconda, Asp Explorer, Vulture, Fed-de-Lance, Python, Corvette, Cutter
    • Paint Jobs – Ship-Launched Fighters
    • Paint Jobs – SRV
    • Ship Kits – Python & Vulture

Patch Notes: 2.2 | 2.2.01 | 2.2.02 | 2.2.03


> 2.3 – THE COMMANDERS

> Released: 11th April 2017


+
indicates Horizons features only.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Holo-Me (Commander Creator) +
    • Holo-Me UI gives players the ability to create male and female avatars by tuning and morphing their eyes, nose, mouth, ears, jawline, neck, hair, freckles, scars, beards, suits and decals. Alternatively players can use any of the 50 commander presets.
    • Commander creator are also now visible within the player’s cockpit or are holographically represented when they are not physically present.
    • Player avatars are also displayed in the comms panel.
  • Multi-Crew +
    • Multi-Crew allows a team of up to 3 players players to play together and assume roles aboard the same ship or just tag along as a passenger.
    • Gunner – Allows a crew member to take control of all turreted weapons on the ship using a third person interface.
    • Fighter Con – This allows a crew member launch and control a fighter, even if the helm has already launched a fighter using NPC crew. This allows multi-crew ships to have two fighters active at a time. In addition, if the ship has enough fighters, both crew members can take on the fighter con role, meaning three human controlled ships can be flying at the same time.
  • Camera Suite
    • Added vanity cameras to all ships enabling players to view their commander and ship from a variety of interior and exterior camera angles.
    • Free-view camera also available to enable players to select non-fixed views.

NEW CONTENT & QUALITY OF LIFE ADDITIONS

  • Ships & Stations
    • Dolphin playable ship +
    • Ship Naming and ID plates can now be added via Outfitting
    • Increase in number of the maximum stored ship limit to 35
    • Asteroid base stations, with air traffic controllers
    • 32 asteroid bases in various deep space locations
    • Stations can now be placed within rings
    • Stations can now be placed within asteroid clusters
    • CPU optimisations around stations and capital ships
    • Stations that are within a planetary ring are now displayed on the system map
    • When targeting a station’s location (usually but not limited to when in supercruise heading towards it) show the schematic in the correct orientation.
    • Added Megaships
      • Tanker
      • Cargo
      • Asteroid Miner
      • Flight Operations
      • Prison Ship
      • Science Vessel
      • Passenger
      • Plus two more unknown variants.
  • Passengers & Missions
    • Added prisoner cells as alternatives to passenger cabins +
    • Updated mission and variant templates for passenger bulk, VIP and VIP Conflict types +
    • Multi-stage mission support added (different to wrinkles)
    • Delivery, Collect, Passenger Bulk, Piracy, Rescue, Salvage and Smuggle mission change destination wrinkles are now optional.
    • The following missions should now spawn more frequently: Piracy Heat, Piracy Contract, Clearing the Path, Safe Travelling
    • Updated the military career progression numbers to speed up progression
    • Increased super power reputation gains by 25% when gaining faction reputation
  • New challenge scenarios
    • 4 new Incursion scenarios
    • Speed docking
    • Driver challenge
    • Ship launched fighter challenge
  • Weapons
    • Added two turreted mining lasers
  • POI / USSS
    • Lava Spouts now have proximity effects around them. Depending on the ferocity of their eurption, they deal heat and damage to the player. The more ferocious the eruption, the hotter and more damaging they become
    • Added additional installation scenarios
      • Medical
      • Space Bar 
      • Space Farm
      • Government 
      • Security Station
      • Plus Colour variations
    • Added new Passenger USS scenarios
    • Added a new Data Link scanner for ships
    • Proximity effects support added
    • Added more wreckage types
    • Space scenarios can now have localised fog
  • Exploration
    • New mysterious things added
    • New organics added to planetary surfaces
    • Re-balanced the amount of exploration career rank awarded when completing Passenger missions
    • Increased the credit values of exploration data for scans after this release. Unsold data from previous scans is unaffected by this change.
  • Engineers
    • Manifest/Killwarrant/Wake scanner:
      • Long Range
      • Wide Angle
      • Fast Scan
    • Ship primary sensor:
      • Light weight
      • Long Range
      • Wide angle
    • Detailed Surface scanner 
      • Long Range
      • Wide Angle
      • Fast Scan
    • Bill Turner:
      • DSS to grade 5
      • Sensor/scanner to grade 5
    • Felicity Farseer:
      • DSS to grade 3
      • Sensor/Scanner to grade 3
    • Heri Tani:
      • DSS to grade 5
      • Sensor/Scanner to grade 3
    • Juri Ishmaak:
      • Sensor/scanner to grade 5
      • DSS to grade 5
    • Lei Chung:
      • DSS to grade 5
      • Sensor/scanner to grade 5
    • Lori Jameson:
      • Sensor/scanner to grade 5
      • DSS to grade 5
    • Tiana Fortune:
      • Sensor/scanner to grade 5
      • DSS to grade 5
  • Pirates
    • NPC pirates will now ask the player for a cargo amount from a player. Complying will result in the NPC pirate not opening fire.
  • Interdiction 
    • Players in supercruise can now visually see other interdictions taking place. You can see this taking place in this video.
  • Ship Art
    • All ship explosive effects improved
    • Large number  of changes to ship interiors
  • Audio Changes
    • New additions include audio for the FSD supercharge including voice alerts,
    • Added ambient audio details to the starport inner-dock variant,
    • Three New flight controllers types for the Empire, Anarchy, Independent powers,
    • Additional wave scanner improvements
    • ‘Secret stuff. Shhh’.
  • Added 100 new tourist beacons
  • CQC
    • Rebalanced capacitor and charge rates to be the same across the different ships
  • Added Bucky Ball Beer Mats rare good
  • Celestial
    • Ice terrain surface improvements
    • Performance improvements for terrain on 4/500 series nVidia cards
    • Surface rock system optimisations
    • Updated schematics for white dwarfs and neutron stars
    • Made star lens flares check the actual depth instead of comparing against a constant value
  • Player Journal
    • Added journal events for Multi-Crew
    • Include more details about atmospheric composition in player journal, when detail-scanning a planet with atmosphere
  • VR
    • Made the schematics render in stereo
    • Added dithering support to tackle banding in VR
    • Fixes to some of the cockpit VR cameras
    • Fixed some incorrect scale assumptions when fitting the left eye image to the monitor window. The view should feel a little less stretched. In addition there will be a significant memory saving moving from 2160×1200 to 1280×768
    • Added Python ship kit VR hangar cameras

