Elite Dangerous: 2.4 and Beyond

At 6.32pm on the 24th May 2017 Frontier announced news on the future of the game for 2.3, 2.4 and the content to come beyond that. You can read the full post here or see the transcript below.

“Greetings Commanders,

“It’s a very exciting time to be part of the Elite Dangerous galaxy. On June 27 we will welcome even more Commanders to the galaxy with the PlayStation 4 launch. These new players will join the ranks of our already incredibly active, passionate and dedicated community.

“Since the launch of Elite Dangerous: The Commanders a number of weeks ago, we’ve received messages from members of the community eagerly awaiting details about the 2.4 update and the future of the game. I’m pleased to be able to share with you a little more detail on what’s to come in the short term and slightly longer term with Elite Dangerous.

2.3.10

“The first thing I’d like to share with you is that we will be adding another point update on June 27, this will be for all platforms and will include a number of bug fixes, and stability and networking improvements. This includes the much-requested Anaconda cockpit appearance change and will also introduce greater security for multi-crew hosts to be able to disable or limit crew members’ specific activity.

“One large element of this point update is a number of “under the hood” fixes which are designed to improve stability and performance, particularly on planet surfaces. This means that we will be looking to run a beta for 2.3.10. However, we do understand that with this being a point update with a number of less visible improvements, it won’t have as many new features to play test. Nonetheless, this testing is very important to make sure the game works as we would expect. Due to the wider and more global nature of this small point update, we will be making the beta open for all and we would welcome your support in joining and spending a few hours playing and helping to ensure the update is as good and stable as it can be.

“We’ll have more details on the beta, and exactly how it will work shortly.

2.4 – “????”

“Back at EGX in 2015 we showcased the headline features that would be coming to Horizons. However, there’s always been an extra little update, a mystery if you will, that has yet to be revealed.

“We’ll be providing a little more information about the update to the community and the press during E3 on June 13th and 14th. We’ll be hosting special community live-streams and activity so stay tuned for more news and updates as we get closer to the date.

“I can, however, tell you that this update will be slightly different to previous ones – content will be revealed over time rather than all being available on day one. Additional pieces of exciting content will surface over the coming months as the narrative progresses.

Beyond

“So with the Horizon season of expansions coming to a close, what is beyond 2.4 I hear you ask? Well, it certainly isn’t the end of this amazing journey… we’re only just getting started!

“Our awesome dev team are dedicated to continuing to build and improve the Elite Dangerous experience with an exciting long term vision in mind. We’re happy to be able to confirm that the next major updates following 2.4 will focus on core gameplay, existing features, quality of life and other improvements! We’re delighted to be investing a considerable amount of development and effort into making the core gameplay experience even better for our fantastic community or players.

“We’ll be sharing more news on that content and our roadmap at a very special event coming later in the year – more details on this event will be released in the weeks after E3.

“On behalf of the entire Elite Dangerous team, thank you for your continued support. We are very excited to embark on the next part of the journey together as we continue to make Elite Dangerous an even more fantastic game and experience for our incredible community of players.”

Elite Dangerous: PS4 News

Frontier have updated their FAQ on the release of Elite:Dangerous for the PS4. The most recent piece of information being that the game will be available on both electronic and physical disc formats. The game is still due for release on the 27th June 2017. You can see the full FAQ, here.

Frontier have confirmed that there will be a live pre-launch stream for the game as well as a release day one. You can see that information below or here.

“Hello! Just about to announce this in a live stream thread… but we’re doing a pre-PS4 launch live stream next week (on Thursday 22nd June) where we’ll be basically answering any leftover questions. There will be a forum post that runs down all that information too. We’ve got a couple of things to wrap up in terms of exactly how it will roll out, so we’re waiting for that… you should have everything you need to know on Thursday at 7PM BST!”

“We’ll be showing off the game, and all the features on the stream too. Lloyd Morgan-Moore will be joining me on the stream, he’s the producer who has been responsible for moving the game over to the PS4 (and he’s lovely and has a nice face).”

Elite: Dangerous – PS4 Release Date

Frontier have announced that the PS4 version of the game will go live on the 27th June 2017 from 12am (training missions only – full release later that day).

  • The announcement can be seen below or here.
  • There is a pre-release FAQ Live Stream, here.
  • There is also a post-launch FAQ on the Frontier website, here.
  • You can read the Frontier FAQ for the PS4 version, here.

“Some exciting news for PS4 owners today: our PlayStation 4 launch date has been confirmed for June 27, 2017.

“Both Elite Dangerous and the Horizons Season Pass will be available on the PlayStation store individually, or you can get them bundled together as the Commander Deluxe Edition – which comes with the Commander Paint Pack as well! Pre-orders will be available later today (very shortly) in Europe and on May 30 in the US; you’ll also receive the exclusive Gold Sidewinder paint job when you pre-order the game!

