High End Materials

On the 30th January 2020 Frontier made a brief comment about changes to high end materials in the game following the previous update.


Greeting Commanders,

Since the launch of the January Update, we’ve received a lot of feedback about the changes made to the supply and demand volumes of specific high-end minerals. Today, we wanted to give you an update on some of the feedback you’ve been sharing with us.

Summary of the change:
In the January Update, we have rebalanced the mining of certain high-end commodities. to better represent a realistic supply and demand process based on the system’s economy. This means that a station’s purchasing price for minerals will reduce as the demand is met. With this change, we’ve also adjusted the supply and demand levels of different economies. For example, there will be a lower demand in Colony economies for high-end minerals, as those economies do not require as much, but in a Refinery economies, they will have a high demand for high-end minerals, as those economies require more. By implementing these changes we wanted to generate “gold-rush” opportunities, that dynamically respond to player interaction, increasing the viability of smaller mining vessels, and rewarding early participants who sell their minerals in high demand locations first.

Thanks to reports from the community, we’ve identified a number of issues in regards to mining and the supply and demand of minerals. The team are going to be investigating these issues, but please keep those reports coming in through the Issue Tracker.

  • The demand for Low Temperature Diamonds has remained high, , which is not in keepingwith the other high-end minerals.
    • From tomorrow, we will be aiming to correct this. Low Temperature Diamonds will now also be affected by the changes to supply and demand – as originally stated in the Patch Notes.
  • When identifying stations with supply and demand for high-end minerals such as Void Opals, Painite, and Low Temperature Diamonds, commanders need to have the specific mineral in their Cargo Hold in order to search for them on the Galaxy Map.
    • From tomorrow, commanders will be able to toggle these minerals in the Galaxy Map, without needing to have the commodities in their Cargo Hold.
  • When selling minerals at a station, the price that is offered is based on the amount currently in your Cargo Hold..
    • While this has always been the case, we’ve passed the feedback on to the team for consideration for a future improvement of the feature.

We believe that this change will allow for a much more realistic and dynamic system, where the economy responds to player input and provides a much more meaningful affect on galaxy. As always, we will continue to monitor your feedback and work together to develop our ever expanding galaxy.

January Update: Patch 2

At 1:50pm on the 20th January 2020 Frontier released details of the 2nd patch for the January release. Details below. The Patch notes page has been updated to reflect the changes.


Greetings Commanders,

We will be releasing the January Update – Patch 2 on 21 January at 12:00 PM (UTC) for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This patch includes the stutter issue fix that we introduced in January Update – Patch 1 on PC, for players on console.

Please find the Patch Notes below:

Known Issues

Thargoids

  • Thargoid Hearts can still sometimes become immune to damage. Thanks to logs provided by commanders, we have been able to add some more focused telemetry to identify causes of the issue. Please continue to contribute your netlog files via Issue Tracker should you encounter this bug.

Bug Fixes

Exploration

  • Fixed a stuttering issue caused by requesting data for all planets on arrival in a system (console only, this fix has been introduced in January Update – Patch 1 for PC).
  • Numbers are no longer being cut off from signal source names in the Navigation Panel.

Crashes & Stability

  • Fixed a crash which could occur when an Imperial Fighter is destroyed in CQC.

Thargoids

  • Fixed an issue that meant Thargoid Combat Bonds were not always being awarded.

Conflict Zones

  • Fixed an issue which could cause the Conflict Zone victory tracker to disappear.

If you encounter a bug or issue, please do report them straight to our Issue Tracker so that we can investigate!

January Update: Patch 1 (Plus Extra Patch)

Updated: 15th January 2020 @ 12:58pm

At 4:42pm on the 14th January Frontier announced a new patch would be released today at 12pm UTC to fix an issue with in-game stuttering. Then next week when the console patch is released, there will be a further patch to address “other high priority issues”. Details below or on the official site, here.

Update: The patch has been released via a client-side update. You can read about it here.