Patch Notes: 2.3 | 2.3.01 | 2.3.01 (Xbox)2.3.02 | 2.3.02 (Xbox) | 2.3.101.01 & 1.02 (PS4)2.3.11 | PS4 Hotfix |


> 2.4 – THE RETURN

> Released: 26th September 2017

+ indicates Horizons features only.

NEW CONTENT & FEATURES (+)

  • Added mysterious and exciting things
  • Holo-Me Save Slots – We have added save slots for different Commander appearances in the Holo-Me system
  • Holo-Me: Added 12 new hairstyles
  • Holo-Me: Added slots for Eyewear and Outfits
  • Synthesis can now create heat sinks, chaff, limpets and top up life support
  • Additional planetary bases added to the Colonia region for migration winners
  • Added mysterious locations we’re not going to tell you about…
  • Added more mysterious and exciting things
  • Ship Rebuy Penalty – When a player commits the crime of murder (PvP only), an additional cost is added if they swap to a less expensive ship before paying legal costs during the rebuy flow
    • Exemption for valid Powerplay PvP
  • Pilot’s Federation Bounty – When a player commits the crime of murder (PvP only), they receive an additional Pilot’s Federation Bounty. This bounty is valid in every jurisdiction except anarchies
    • Exemption for valid Powerplay PvP
  • Inbox Revamp – Various quality of life improvements and a new look
  • New Chained Missions – Which can be longer than two steps
  • Hull/Canopy Repair Limpet controllers are now available
  • Preview game extras in outfitting – You will now be able to preview paint jobs and other game extras available for purchase
  • Stored ships can now be sold from the rebuy screen to cover the rebuy cost
  • Updated route plotting system:
    • maximum route plotting range is now 20Kly
    • route plotting is much faster
    • there is now an option to make use of neutron star boost when plotting routes
    • an icon is displayed on the route to show the last scoopable star before running out of fuel
  • Additional NPC stations added to support infrastructure and trade routes in Colonia region
  • Star systems renamed based on Colonia migration winners
  • Additional space stations added to Pleiades region to support civilian expansion narrative
  • Added search and rescue contacts to stations across the galaxy
  • New and improved salvage scenarios added to support search and rescue gameplay
  • Made salvage commodities legal to pick up from wreck sites (will still appear illegal if dropped by ships as that is not salvage)
  • Added more mysterious locations we’re not going to tell you about…
  • Controls
    • Added default bindings for useful Multi-crew functions for the Thrust master T-Flight HOTAS range
  • Factions 
    • Encourage factions to not expand into star systems that require permits
    • Factions that fail to expand from a star system after an Investment state has boosted their expansion range will no longer try to expand from that star system in the future
    • Factions that retreat from a star system will subsequently treat that star system as a low priority when choosing an expansion target
  • General Fixes & Tweaks
    • Brazilian Portuguese language translation is now available (A special thanks to our volunteer localisation testers has also been added to the credits)
    • Fixed date stamps on inbox messages
    • Various text fixes
    • Various localisation fixes
    • Added some mysterious things which get unveiled over time…
  • Missions 
    • Add distance from star system entry to mission destinations
    • Ship kills, and actions to complete planetary hack and disable missions will now only contribute to a single mission, this will be the earliest mission accepted
    • Refactored mission selection to promote a wider selection of missions on a single board.
    • Refactored mission selection to promote a better spread of missions across factions
    • Refactored mission selection to heavily promote selection of conflict missions for both sides involved
    • Refactored mission selection to more reliably generate permit, engineer, and rank missions at eligible stations.
    • Slightly re balanced micro resource reward selection probabilities
    • Added an inbox message when passengers alight from the ship
    • Follow-on missions can include more data about previous missions in the chain
    • Added support for missions allocating additional rewards based on station distance from the jump-in point
    • Optimisations to how system data caching for secondary sites is stored and requested
    • Significantly improve mission board loading, especially for those on high-latency networks
    • Increased the time limit for long distance missions
    • Chain mission inbox messages now better indicate the name and known station of the mission giver
    • Reduced the amount of Long Distance missions that will generate
    • Multiple Planetary Scan missions will no longer complete after a single scan
    • We now include the faction and station name in chain mission inbox messages
  • Network 
    • Re-enabled UPnP by default in the AppConfig
    • Improvements made to prevent network disconnections in poor network traffic conditions
  • Player Journal 
    • Added “Luminosity” property to “Scan” event for a Star
    • Added “MissionRedirected” event
    • Added “SearchAndRescue” event
    • Added “SellShipOnRebuy” event
    • Include Latitude and Longitude info in Screenshot event if appropriate
    • Include transfer time to FetchRemoteModule
    • Include info about online friends at startup
    • The ‘Scan” event is generated for all bodies in a system, when scanning a navigation Beacon
    • Added “RepairDrone” event
    • Added “Music” event
    • Population statistic now included in the system info on ‘FSDJump’
    • Included info about StationServices available when docking at a station
    • Info about all bodies in the system added when scanning a Nav Beacon. If you have a Detailed Surface Scanner installed, this will include detailed info (such as materials available on landable bodies)
    • Included ‘TransferTime’ property in ‘ShipyardTransfer’ event
    • Added mission name to player journal for mission redirect message journal entries
    • Fixed an issue whereby Nav Beacons needed to be scanned twice for correct journal entries
  • Station Services 
    • It is no longer possible to sell stolen items that you received as part of a mission on that station’s black market
  • Stations and Outposts 
    • Outpost weapons platform has been completely updated with new art
    • All Outposts have had an art pass to fix minor issues and improve visuals
    • Outpost schematic rendering is now fixed to show all the extra modules, not just the core outpost
    • Modular Stations have had an art pass to fix minor issues and improve visuals in some areas
    • Various station schematic models have been updated to improve quality and fix orientation issues
    • Physics mesh optimisation in the newer station interiors to improve framerate
    • Various updates to station interiors to fix minor art issues and improve LODs
  • StellarForge 
    • Renamed Eol Procul Centauri 1 to Hutton Moon
  • VR 
    • We have made some adjustments to mouse behaviour when viewing the Holo-Me menu in VR so that it matches other UI screens
    • We have disabled the bloom effect when using the VR graphical presets by default, as it could be a bit hard on the eyes
    • Fixed a tiling issue that occurred when taking high resolution screenshots when using VR
    • Adjusted a variety of outfitting cameras across a range of ships to work better when using VR
    • Fixed an issue whereby the HUD target reticle was displayed inside your cockpit in one eye when using VR
  • Weapons 
    • We have made some improvements to the animations on rail guns
    • If you’re still reading this we’re definitely not telling you about the mysterious things, you’ll have to wait and find out……
  • PS4 
    • Added a toggle to switch between tilt and rotate for head look with motion controls
    • Fixed an issue where the amount of time played would become stuck at 0
    • Fixed numerous crashes
    • Fix for an issue where the “Refined Taste” Trophy was not triggering correctly
    • Adjusted link on Passengers Training Video to direct you to the correct video
    • Fixed an issue where you would be prevented from selecting control presets when booting the game with the T-Flight HOTAS 4 connected
    • Fix for becoming stuck on the Engineers screen after viewing pinned blueprints
    • Pressing Triangle on the Galaxy Map will now jump to your current location
    • Swapped the left and right stick icons around so they’re no longer confused about their directions
    • Added a default binding for deploying your Cargo Scoop with the T-Flight HOTAS 4.
    • Added a default binding for targeting while in the SRV with the T-Flight HOTAS
    • Fixed an issue with the heat sinks on the Imperial Cutter disappearing when viewed from close by
    • Fix for numerous audio issues including distortion during dog-fights”Please note that there are also a lot of fixes that covered multiple platforms that included the PS4; these have not been called out in this list.”
  • Xbox One 
    • Added 25 new Achievements
    • T.Flight Hotas One support
    • Fix for an issue where Ship IDs would only show 5 characters despite 6 being entered

