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.


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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    • Players current notoriety level displayed in cockpit will no longer be potentially out of date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.”

3.0 – Beyond: Release Day

Today, Tuesday the 27th February will see the release of the first Chapter of the Beyond series of updates. You can read the full breakdown on 3.0 here.

The patch notes can below, on Reddit, on this website here or on the official website here. There’s an official Frontier Live stream here and various others planned for later in the day. You can see the list here. The official post from Frontier can be seen below and watch the latest Commander Chronicles cinematic short below:

“Greetings Commanders, 

“The galaxy servers are currently down to allow us to update to 3.0 Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One. 

“The downtime is expected to last for approximately 9 hours, although this could potentially go over. 

“We have posted the full change log below, and a summary of how the features will work in Chapter One, will be available on the forum later today.”


  • 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 respawn 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. * Horizons only
    • 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. * Horizons only
    • 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. * Horizons only
    • 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.

 

 

Beyond: Live stream #3

Note: Updates of this stream can be seen here.

On Tuesday the 23rd January 2018 Frontier will complete the trio of live streams for Chapter 1 of the Beyond series of free updates:

Live Stream – Tuesday, 23rd January 2018
– Engineers
– Material Trader
– GalNet Audio
– Even more….!

If you want an overview of the Beyond season of updates you can see it here. If you want the full rundown on Beyond: Chapter 1, then you can see that here.

If you wish to read some of the Q&A Frontier have given to the previous two streams you can find them here and here.

Finally, don’t forget that the Beta for Beyond: Chapter 1 will begin at some point on Thursday, 25th January 2018.

2.4: The Return – Server downtime

Frontier have commented on the server downtime before the release of 2.4: The Return.

“Hi everyone,

“We hope you’re just as excited as we are for the launch of The Return 2.4 tomorrow (26/09/17), and we can’t wait for you to be in direct contact with the Thargoids in-game for the first time. As we’ve mentioned before, The Return 2.4 will unfold in a different way to previous updates, with the narrative and content releasing over the coming months.

“Due to the narrative and secretive nature of the update, we won’t be hosting a stream during the downtime tomorrow. We want you to experience the content for yourselves, so instead we are planning a Thargoid stream for this coming Thursday with our scientific community. There will also be a competition during the downtime that will get you sharpening up your combat skills – look on our social media channels and here on the forum for more information about that competition and how you can get involved.

“We expect the galaxy servers to be down from 9AM BST for approximately 9 hours +. 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… I’ll post the changelogs here, and add update information to the thread as it comes in.

“Keep an eye on our social media channels. too for regular updates on the server status. We will try to respond to as many queries as possible, but we will give everyone advanced notice for when the servers come back online, and social media is your best bet for knowing when the servers are back up and running.”

Patch notes and any other information will appear on this blog when available.

2.4: The Return – Release Date

The release date for 2.4: The Return will be the 26th September 2017. The official cinematic release trailer, ‘Commander Chronicles: Retaliation’ can be seen below.

You can read the preview here. You can watch Frontier’s Thargoid Lore stream containing this video, some Thargoid history and some brief details about what to expect for 2.5 and onwards, here.