“Greetings Commanders,

“Thank you for your patience while we investigated some of the issues that have arisen during the January Update. We have determined the cause of the stuttering issue that players have experienced upon exiting hyperjump and we will shortly be releasing a patch to fix this. Please see below for when the fix will be released on your platform:

  • PC – Wednesday 15 January at 12:00 UTC
  • Xbox and PS4 – Next week (beginning Monday 20 January) – Exact date to be confirmed

“Alongside next week’s console patch, we will also be releasing a patch for all platforms that will address a number of other high priority issues. We will have more information about what fixes will be included in this patch early next week.

“If you have encountered a bug or error with the January Update, please do report this straight to our Issue Tracker so that we can continue to investigate!”

January Update: Patch Notes

On Thursday 9th January 2020 Frontier released the patch notes for the upcoming January release (14th January). This features mainly bug fixes, but also some interesting changes to the way the game handles networking and new states for the Background Simulation. The full patch notes can be seen below, on the official site here or via a link on this websites Patch Notes section.


“Greetings Commanders,

“Please find the Patch Notes for the January Update which launches on the 14 January. The Elite Dangerous servers will be offline for all platforms on 14 January at 09:30 AM (UTC) for approximately 3 hours as we apply the January Update. This time may run over, so we would appreciate your patience as we are implementing these changes.

“We wanted to thank you all once again for your feedback during the January Update Beta, as well as your ongoing support for Elite Dangerous. We will continue to use this process for the the future updates throughout this year, and if you would like a recap from our previous post about this year’s plans, you can read it here.

“As always, we’ll keep you updated across all of our channels.”

ARX

  • Balance improvements for the generation of ARX, particularly for exploration-related gameplay.

Audio

  • Fixed audio issues with the Generation Ship, ‘The Golconda’.
  • Audio logs obtained from the Golconda can now be played in the Codex.
  • Fixed missing audio and text for female crew members.
  • Fixed a bug where none of the Guardian articles in the Knowledge Base would play their associated audio.
  • Fixed a bug which meant that an audio effect on firing Pulse Lasers would loop indefinitely.
  • Fixed a looping audio issue with the Shutdown Field Neutraliser.

Crashes/Stability

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when attempting to enter the ‘Network Options’ screen.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when mining in Ice Rings.
  • Updated the way we check a player’s entitlements to fix an issue where the Horizons update is not being recognised as installed.
  • Fixed a crash which could occur when an Imperial Fighter is destroyed.
  • Fixed a softlock when entering Supercruise with “The Lucent Embrace” Megaship targeted, after launching from Forester’s Choice.

Background Simulation

  • Fixed the issue that meant some deliveries made to repair Thargoid-attacked stations were not being counted.
  • Added new Faction States:
    • Factions having trouble with water supplies can now sometimes suffer a Drought, causing an economic downturn. This can be countered by importing water and other emergency supplies.
    • Infrastructure Failure disrupts a faction’s operations and reduces both security and economic standards. The increased demands on infrastructure elsewhere in the star system may lead to similar failures for other factions. Food and machinery deliveries can speed up repairs.
    • Terrorism. Terrorists can target prosperous factions, resulting in a significant security and influence cost. This can be countered by legally selling weapons to the authorities and assisting with bounty hunting efforts, or by the faction entering a Lockdown state.
    • Natural Disasters have a significant economic and security cost for a faction. A natural disaster puts extra strain on the star system’s infrastructure, increasing the chance of drought or infrastructure failure for other factions in that system.
    • Public Holidays increase a Faction’s influence and standard of living for their duration, however that comes at small economic and security cost.
  • Fixed the icon for the Blight state.
  • Added newer Faction States to the Galaxy Map’s list of State filters: BlightNatural DisasterInfrastructure FailureDroughtTerrorist Attack, and Public Holiday.
  • Fixed an issue where the factions selected for ‘Installation Scenarios’ were the installation’s owner instead of the system controller.
  • Added names for a selection of systems in the Witch Head Sector.

Conflict Zones

  • Implemented a number of improvements to Conflict Zones which should improve stability.
    • Fixed a bug when entering a Conflict Zone, it appeared as empty.
    • Fixed issues caused when Capital Ships arrived.
  • Fixed an issue that caused allied Capital Ships to open fire at friendly ships.