Patch Notes: 2.4 | 2.4.01 | 2.4.02  | 2.4.03 | 2.4.04 – PS4 only | 2.4.06 – Xbox One X | 2.4.07 – Xbox One & PS4 | 2.4.08 | 2.4.09 & 1.13 (PS4)


> 3.0 – BEYOND: CHAPTER 1

> Released 27th February 2018


NEW FEATURES

+ Horizons only

  • 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 re-spawn 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. +
    • 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. +
    • 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. +
    • 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.

Patch Notes: 3.0| 3.0.2 | 3.0.3 | 3.0.4 | 3.0.5


> 3.1 – BEYOND: CHAPTER 2

> Released 28th June 2018

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

Patch Notes: 3.1 | 3.1.1 | 3.1.2 | 3.1.3


> 3.2 – BEYOND: CHAPTER 3

> Released 28th August 2018

Content & Features

  • Weapons
    • Large Dumbfire Missile
    • Large Seeking Missile
    • Large Torpedo Launcher
    • Large Multi Cannon (turret)
  • Human Tech Broker
    • Small Shock Cannon (turret)
    • Small Shock Cannon (gimbal)
    • Small Shock Cannon (fixed)
  • 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).
  •  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 following the addition of 4 new Engineers.
  • Wing Missions (added two new 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

Patch Notes: 3.2 | 3.2.1


> 3.3 – BEYOND: CHAPTER 4

> Released: 11th December 2018

New Features

Exploration

  • Discovery Scanner upgraded to include access to the new Full Spectral System (FSS) scanner mode
  • Players use the FSS Mode to discover stellar bodies, stellar phenomenon, USSs, scenarios, distress calls, mission targets and more
  • There is now only one Discovery Scanner available in game, which is based on the basic variant. Commanders that have purchased either the intermediate or advanced scanners will receive a credit refund
  • Detailed Surface Scanner upgraded to include access to brand new planet probes
  • Players can fire probes at bodies to gather data that can be sold.
  • Players can also use these probes to pinpoint places of interest on landable planets as well as uncover lucrative places in planetary rings to mine
  • Each body has a “probe efficiency” target; if the player maps 100% of the body using either the same or less than the target, they are awarded a bonus
  • Added “First Mapped By” tag – the first commander to 100% map a stellar body and sell the data at a port will be named for everyone to see
  • Players will be unable to map Sol, Achenar or Alioth as these systems are already fully mapped
  • Revamped look of the bonus popup when selling data
  • A credit bonus will be awarded for players that get either 100% first discovered or 100% first mapped in a system
  • Added new things to find!
  • Orrery view added – players can access the schematic orrery view of systems from the system map

Codex

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  • Codex added to the ship’s internal (right hand) panel. The Codex contains:
  • Commander Stats
    • Logs important player statistics
    • Session Log records important game events for players review
    • Archive holds all text and audio logs taken from the numerous narratives from across the galaxy
    • Audio logs can be added to the improved Playlist feature
  • Discoveries
    • Contains either rumoured, reported or discovered entries from across the 42 different galactic regions
    • Discoveries are broken down in to 3 categories (Stellar Bodies, Biological and Geological, and Civilisations)
  • Knowledge base
    • Various articles from the rich history and lore of the Elite universe, from the history of the Super Powers, to important characters and corporations
    • Each article is narrated and can be added to the improved Playlist feature