“In case you prefer a disc copy, you can get your hands on the Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition which comes out on June 27 as well. The Legendary Edition contains Elite Dangerous and the Horizons Pass, as well as 1,000 Frontier points to spend on in-game items!

“We’re super excited and will have some fun community streams and giveaways planned around this time, so check in on the forums and our social channels regularly for more great news from the Elite galaxy.”

David Braben has commented,

“I’m thrilled to announce today that Elite Dangerous is coming to PlayStation 4.

“In Elite Dangerous, every star in our night sky – the whole Milky Way – is there for you to explore how you choose. Fight, bounty-hunt, trade, assassinate, mine, explore your way across human space and out into the immense galaxy beyond, flying with your friends or travelling alone.

“Elite Dangerous has been a wonderful project to be involved with, made by a great team here at Frontier. Its roots go all the way back to my first commercial game, Elite, first released in 1984 with Ian Bell, while we were both at university. Two sequels followed. Over thirty years later, Elite Dangerous is a huge step forwards from those games, but the principles are the same – do what you like and live life in an immense galaxy – and today you can play with (or against!) friends and our amazing community as you travel the galaxy alone, together in a ‘wing’ or even fly aboard the same ship.

“It is great to come to PlayStation. When Elite Dangerous arrives on PlayStation 4 next year, we’re bringing the full game with everything in our ‘Horizons’ season of expansions included, so not only can you fly your ship, but you can carry an ‘SRV’ – Surface Recon Vehicle – in your hold, and charge around the surfaces of planets and moons at up to 100mph, finding materials, attacking bases, or seeking out hidden secret things with your friends.

“When you progress far enough in to the game to buy one of the larger ships you might choose to carry a ship-launched fighter to help defend yourself; you can employ crew or even allow other players to help you pilot your larger ship. Craft special weapons with the Engineers, collaborate with the community and engage in massive-scale community goals. Elite Dangerous is a game you’ll play your way.

“Elite Dangerous does not follow many of the rules of other games. It lets you move as fast or as slowly as you like, without telling you what to do or how to do it. Play purely as a sandbox – exploring and looking for some of the many mysteries within the game – or follow missions and work with other players to re-shape humanity’s control over the galaxy, as you make your way to Elite status in any or all four categories in the game – Combat, Trade, Exploration and CQC.

“We’ve worked hard to make Elite Dangerous the richest space simulation ever. From our love of science and astronomy, the galaxy is as real as we can make it. You’ll look up at the night sky in our own Solar system and you’ll recognise familiar constellations, then see them change as you travel away from Earth. Visit real white dwarfs, neutron stars, even black holes that exist in our real night sky. Every distance, orbit, planet, moon, ring and crater is as real as we could make it, with some 160,000 stars in the game taken from real star catalogues, with the rest of the 400 billion stars coming from stellar density maps to make the whole galaxy as accurate as possible. It’s a huge, real galaxy you can leave your mark on.

“The galaxy is gradually evolving as players overthrow governments, align themselves with powers in the game, play with one of the giant like-minded player groups, or simply strive to discover something new. Two giant superpowers are on the edge of war, and there are hints of a nascent alien threat that may emerge as a quite real one any time now… We’re excited to let PlayStation 4 players jump aboard at this critical moment for our galaxy!

“We’re making full use of the PS4 system and the unique features of the PS4 and PS4 Pro to deliver an experience unlike any other on the console, with features tailored to the DualShock 4 controller, whether you’re down on the surface of a planet or cruising around a stellar system, connected with your friends or meeting strangers out in the black of space.

“We’re looking forward to telling you more about how we’re supporting PlayStation 4 in the coming months, before we launch in Q2 2017. We have had a great time with Elite Dangerous already. I hope you’ll come and join our fantastic community, and I’m looking forward to meeting all the PlayStation 4 players exploring our galaxy!”

“When Elite Dangerous arrives on PlayStation 4 next year, we’re bringing the full game with everything in our ‘Horizons’ season of expansions included.”

2.3: The Commanders – Release Day!

On the 11th April at 9:24am Frontier announced that the servers were down in preparation for the release of The Commanders. They will remain so until around 6:00pm (BST) this evening. Whilst you are waiting Frontier have organised a couple of events as below – click the links:

Reddit: David Braben – Ask Me Anything at 11am

Frontier: Live stream – Youtube at 2pm

Frontier Store: Buy Horizons Season Pass

Frontier Store: Nameplates


Information & Updates to this blog following today’s events

The Commanders: Preview

The Commanders: Frontier Patch Notes

Elite Dangerous: Current Features List

Elite Dangerous: Blog Updates (Following Reddit AMA)

 You can view the new trailer below.