Exploration

  • Implemented an alternative solution to help mitigate the long delay when scanning planets with geological sites.:
    • As it currently stands, in order for the geological/biological sites to be placed on the surface, the entire stellar body must be fully generated (we then know the topography and can place sites where they will be accessible), which can take tens of seconds.
    • As part of the January Update, we aim to address this with an alternative process. We have run tests on thousands of in-game planetary bodies and by using this data, we’re able to extrapolate the likelihood of geological/biologic sites being present on similar stellar bodies. We then use this data, and indicate if the planet is ‘Unlikely’, ‘Likely’, or ‘Very Likely’ to have a geological/biological sites.
    • It is not 100% guaranteed that there will be a geological/biological site on the planetary body, but does give commanders a much faster indication of probability. This will enable commanders to quickly ascertain if the planet’s worth a visit.
    • If the commander wants to have a definitive answer without travelling to the body they can still wait for the scan to complete in FSS. This data is also now shown in the body details on the system map.
    • Thargoid, Guardian or Human sites will show up instantaneously. These results have moved to the stellar body details shown on the right in the zoomed in FSS view.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the search function on the Galaxy Map from working correctly.
  • Fixed an issue with the Navigation Panel that incorrectly displayed if a planet had been mapped or not.
  • Instead of showing a notification for each individual asteroid belt cluster discovered, we now condense as many as we can into one message.
  • Fixed an issue where is was not sometimes possible to select asteroid ring hot-spots from the cockpit.

General

  • Added a ‘Help’ section to the main menu and pause menu with links to Issue Tracker and Customer Service sites (both will go through an external web browser).
  • Moved ‘EULA’ to the new Help section.
  • Expanded the faction alignment page in Squadron menu to display influence to 1 decimal point, to match how it is displayed in other areas of the game.
  • Fixed an issue that meant players couldn’t search for commander names that included an underscore character.
  • Fixed an issue that meant the ‘Data Point’ reset timer didn’t appear on the player’s screen that initiated the scan, but did appear on others’ who were in the same wing.
  • Updated the livery icon for ‘The Scourge’ decal to correctly match the decal that’s actually applied to the ship.
  • Fixed an issue occasionally causing some wing invites to not be sent to players in other instances.
  • Fixed an issue where some Navigation Panel entries could be blank.
  • Dropping out of Supercruise on a wingmate using nav-lock will no longer drop the player a significant distance away.

Localisation/Text

  • Fixed incorrect system description for ‘Alioth‘.
  • Fixed a small typo in the description of “HR 7221 Wheat“.
  • Fixed various typos in the Pilot’s Handbook.
  • Fixed various typos in some of the Challenge Scenarios.
  • Fixed a pluralisation issue when discovering clusters.
  • Updated text descriptions for high-end minerals to show correct economies with a demand.

Material Trader

  • Introduced a speculative fix for a softlock that could occur when completing trades at a Material Trader.

Mining

  • Fixed the issue that could lead to the detonation graph not appearing if deep core mining with a wing.
  • Fixed a disconnection (“Magenta Krait”) that could occur whilst mining.
  • Fixed a deep core mining issue in multicrew where different crew members would see different detonation levels in the HUD.
  • Fixed Subsurface Displacement Missiles in multicrew.
  • Fix for a bug which made Seismic Charges instantly detonate in multicrew/wings.

Missions

  • Updated misleading retreat mission text – it was suggesting that the mission was helping the withdrawal of the faction, when in fact it should aid the faction in staying within the system.
  • Fixed a softlock that could occur when browsing lists of missions.
  • Fixed an issue which caused cargo canisters to continually respawn in Planetary Salvage Missions.
  • Fixed an issue which meant that the mission target could be missing from Eliminate Enemy Captain missions.
  • Fixed a bug which meant that a ‘Disable the Megaship turrets’ mission would not show a time limit in the mission board.

New Player Experience

  • Fixed an issue that meant the player could get ‘stuck’ waiting for zero throttle (when the throttle input is just above zero) in the New Player Experience Tutorial.

Networking

  • Fixed issues with ship rubber banding.
  • Integrated Oodle network compression library to reduce network bandwidth.

Player Journal

  • Fixed missing/blank entries in journal when selling exploration data.