Background Simulation

  • Factions can now be in multiple states within each system that they are present
  • Economic and Security status added
  • War, Civil War and Election states are now a 7 day conflict, where players engage in activities (such as winning conflict zones in War and Civil War states) and attempt to beat their opponents
  • Added a new ‘Happiness’ level for each faction, that is a combination of various states and influence. Happiness also plays into the Expansion state
  • Civil Liberty state added (part of the Security Status)
  • Added more information to the status tab in the right hand cockpit panel to help players manage/support factions

Megaships and Installations

  • Added new mega-ships and installations
  • Applicable mega-ships will move location, on a weekly tick

Scenarios

  • Added new scenarios with voice over direction and feedback, and on screen choices and objectives
  • Scenarios come in the form of USSs, Mega-ship, Installations and Conflict Zones
  • Conflict zones are now round based; players battle to win a round which then feeds into the war state
    • Side objectives can appear, and if the player completes them, they are awarded a points boost
    • Once a round has finished, a new one will begin after a short pause
  • Combat specific ambient chatter added.
  • Ambient chatter now is now in place throughout the entire game and not just around stations.
  • 3000 + lines of NPC dialogue added to support scenario driven gameplay.

Lighting

  • Added new lighting model, using dynamic exposure
  • Colour grading applied to various situations in the game, improving the look and feel of the game world
  • Added a new ‘Night Vision’ mode to Ships, Fighters and SRVs, to allow players to navigate dark sides of planets, rings and other areas of the game

Cockpit UI

  • External Ship panel (left hand side)
  • Combined ‘clear filters’ option with the ‘set filters’ option on the Navigation panel
  • Added filters to the Transaction tab
  • Added context sensitive, quick action button to contacts (such as ‘Request Docking’ when targeting a port)
  • Combined sub-targets and inventory into a new ‘Target’ tab, with filters
  • Comms Panel (top left)
    • Reordered the tabs
    • Added support for combining channels in to one main chat channel, or set them as separate tabs
    • Options added to give the player the ability to combine chat channels in to a tab, or split them out
    • Added the ability to select any Commander in a chat channel to interact with them (incl. invite to wing, invite to crew, voice comms, invite to squadron, block, report, direct comms, and view gamercard where applicable)
    • Added a binding to select a different chat channel in the input field
    • Combined invitations and multi-crew tabs together in to a ‘Social’ tab which includes:
      • Multicrew (find crew, join a ship)
      • Friends invites
      • Wing invites
      • Online friends
  • Squadron feed tab added
  • Internal Panel (right hand side)
    • Added a new ‘Home’ tab that replaces the previous status tab
    • Includes new buttons to launch various features (holo-me, squadrons, codex, powers, Galnet etc)
    • Also include better Playlist feedback
    • Replaced fire groups “1, 2, 3…” with “A, B, C…” to avoid confusion between group and fire button
    • Added new contextual ‘Ship’ tab that replaces the ‘Functions’ tab and includes sections for ‘Ship Preferences’, ‘Pilot Preferences’ and ‘Ship Stats
    • Inventory tab now has icon filters instead of text filters, increasing usable screen space
    • Improved refinery layout that includes the ships cargo capacity
    • Updated ‘Status’ tab to now include local faction information, Super Power and Powerplay status, a Session Log digest, info on Finances and acquired Permits all in a more legible way
    • New Playlist feature that replaces the GalNet player, allowing players to queue and manage several types of media (GalNet news articles, codex articles, inbox audio logs etc.)

Text Chat Channels

  • New star system wide text chat now available
  • Profanity filter added, with a toggle to turn it off

Friends and Group Management

  • Improved layout and pagination to display large numbers of friends or groups
  • Display last online activity
  • Improved Search functionality : search results are now players only, allowing you to add to friends or to join private group
  • Improved popup to interact with friends / Commanders / private groups
  • Improved visibility of friends statuses (online + mode / offline / blocked)

Localised COVAS

  • Added 5 free localised COVAS packs:
    • Luciana : Spainish
    • Maksim: Russian
    • Vitoria: Brazillian Portuguese
    • Gerhard: German
    • Amelie: French

Squadrons

  • Players can now create a Squadron (for a credit fee), or browse existing ones to join from the right hand cockpit panel
  • Play style tags can be used when creating a Squadron, and as a filter when browsing existing ones
  • Squadrons can be aligned to a Superpower, Power and a Faction
  • Squadron allegiance page allows in depth data on chosen Faction
  • Squadrons can take part in the various leader boards, and compete for the top spot
  • Squadron feed tab in the Comms panel lists certain events, as well as Public and Internal posts
  • Squadron management tools (applicable to certain ranks):
    • Invite Commanders to join
    • Kick lower ranked members
    • Promote/demote lower ranked members
    • Change lower ranked privileges
    • Create posts
    • Accept applications
    • Set if the Squadron is accepting new members
    • Join in the Leader text chat channel

Mining

  • 3 new mining processes added (in addition to the standard mining laser process)
    • Surface Deposits – material deposits that can be found on the surface of asteroids
    • Sub-surface Deposits – material deposits that can be found below the surface of an asteroid
    • Fissures – setting the correct ‘Seismic charge’ into fissures will split the asteroid apart, allowing the deep core materials to be mined
    • Added new high value materials
  • 4 new mining tools added to outfitting
    • Pulse wave Analyser – a scanner used to pinpoint asteroids that support the new extraction processes
    • Abrasion Blaster – used to break off surface material deposits from asteroids
    • Sub-surface Displacement Missile – Allows recovery of sub-surface material deposits from asteroids
    • Seismic Charge Launcher – Allows recovery of deep core materials by splitting the asteroid apart

New Ships

Krait Phantom (Faulcon DeLacy)

With a spacious cargo hold and a relatively generous quantity of hard points, the Krait Phantom is a versatile ship suited to a range of roles. It has enough firepower to hold its own against larger targets, and enough straight-line speed to outpace smaller targets. The ship also offers eight internal compartments, allowing the pilot to tailor the ship to their requirements. And while it lacks the firepower and fighter bay of its sister ship, the Krait Mk II, it is both faster and lighter.

