At 10:10am on the 19th March 2018 Frontier announced the release of the 3.0.3 patch for the Beyond series. The original post can be seen here with the patch notes, or you can see them below or at the bottom of the Elite: Dangerous – Current Features section of this blog. Note: This patch sees the return of mining missions back into the game (it’s not expressly stated in the patch notes. The patch notes here also show a couple of changes mentioned by Sandro Sammarco, here. The original patch notes may or may not be amended to reflect this.
“We are taking the galaxy servers down now for the 3.0.3 update which will bring improvements and correct various issues on all platforms. We do not have an estimated time when the servers will be back online but we’ll communicate here and on our social media channels when they are. See the changelog below.
“Not only are we bringing numerous fixes to bugs and crashes, but also an improvement to gameplay mechanics, as detailed below by lead designer, Sandro Sammarco.
“In regard to Power Bounties, this is a short-term solution to allow us to continue to work on further fixes without hindering the PowerPlay experience. We’ll have more information for you as soon as possible.
“Once again, thank you all for your continued positive and constructive feedback. Your bug reports and support allows us to continually improve Elite Dangerous.
“Outfitting of ‘Hot’ Ships
“We’re changing the crime system when it comes to ‘hot’ ships.
“The reason for this is that the system of cleaning ‘hot’ modules in storage was creating an unfair punishment, where commanders were removing modules from ‘hot’ ships that only had small bounties on them and then discovered that the cost for cleaning ‘hot’ modules was dramatically more expensive!
“From 3.0.3 you will no longer be able to access outfitting at any port whilst in a ‘hot’ ship, thus you will not be able to make any load-out changes. You’re required to first clean the ship by paying off fines and bounties issued against it. Outfitting services will then be restored.
“It’s worth noting that we will automatically clean ‘hot’ modules in storage when we deploy this update.
“We feel this change simplifies the rules even more and prevents players from paying unnecessary amounts of credits.
“Power bounties are supposed to be an incentive for consensual PvP during PowerPlay activities. They are meant to provide credits to players claiming them, whilst not punishing players they are issued against (such as no anonymous access protocols, no detention centre respawning and no increased transfer costs). They’re also meant to last until claimed or you leave the power. Basically, when you get one, it’s just some extra money stuck on your head that opposing power players can claim when they kill you.
“Unfortunately, Power Bounties seem to be triggering some of the punishments that normal bounties do, and are not always being removed when you leave a Power. As an interim fix, we are allowing Interstellar Factors to clear Power Bounties, while we investigate the issues.
“We’re also aware of an issue with the Top 5 Bounty Boards and are looking into it!
- Fixed glitching effect triggering incorrectly on COVAS
- Fixed an issue where interstellar bounty audio lines would play incorrectly on subsequent bounties
- Fix blackmarket availability from stations that changed ownership when their controlling faction retreated from their starsystem
Controls & Control Devices
- Fixed a bug that mapped the headlook motion control yaw axis to the pitch axis for DualShock4 on PS4
- Fixed some double-bound buttons for the T Flight HOTAS One and 4
- Fixed an issue where players were unable to pay off a fine they had received in their SRV after transferring back to their ship
- Fixed ATR response not resetting upon ship destruction
- The Kill Warrant Scanner grants a license to kill for any faction bounty linked to the current jurisdiction’s superpower
- Outfitting is now locked for players in Hot Ships, even in jurisdictions where they are not directly wanted. All currently stored modules will be cleaned
- A player’s own Power Bounties no longer cause their legal status to appear as ‘Wanted’ or increase their local bounty in their own cockpit
- Attacking Wanted ships (player or NPC) is now legal even if the player does not know they are Wanted
- Fixed an issue where Superpower bounties would be displayed with incorrect values
- Fixed an issue where players were not forced to pay certain fines/bounties when respawning at a Detention Centre
- All bounties detected with the Kill Warrant Scanner are claimed when the ship is destroyed
- Superpower bounties are issued once a ship has bounties in 5 or more factions affiliated with a superpower
- Destroyed ships will be recovered by the faction controlling the jurisdiction, or the faction controlling the port they were last docked at where possible