Powerplay

  • Fixed an issue where the mouse input didn’t work on the Power Contact screen.
  • Control systems’ ethos calculations now limit their search for controlling minor factions to star systems within 15 LY, that are exploited by the same power as the control system. Previously, the calculations considered all nearby star systems.
  • Fixed reallocating Exploit systems, and recalculating the income for a Control system when a revolt system within 15 LY loses control.
  • Recalculated many Exploit systems value that did not match their current population.
  • Recalculated many Control systems income that was not the sum of their Exploit systems, plus their own value.
  • Removed obsolete Confirm button from Power Contact screen (it was superseded by the consolidation mechanic a long time ago).
  • Fixed an issue which meant that some systems were not being locked when a system moved from ‘Preparing to Taking Control’.

Rendering

  • Fixed an issue that was causing visual artifacts when capturing high-res screenshots.
  • Fixed a visual issue rendering neutron star jet cones.

Ships

  • Increased the Dolphin’s heat dissipation rate and maximum heat capacity before it begins to take damage. Also increased the rate that it takes damage, to account for the ship now being harder to heat up.
  • Implemented a speculative fix for Collector Limpets damaging ships when retrieving mining fragments.
  • Added the ability to rescue any crew, that were on board the player’s ship when it was destroyed, from the insurance screen.
    • Rebuy cost in the right hand cockpit panel now includes cost to rescue crew.
    • Crew rebuy costs rebalanced based on Beta feedback.
  • Fixed directional decals being reversed.
  • Fixed the Holo-Me view being obstructed.

SRV

  • Fixed control input being lost after interacting with an inbox message.

Thargoid

  • Implemented speculative fixes that should reduce instance splitting when fighting Thargoid Interceptors.
  • Updated the Thargoid combat state to ensure it’s correctly replicated over the network to reduce the occurrence of the heart cycles resetting.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Thargoid Combat bonds to not be correctly given out to all applicable players in a wing.
  • Fixed an issue with Thargoid Hearts becoming immune to damage when in a wing.

Trading

  • Fixed the issue that meant players couldn’t sell anything to a market if the buy list was empty.
  • Added supply and demand volumes for certain, high-end minerals. Now, trading goods such as Void Opals is more realistic; markets can still offer a high buy price, but they will offer less as the demand is met. As part of this change, these high-end minerals will now be demanded more by specific economy types. This change will affect the following commodities:
    • Alexandrite
    • Benitoite
    • Grandidierite
    • Low Temperature Diamond
    • Monazite
    • Musgravite
    • Painite
    • Rhodplumsite
    • Serendibite
    • Void Opal

January Update: Release Date

Frontier have confirmed that the January update would be released on Tuesday the 14th January as well as giving a little more information about what is coming after that. Note: Fleet Carriers is due between April & June 2020.


“As we enter 3306, we would like to tell you about the next update coming to Elite Dangerous!

“Thanks to all the commanders who joined in the beta back in November, we’re happy to announce that the January Update will be launching on the 14th January! As we mentioned back in October, the first half of this year’s updates will be focused almost exclusively on Fleet Carriers and fixing as many high priority bugs and issues as possible, ensuring that the game runs as smooth as a freshly-purchased Cobra MkIII. To be clear, this means that Interstellar Initiatives/Community Goals will be on hold while we focus on the subsequent series of updates and betas that will be coming over the following months.

“Much like the January Update, these updates will be accompanied by an open beta, allowing commanders to jump in and see the content before it’s released, as well as help us identify any major issues or bugs. We’ll be providing more details about all of these updates in the near future, so keep an eye on all of our usual channels.

“The team are hard at work on the next major milestone coming to Elite Dangerous at the latter end of this year and, as also mentioned in the previous post, we’ll be ready to start revealing more about this after the Fleet Carriers update. We know you’re keen to hear more, and we’re excited to be able to show you what’s to come!

January Update: Beta Ends

On the 3rd December Frontier announced the end of the Beta for the January update.


“We’d like to extend a big thank you to all of the commanders who jumped into the beta, shared their feedback and reported issues in the dedicated Issue Tracker section. All the information you’ve been able to provide will go towards aiding the development team in ensuring that, come the launch of the January Update, as many bugs and issues are addressed as possible.

“We’ll have more information on when you can expect the January Update in the near future, and please keep an eye on our social channels and forums for future announcements.”