  • 2 large and 2 medium hardpoints
  • 8 Internal optional slots
  • Top speed of 256m/s and a boost speed of 358m/s
  • 23LY laden FSD range

Mamba (Zorgon Peterson)

Based on an unreleased racing prototype, the Mamba is one of the fastest ships in production. It can also deliver a lot of punishment, boasting one huge and two large hard points. This emphasis on firepower and speed means the ship can hit hard and fast, vanishing before the target has a chance to react. Comparisons to the Fer-de-Lance, also produced by Zorgon Peterson, will be inevitable, but the Mamba is in fact faster in a straight line, while being slightly less manoeuvrable.

  • 1 huge, 2 large and 2 small hard points
  • 5 internal optional slots
  • Top speed of 316m/s and a boost speed of 387m/s
  • 37LY laden FSD range

Quality of Life

  • Display a notification icon to indicate new bindings are available to the player
  • Starport contacts now displayed as a grid, rather than a flat list
  • Added icon to info panel to show players if their ship or SRV lights are on
  • Audio Options screen:
    • Added “Wavescanner Autoducking” option. Disable this to hear the SRV wavescanner more clearly at high speeds
    • Audio Options screen is reorganised for more clarity and ease of use
    • Restore defaults button added
    • The default position on the Audio volume sliders is now indicated.
    • The child volume sliders can now be boosted above the default value.
    • Important note: your volume sliders will be reset to default position when you first run 3.3.

Bug fixes and Improvements

This update includes well over 2000 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.

Adder

  • Fixed clipping issues when deploying weapons

Alliance Challenger

  • Fixed misplaced caustic damage decals
  • Fixed missing engine trails
  • Fixed Ship ID cameras being swapped

Alliance Chieftain 

  • Fixed very quiet multi-cannons

Anaconda

  • Fixed size 3 hardpoint doors getting in the way of the size4 hardpoint
  • Corrected mirrored text on external panel

Asp Scout

  • Added correct material to the reverse thrusters

Diamondback Explorer

  • Fixed LOD issues with hardpoint covers
  • Fixed gap in cockpit

Eagle

  • Fixed paintwork showing wear even when at 100%

F63 Condor

  • Corrected mirrored external decals

Federal Dropship

  • Fixed thermal vent placement

Federal Gunship

  • Fixed engine flaps animating incorrectly

Guardian Fighters

  • Fixed Small Guardian Gauss Cannon clipping through hardpoint when deployed
  • Corrected the left and right cockpit panel positions

Imperial Clipper

  • Fixed floating cockpit geometry

Imperial Cutter

  • Fixed some mirrored text on external panels

Imperial Eagle

  • Fixed incorrect shadow being used
  • Fixed gaps in cockpit when using EDTracker or VR

Imperial Fighter

  • Fixed clipping when docking with mothership

Krait Mk.II

  • Fixed Z-fighting in cockpit
  • Landing gear now lines up with ship door
  • Fixed the engine boost SFX sounding like ‘Hello’
  • Decreased brightness of the red proximity warning lights
  • Fixed overly ‘scratched’ cockpit glass
  • Corrected the order of its bobble head slots

Type-10

  • Fixed cockpit seat being incorrectly placed
  • Fixed various model issues
  • Fixed winglets not animating correctly

Type-6

  • Fixed gap in between ship body and thrusters

Type-7

  • Fixed hole in the side of the ship
  • Can now put a Size 2 passenger cabin in the size 2 slot

Type-9

  • Fixed the schematic having incorrect drives
  • Fixed engine VFX being too far behind the actual thruster

Viper Mk.III

  • Fixed paintwork showing wear even when at 100%

AI

  • Fixed situations where security ships and Thargoids could incorrectly start attacking each other
  • Fixed NPC ships charging FSD with weapons still active
  • Ensure the ‘Terrorist’ archetype always comes with a bounty
  • Fixed authority ships occasionally firing Plasma rounds when scanning ships
  • Fixed NPC having no FSD cooldown after being interdicted
  • Destroying an NPC power plant now takes the ship down to 40% power (inline with player ship behaviour)
  • NPC ships should use the reboot/repair option when drives are at 0%

Avatar Animations

  • Correctly invert the joystick animations if the controls are inverted

Cockpit UI

  • Correctly display if a targeted ship is in a wing or multcrew
  • When firing weapons while looking at the module panel, the ammo count will now properly update
  • Widened the target panel to fit in longer ship names
  • Ensure ammo count is correct on the module tab after reloading weapons
  • Ensure Commander names are always displayed in the comms panel
  • Ensure module priority is retained after ship destruction
  • Comms panel will no longer expand without focusing on it, if players leave the ships Multicrew session
  • Fixed the navigation panel not displaying the correct destination system when in hyperspace in some cases
  • Ensure completed and finished community goals are cleared from the transaction tab
  • Make chat messages time display the same time as the galaxy time when using a machine in a different time zone
  • Fixed an issue that caused inbox messages to show incorrect, and sometimes invalid, times and dates. PS4 only
  • Fixed some inbox messages not clearing the notification icon once read
  • Fixed overlapping text between inbox message subject and date
  • Fixed cases where the fuel bar incorrectly indicates that the player has enough fuel to make a jump that it actually can’t

Commodities Market

  • Fixed UI spacing issues with the commodities screen

Controllers/Inputs

  • Fixed the Thrust Master HOTAS S4 not appearing in the control screen
    Ensure default mappings appear for the Thrustmaster HOTAS4

Console Achievements 

  • Added 3 new Trophies on PlayStation 4
  • Added 10 new Achievements on Xbox One

CQC

  • Fixed a potential server disconnect when using beam lasers in CQC
  • Fixed CQC structures disappearing when authority machine leaves the match