- Factions that recover destroyed ships will check for criminal debts and deport the player to the nearest detention centre to pay them
- NPCs have a chance to be affiliated with factions from nearby systems, and a smaller chance to be from further afield
- Wanted NPCs may have secondary bounties issued by factions from other systems
- KWS detects all faction bounties from all factions in all systems (not Power bounties or superpower bounties)
- KWS grants license to kill when superpower matches between current jurisdiction and faction bounty
- NPCs have bounties from current jurisdiction, other factions in system, factions in nearby systems and occasionally factions from great distances
- Adjusted the text layout in the Convert Modified Module UI to prevent it from being cut off
- Fixed an issue where the Guardian Power Plant could be Engineered
Galaxy Map/System Map
- Fixed the Galaxy Map filter configuration selection not persisting on subsequent re-openings of the Galaxy Map
- Fixed an issue where the System Map displayed unpopulated systems with a security level of Low instead of Anarchy
- Fixed Influence levels in the System Map not totalling 100
- Fixed some pilot helmets not matching the suit colour you are using
- Fixed some of the Guardian Sites having a different layout since the 3.0 update
- Fixed a pylon that could not be scanned at a Guardian Site
- Fixed an issue where some Guardian Codices only displayed when in a group
- Balance pass on wing delivery and collect missions
- Skimmers only spawn when you are in an SRV
- While in a ship, approaching Settlements where Skimmers are spawned will trigger the crime of trespass
- Fixed assassination missions showing players the target mission system prematurely
- Adjusted reputation reward numbers to balance Superpower progression speed
- Fixed some missions offering the requested cargo as a reward after handing it over
- Collect missions will no longer give out rewards which are wanted by collect missions from the same station
- Changes made to make Massacre Missions spawn more reliably
- Superpower Rank-up Missions have been moved to the Follow On Missions section to make them easier to find
- Fixed an issue where factions could send players on Spec Ops missions to their own systems
- Players can no longer delete Wing Mission Reward messages until the reward has been claimed
- Increased the payouts for bulk passenger Missions
- Smuggling and altruism missions will now correctly display the rewarded amount of influence and reputation
- Fixed an issue that could cause Ram Tah missions to expire too early
- Fixed a softlock that could occur when attempting to use the Multi-Crew tab in the Comms Panel after leaving a wing
- Fixed the TechnologyBroker event mixing up Commodities and Materials
- Server synchronised time is now used for Journal timestamps
- Fixed the Status.json flag for lights when in the SRV
- All economy types are now listed in cases where a station has several
- More information is included about Wing Cargo Delivery missions
- Fixed the ‘fuel scooping’ flag in status.json
- Fixed the ‘low fuel’ flag in status.json when in an SRV
- PowerPlay bounties can be paid off at Interstellar Factors
Ships & SRV
General Ship Fixes and Improvements
- Fixed an issue whereby you could not retract your ship’s landing gear after dying in an SRV
- Fixed an issue where players were sometimes unable to rebuy their ship after disconnecting when dying
- Improved the field of fire on a Large Turreted Weapons when equipped to the Large Hardpoint
- Fixed Chieftain cockpit hit region being oversized
- Fixed an issue whereby re-logging when driving an SRV could lead to issues boarding your ship
- Fixed a symmetry issue with the Pulse Paintjob
- Fixed a UI crash in the missions screen that could occur when using various filters
- Fixed a crash that could occur when transitioning between locations
- Fixed a crash that could occur during a Multi-Crew session if the player’s ship is destroyed
- Fixed a crash that could occur in systems with no factions
- Updated the Interstellar Factors’ name in the System Map to preserve consistency
- Re-instated the decimal place on the stats page and the system map and changed the value format accordingly
- The Materials Ignore List automatically ignores any materials which the player does not have the capacity to collect
- Fixed mining fragments not displaying the material percentage when selected
- Fixed total earnings in commander stats when selling pages of exploration data
- Speculative fix was introduced for the Comms Panel issue
- Fixed Sidewinder hull panels rendering incorrectly when viewed from inside the cockpit
Weapons & Modules
- Added an extra decimal point to the display of power plant heat rate to allow small changes to be seen.