Beyond: Chapter 4 – Beta End Date

Updated on 12th November 2018.

Frontier have confirmed in their latest newsletter that the Beta will finish on the 26th November. (Not 16th November as originally stated) As of yet there is no confirmation of when the release will go live.

Beyond: Chapter 4 – Beta is Live!

On the 30th October 2018 Frontier released the Beta for Chapter 4 (3.3) of Beyond. This is available to all PC owners of the game (both the base game and Horizons). You can get the full lowdown on the release here, or:

Game Director Laurence Oldham posted this message on the official forum,

Dear Commanders,

It is with a feeling of anticipation and excitement that later today we release Beyond – Chapter Four’s open PC beta, giving you the first opportunity to get your hands on with the biggest Elite Dangerous update of 2018 ahead of its official launch later this year. With that in mind, I wanted to explain how the beta process works for the newest Commanders among you and how we can work together to make this a successful beta phase for Chapter Four.

It’s been a long journey since we first announced our plans for this Chapter at Frontier Expo in October 2017 and we have been hard at work ever since, implementing many ambitious ideas and taking a deep look into aspects like Elite’s Background Simulation, Codex, and Exploration; just a few of the features you’ll be able to test during the first part of our open beta from this afternoon.

However, our journey is not yet complete.

Chapter Four will be the biggest influx of new content for Elite Dangerous in 2018 and it represents the culmination of our combined efforts during many months of development. To ensure the results will be as good as we can possibly make them, we would invite you to join us in this final opportunity to identify and fix any issues together. For us, this open beta is a vital part of the development process and our hope is that you, our dedicated community, will participate, enjoy, and let us know what you experience. Any problems you encounter during your travels, please take the time to report them to us here. Having this one central location for all Commanders to register feedback is very important as it allows us to easily collate and register comments, bugs, and suggestions. We have assigned a dedicated team to track all your reports as they come in and we are committed to improving Chapter Four based on your observations.

As we progress through the weeks, new features and new content will become available for you to try out and report on.

We are currently completing our pre-flight checks and we expect to be ready to launch shortly after 15:00 UTC. All that’s left is to say a huge thank you to everyone taking part, I really hope you enjoy it.

Laurence

The first Beta phase will feature all the features and changes seen in the first two livestreams. You can read all the details known so far about Chapter 4 here. In anticipation of this and with permission from Factabulous on the Official Forum I’ve reproduced the handy Beta FAQ.


> Beta FAQ

  • The Beta appears as a new option to start in the launcher when it is available, normal game will remain available during beta.
  • No, consoles don’t participate in the Beta. Yes other games have Beta access on consoles, ED does not.
  • To reduce the clutter in the launcher you can add the /edh option to your launcher shortcut. You are welcome.
  • No, we don’t know how large the beta is yet. CMDR Thrust from Bradford knows, but he’s too busy walking around an Atmos planet on his space legs with his NPC crew. (long standing forum joke)
  • No, you cannot take anything you find in the Beta out of the Beta
  • Your commander will be based off a copy of the live game taken during the last few weeks
  • Values in the Beta may not reflect the final game – often mission spawn rates are changed, and we can expect broker rates to change. Probably.
  • The beta may restart / become unavailable without notice. It’s a beta. Chillax.
  • No, you will not keep any unlocked tech broker recipes after the beta.
  • Anything you do in the Beta does not affect your main CMDR
  • Make sure you are running the Beta before doing destructive things. Beta often has a watermark so you can check. But double check…
  • If you are not where you want to be then FD may respond to move requests in the Beta, if you ask nicely.
  • Or you can kill your ship and respawn at the starter system if you want to get back to the bubble.
  • You can also reset your CMDR, sometimes Beta resets will set extra money/other things so you can get back to testing – check details in the beta before resetting!
  • No, you cannot take anything you find in the Beta out of the Beta
  • You need to remove the beta files after the beta, but it might be worth keeping the around until the full release as the files are allegedly used instead of downloading
  • No, you cannot take anything you find in the Beta out of the Beta
  • Report bug as beta tickets. Feel free to add your information onto existing tickets, but they are reports – not discussions.
  • Talk about the beta in the beta forums. Console users probably don’t want to hear about cool stuff they can’t access yet.
  • No point in putting in feature requests. Beta means the code is about ready to release, it will get tweaks, but not features (Many will ignore this and get irate)
  • No, you cannot take anything you find in the Beta out of the Beta.