Crashes/Stability/Performance

  • Fixed a hang that could occur whilst fighting a Thargoid Interceptor
  • Fixed crash that could occur when a fighter is docking
  • Fixed crash that could occur on PS4 when in Multicrew
  • Fixed crash that could occur whilst docking at “Chelomey Orbital” in Cubeo
  • Fixed crash that could occur with Powerplay data
  • Fixed crash that could occur when selecting the galaxy map from the transactions tab
  • Fixed crash that could occur when exiting multicrew
  • Fixed crash that could occur whilst reading an inbox message during a hyperspace jump
  • Fixed crash that could occur whilst deploying a fighter when in a multicrew session
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when handing in a mission
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when dropping out of Supercruise at a port
  • Fixed frame rate issues after driving on a planet surface for an amount of time
  • Fixed crash that could occur during ship reboot/repair
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting the Galaxy Map
  • Fixed a softlock that could occur whilst loading in to the game
  • Fixed crash that could occur when opening the system map
  • Fixed crash that could when dropping into planetary rings
  • Fixed crash that occur when loading in to the game
  • Fixed crash that could occur when switching screen resolutions
  • Fixed crash that could occur when plugging in a controller
  • Fixed a crash that could occur as a player joins a Multicrew ship that is near a volcanic POI
  • Fixed crashed that could occur when fighting a Hydra
  • Fixed crash that could occur when switching between a mothership and fighter
  • Fixed crash that could occur if multiple Commanders playing on either PS4 or Xbox One were on a planet surface in their SRVs

Crime and Punishment

  • Ensure a Powerplay bounty does not cause a premium for transporting the ship it was incurred on

Engineering

  • Corrected some inconsistencies in Engineer descriptions
  • Added a line to explain that pinned blueprints may differ if applied to a different module
  • Ensure there is room to display the modified icon even with long module names
  • Balance pass on the High Yield Shells engineering special
  • Reduced the grade thresholds of the Colonia engineers

Fighter Crew

  • Fixed instance where fighter crew in control of the mothership were trying to use FSD when the ship was nav locked to another ship, causing ship to become unresponsive to player input
  • Fixed typo in crew lounge
  • Fixed fighter crew sometimes struggling to dock a fighter with its mothership

Galaxy Map

  • Fixed systems controlled by Pilots Federation not appearing under the civilisation filter
  • Selected filter settings remain selected when changing map configurations

General

  • Packhound missiles no longer clip through planet landscapes
  • Fixed odd VFX artifacts on ships drives when at low throttle
  • Ensure player set PIPS are retained when the ship is dismissed and recalled
  • Tweaked the position of the interdiction UI element in the three Alliance ships
  • Search and Rescue +/- buttons now increase/decrease if held down
  • Fixed incorrect ship schematics displaying inside some ships cockpits
  • Unified the GalNet logos to be the one with 7 points in all screens
  • Fixed unreachable listening post In the “HIP 16753” system
  • Fixed missing text in the Rhenium material description
  • Fixed incorrect details title for Chemical processors material description
  • Added missing “Independent” icon where applicable

Generation Ships

  • Removed the unnecessary warnings when firing weapons near a Generation Ship

Guardian Beacons

  • Corrected some text errors
  • Fix for VFX disappearing when scanned
  • Fixed LOD issues on beacon
  • Fixed pylons animating before fully powered
  • Fixed over sized physics
  • Fixed pylon light clipping through ships
  • Fixed ships being able to clip through the ‘orb’

Guardian Sites

  • Fixed floating geometry
  • Corrected some obelisk symbols to match what the object actually requires
  • Tweaked Guardian material drop rate, in an effort to make it more balanced across the different rarities

Installations

  • Added a new space bar, “The Orange Sidewinder”

Listening Posts

  • Fixed typos in Alpha Centauri B 1 listening post

Livery Items

  • Fixed LOD issue with onion head decal

Localisation/Text

  • Fixed truncated Search and Rescue Agent text in Russian
  • Corrected typo in Synthetic Meat commodity description
  • Fixed typo in Carbon class star description

Materials

  • Fixed description errors with Delta, Epsilon and Gamma obelisk data
  • Fixed Piceous Cobble being hard to collect
  • Increased the drop rate of more common guardian materials
  • Fixed the crystalline cluster model
  • Fixed Strange Wake Solutions description typo
  • Reduce the chance the of mineral deposits spawning inside surface rocks

Megaships

  • Ensure that rescue ships offer the limpet restock service
  • Ensure players don’t get stuck in the Alcatraz Class Prison in HIP 17962 system, when dropping out at it’s location

Missions

  • Increased wing delivery mission payouts
  • Fixed Federal rank not increasing when successfully completing applicable mission
  • Fix for valid massacre targets not counting towards mission progress
  • Fixed USS not spawning for ‘Wet Work’ missions
  • Corrected some Massacre missions that had inconsistent rewards for number of targets
  • Stop missions requesting cargo that it views as illegal (Federal mission asking for imperial slaves, for example)
  • Balance pass on Super Power reputation gain
  • Added destination faction to passenger VIP missions
  • Updated mission wording to reflect that ports in lock down do not have access to their commodities market
  • Stop planetary scan missions sending players to scan mission giving faction
  • Allow kills outside target system to count in assassination missions (fixes ships appearing to not be mission targets when they leave the target system)
  • Ensure follow on missions spawn at the players current reputation level
  • Added extra info to time bonus mission objectives
  • Altered Massacre faction selection to prevent the target faction generator from picking the same target that is giving the mission.
  • Delivery and Smuggle missions now warn players about being cargo laden and reduced jump range
  • Reduce chance planetary Scan chooses POI owned by mission giver
  • Added missing hand in faction information to delivery missions
  • Fixed race mission wrinkles appearing with very little time to complete them

Multicrew

  • Fixed the saved plotted route being cleared when entering multicrew
  • Fixed geyser particle effects not appearing for a multicrew crew member

Network

  • Fixed situations where NPC ships could disappear from Supercruise when a player drops out of SC
  • Fixed Planet SYNUEFE VM-D C15-10 2 A causing players to get stuck in log in loop
  • Fixed possible disconnect when trying to escape a Thargoid

Outfitting

  • Fixed softlock that could occur when attempting to purchase or retrieve 5D Guardian Module Reinforcement
  • Fixed missing “?” in livery section
  • Fix for point defense module not restocking correctly
  • Timers for modules in transit should now reflect time remaining more accurately
  • Ensure modules are listed under correct categories in stored modules tab
  • Players can only fit one FSD interdictor, as there is no benefit to fitting more and causes confusion
  • Fixed outfitting stats becoming out of sync and applying incorrect values (a distance value for damage type, for example)
  • Ensure all applicable multicrew enabled weapons/modules are clearly marked in outfitting
  • Fixed dark lighting and outfitting cameras for the SRV
  • Fixed livery filters not working
  • Fixed incorrect schematic used for 8A thrusters
  • Added 1 more ship and 2 more utility stock slots to all markets

Passenger Missions

  • Added the faction to deliver to in transaction panel
  • Ensure VIP passenger missions display their expiration time on the transaction tab
  • Fix some passenger missions incorrectly reducing the timer by ~20mins when accepting them
  • Ensure passengers that claim to be unfazed by hull damage, are actually unfazed

Player Factions

  • Add faction descriptions

Player Journal

  • Multiple faction activestates – in Location and FSDJump events
  • The first “Cargo” event written to the journal contains full inventory
  • Added “AsteroidCracked” event
  • Added “SAAScanComplete” (Surface Area Analysis) event
  • Added “CodexDiscovery” event
  • Added “FSSDiscoveryScan” and “FSSSignalScan” events
  • Added several events for Squadrons
  • Simplify the “Category” in MaterialTrade
  • Clarify meaning of bit 14 in status file: was called “under ship” but actually indicates when turret is retracted
  • ApproachSettlement now includes Latitude and Longitude
  • Note Bounty event is different for Skimmer bounty
  • Update description of StoredShips event with InTransit flag
  • Add ActiveFine info to Docked event
  • EngineerProgress event at startup with summary for all engineers currently known
  • Note a new ShipTargetted event is generated after using KillWarrantScanner, with updated bounty for target
  • Note the MissionRedirected mission name now has any trailing “_name” removed
  • Added MyReputation in faction list in FsdJump and Location events
  • Added “FSDTarget” event when selecting a starsystem to jump to
  • Added MissionID to cargo to indicate if it is mission-related: in Cargo, CollectCargo, EjectCargo events
  • In ship loadout, indicate if it is ‘hot’
  • Cargo summary is now written to a separate file, and updated when data changes
  • Add “HullHealth” stat in the “Loadout” event
  • MissionCompleted now indicates correct destination after redirection

Player Stats

  • Ensure ‘Time Played’ updates correctly

Ports

  • Added missing habitation ring to “Greeboski’s Outpost”
  • Ensured all new adverts are being displayed correctly
  • Fixed docking computer causing hull damage in a ship with no shields, when docking at surface ports
  • Fixed situation where loading into the game whilst docked on a pad can cause shields to go offline

Powerplay

  • Fixed broken ‘Exploitation impact’ column on Edmund Mahon’s screen
  • Corrected Aisling expansion instructions

Rendering

  • Fixed low quality shadows appearing when entering Orbital Cruise on PS4
  • Corrected the rendering order of nebula
  • Fix for the FSD charge up visual becoming mis-aligned after using vanity camera
  • Fixed galaxy background vanishing after a Thargoid hyperdiction
  • Fixed missing particles in some hi-res screenshots

Ship Launched Fighters

  • Fixed inability to deploy fighter weapons if the motherships weapons weren’t deployed before switching

Skimmers

  • Ensure scanned skimmers return appropriate details on the target panel

SRV

  • Fixed the targeting reticule displaying when the weapon is deactivated

Stellar Forge

  • Renamed “Pleiades Sector Ir-W D1-55” to “Delphi”
  • Fixed connection issues around “COL 285 SECTOR CV-Y D41 7 E”
  • Fixed typo in the LHS 3006 system description
  • Moved 2 moons in Kyloasly DA-A f69 slightly apart so that they no longer intersect
  • Fixed “Lucifers” orbital period
  • Fixed the star in the system “HD 168352” having a too small radius
  • Ensure I Bootis B and C are a contact binary again
  • Renamed some duplicate systems
  • Persistent POIs now consistent for different graphics card vendors
  • Corrected Sednas position on it’s orbit
  • Corrected the positions of the three ports around Earth
  • Fixed Moon GD 319 1 A intersecting ring of planet GD 319
  • Fixed some Class V gas giants being overly bright pink

Synthesis

  • Required grade 5 materials now display their correct grade icon (and not grade 4)

System Map

  • Corrected overly bright/shiny planets
  • Ensure players can set navigation targets from the system map

Thargoids

  • Thargoid Interceptors can now still engage players, even if they are close to them
  • Interceptors now launch Thargon kamikaze attacks if they detect a port
  • Corrected some lore inconsistencies found in megaship logs to do with the Thargoid Link

Vanity Camera

  • Fixed inverted joystick animations when using the vanity camera

Vanity Items

  • Improved some of the visual artifacts on the Corvette Razor pack
  • Increased space between the text and icon on the Trader Name Plate
  • Ensure all engine colours are correct when customised engine trail colours are turned off
  • Ship names can now have blank spaces at the beginning and end
  • Fixed clipping on Vulture ship kit

VR

  • Fixed Neutron star cones only appearing in the left eye of the HMD
  • Capped the frame rate whilst on the main menu to 90fps, to stop HMD’s overheating