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!”

Beyond: Chapter 3 – Release Date

At 7pm on the 16th August 2018 Frontier announced that Chapter 3 of Beyond would be released on Tuesday, 28th August 2018.

Further details of the content will be revealed to those attending Gamescom on the 22nd August with more public details following the next day. A short teaser trailer can be seen below hinting at the return of The Guardians. More detail will appear here during and after Gamescom.

Beyond: Chapter 2 – Release Day

Update @ 5.50pm: Chapter 2 is now available to play, weighing in at about 1.8gb.

Frontier have announced that the servers for Chapter 2 will be down from 8am BST on the 28th June for a minimum of 9 hours. Updates will be given if this changes. PC Commanders should back up their key binds. Patch notes are at the bottom of this post and on the Elite: Dangerous – Current Features page. Whilst you’re waiting you can watch the Chapter 2 Live stream, here.

If you’ve not yet seen what will be coming in the Chapter 2 update you can view the trailer below or read about it here.


> PATCH NOTES
>

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

Beyond – Chapter Two Release Date

At 2:00pm on the 31st May 2018 Frontier announced the release details for Chapter Two of the Beyond series as well as a short teaser trailer. You can see them below or on the official forum here. The relevant pages on this website have been amended to reflect the new information.

“Greetings Commanders,

“We are pleased to announce that Chapter Two of the Beyond series of updates is right around the corner. In just under a month, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Alliance’s newest Chieftain variant: the Alliance Challenger. We’ve also got a selection of new wing missions, installation interactions, new settlements to explore and, to combat the ever-growing and ever-encroaching Thargoid threat, a cache of new Guardian weapons and technology from the Tech Brokers.

“And… you’ll be able to explore it all for yourselves on 28th June.

“This is the first of the two smaller instalments coming as part of the Elite Dangerous Beyond series of updates, with a larger coming in Q4 of this year, bringing Squadrons and improvements to Mining and Exploration, and much more! If you’d like to contribute ideas and find out more about what’s coming in the Q4 update, please check out our Focused Feedback forums here.

“Please find a summary of Chapter Two’s content below.

Summary of features:

New Ship: Challenger
The Alliance continue to refine their warships in the face of the looming Thargoid threat. The Alliance Challenger, envisaged as a frontline combat vessel, has stronger armour than its Chieftain counterpart and will be able to soak up a significant amount of punishment.

Wing Missions
First introduced in Chapter One of Beyond, we are introducing a range of new Wing Mission types for you and your fellow Commanders to take on!

Installation Interactions
In a similar fashion to the Megaship interactions, which were introduced in Chapter One, Commanders will now be able to scan and interact with Space Installations.

  • Scan – Scanning the installation will allow Commanders to see what they can interact with: Turrets, Comms Arrays and Cargo Bays.
  • Turret hack – Disable turrets protecting other potential hackable points. This will deactivate security measures put in place to protect the Comms Arrays and Cargo Bays.
  • Comms array – Get tradeable data from the Comms Array.
  • Cargo bay – Fire a limpet on the Cargo Bay to unlock and steal commodities and materials.

Tech Broker 
Tech Brokers will allow commanders to unlock large weapons versions of the existing guardian tech weapons. These Tech Brokers will issue missions to collect Guardian data as well as materials and then, once delivered, will unlock certain Guardian modules of weapons for purchase. Will you turn you weapons on Thargoid or use them to pirate rival Commanders?

Thargoid
Thargoids continue to be an intergalactic menace! With the Alliance introducing a new ship, the Thargoids intend to up their game too, introducing new Scouts that will buff other Scouts and increase their combat efficiency.”