Weapons/Modules

  • Ensure the ‘Restock All’ option actually restocks the 1F Guardian Shard Cannon (Turret)
  • Corrected inconsistency in AX outfitting descriptions
  • Fixed Guardian Shard Cannon clipping through Type 7
  • Fixed missing VFX on small Guardian Shard Cannon
  • Fixed LOD issue with small Guardian Shard Cannon
  • Fix LOD issue on Guardian Plasma Charger
  • Fixed Guardian Shield Reinforcement Packages preventing shields restoring after reboot/repair
  • Reduce the brightness of the enforcer cannon when it has a white weapon colouring applied to it
  • Fixed module reinforcement packages being disabled under certain circumstances
  • Corrected the cargo hatch closing when deploying a limpet and causing ship speed to change
  • Corrected the retract animation on the Guardian Plasma Charger
  • Limpets will now collect cargo that has been forcibly ejected from the players ship
  • Corrected the Advanced Plasma Accelerator recoil animation
  • Corrected typo in Remote Release Flechette Launcher
  • Fixed SFX for the Kill Warrant Scanner sometimes going missing when switching between ship and fighter
  • Fixed turrets firing at ships which are at 0% hull

Wing Missions

  • Fixed case where mission progress wasn’t shared between players in Multicrew
  • Fixed trade wing missions not sharing Trade rank progression with wing

Wings

  • Ensure the ‘target my wing mans target’ key works in all applicable situations
  • Fix for dropping out at a wake that is close to a planet, which should mean you drop out much closer to your intended target
  • Ensure ‘Time Played’ updates correctly

Ports

  • Added missing habitation ring to “Greeboski’s Outpost”
  • Ensured all new adverts are being displayed correctly
  • Fixed docking computer causing hull damage in a ship with no shields, when docking at surface ports
  • Fixed situation where loading into the game whilst docked on a pad can cause shields to go offline

Powerplay

  • Fixed broken ‘Exploitation impact’ column on Edmund Mahon’s screen
  • Corrected Aisling expansion instructions

Rendering

  • Fixed low quality shadows appearing when entering Orbital Cruise on PS4
  • Corrected the rendering order of nebula
  • Fix for the FSD charge up visual becoming mis-aligned after using vanity camera
  • Fixed galaxy background vanishing after a Thargoid hyperdiction
  • Fixed missing particles in some hi-res screenshots

Ship Launched Fighters

  • Fixed inability to deploy fighter weapons if the motherships weapons weren’t deployed before switching

Skimmers

  • Ensure scanned skimmers return appropriate details on the target panel

SRV

  • Fixed the targeting reticule displaying when the weapon is deactivated

Stellar Forge

  • Renamed “Pleiades Sector Ir-W D1-55” to “Delphi”
  • Fixed connection issues around “COL 285 SECTOR CV-Y D41 7 E”
  • Fixed typo in the LHS 3006 system description
  • Moved 2 moons in Kyloasly DA-A f69 slightly apart so that they no longer intersect
  • Fixed “Lucifers” orbital period
  • Fixed the star in the system “HD 168352” having a too small radius
  • Ensure I Bootis B and C are a contact binary again
  • Renamed some duplicate systems
  • Persistent POIs now consistent for different graphics card vendors
  • Corrected Sednas position on it’s orbit
  • Corrected the positions of the three ports around Earth
  • Fixed Moon GD 319 1 A intersecting ring of planet GD 319
  • Fixed some Class V gas giants being overly bright pink

Synthesis

  • Required grade 5 materials now display their correct grade icon (and not grade 4)

System Map

  • Corrected overly bright/shiny planets
  • Ensure players can set navigation targets from the system map

Thargoids

  • Thargoid Interceptors can now still engage players, even if they are close to them
  • Interceptors now launch Thargon kamikaze attacks if they detect a port
  • Corrected some lore inconsistencies found in megaship logs to do with the Thargoid Link

Vanity Camera

  • Fixed inverted joystick animations when using the vanity camera

Vanity Items

  • Improved some of the visual artifacts on the Corvette Razor pack
  • Increased space between the text and icon on the Trader Name Plate
  • Ensure all engine colours are correct when customised engine trail colours are turned off
  • Ship names can now have blank spaces at the beginning and end
  • Fixed clipping on Vulture ship kit

VR

  • Fixed Neutron star cones only appearing in the left eye of the HMD
  • Capped the frame rate whilst on the main menu to 90fps, to stop HMD’s overheating

Weapons/Modules

  • Ensure the ‘Restock All’ option actually restocks the 1F Guardian Shard Cannon (Turret)
  • Corrected inconsistency in AX outfitting descriptions
  • Fixed Guardian Shard Cannon clipping through Type 7
  • Fixed missing VFX on small Guardian Shard Cannon
  • Fixed LOD issue with small Guardian Shard Cannon
  • Fix LOD issue on Guardian Plasma Charger
  • Fixed Guardian Shield Reinforcement Packages preventing shields restoring after reboot/repair
  • Reduce the brightness of the enforcer cannon when it has a white weapon colouring applied to it
  • Fixed module reinforcement packages being disabled under certain circumstances
  • Corrected the cargo hatch closing when deploying a limpet and causing ship speed to change
  • Corrected the retract animation on the Guardian Plasma Charger
  • Limpets will now collect cargo that has been forcibly ejected from the players ship
  • Corrected the Advanced Plasma Accelerator recoil animation
  • Corrected typo in Remote Release Flechette Launcher
  • Fixed SFX for the Kill Warrant Scanner sometimes going missing when switching between ship and fighter
  • Fixed turrets firing at ships which are at 0% hull

Wing Missions

  • Fixed case where mission progress wasn’t shared between players in Multicrew
  • Fixed trade wing missions not sharing Trade rank progression with wing

Wings

  • Ensure the ‘target my wing mans target’ key works in all applicable situations
  • Fix for dropping out at a wake that is close to a planet, which should mean you drop out much closer to your intended target

Patch Notes: 3.3 | 3.3.01 | 3.3.02 | 3.2.03 | 3.3.04 | 3.3.05 | 3.3.05 (Consoles) | BGS Update



> April Update: 2019

> Released: 23rd April 2019

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

Patch Notes: April Update| April Update: Patch 1 | April Update: Patch 2


> September Update: 2019

> Released: 18th September 2019

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

Patch Notes: September Update | September Update: Patch 1 | September Update: Patch 2 |September Update: Patch 3 |