Beyond: Beta – Q&A

Sandro Sammarco answered a long list of questions regarding both the upcoming Beyond series of updates and the general future of the game. You can see some selected ones below.

Note: There has been no release date given as of yet for 3.0.


Q. Extra module storage?
A. This has now been doubled to 120.

Q. Will SLF’s have outfitting capabilities?
A. Nothing to announce, something they may do at some point but will be done when it fits in the schedule.

Q. Limpet Bay?
A. Frontier are looking at a Limpet controller rack that will store a number of controllers in them.

Q. Tracker limpet?
A. In the big list and very much wanted.

Q. Any chance of being able to change the colours of the HUD display?
A. Not at the moment as it’s a significant amount of work.

Q. Engineer tech brokers weapons?
A. Very likely to happen in Beyond at some point.

Q. Will the Discovery Scanner and surface scanner see updates?
A. Yes, later in 3.0 as part of the exploration update Frontier will look at all of these.

Q. Will ATR Ships become persistent? (ie. they will follow players out of a system)
A. Sandro said this would be looked at, but not until they have seen how ATR operates in the initial release.

Q. Are Frontier looking at using mega-ship interactions in other areas such as capital ships, combat zone and planetary outposts etc.?
A. Yes. Looking at a few areas but no further comment at the moment.

Q. Can Combat zones and RES sites be improved?
A. Yes, these sites will be looked at but these are long term plans.

Q. Will bookmarks be colour coded and see other updates?
A. Yes, these and possible other changes could well come when they introduce the codex later in Beyond.

Q. Changes to Powerplay?
A. They would like to integrate missions into powerplay and have some ideas, but no ETA, guarantees.

Q. Any plans to stop players from permanently boosting their ship engines? (specifically as it’s causing issues during battle)
A. Yes, this will be looked at as it should not be at a loss of tactics during battle.

Q. Will there be further iterations of wing missions?
A. Yes, there will be more wing missions coming.

Q. Changes to smuggling?
A. Yes, but nothing to comment on at the moment.

Q. Will it be possible to re-name engineered modules?
A. It’s on the list.

Q. NPC Crew & Wings?
A. It’s something we want to do, but we need a bunch of other stuff such as communicating with NPC’s and more rules to govern them, so not at the moment.

Q. Any plans for changes to the Asp Scout?
A. There are some “come cool plans for the Asp Scout, that I’m not allowed to talk about”.

Q. Will colour changes to planets reflect the content of the planets?
A. No, but the exploration mechanics in the 3.4 update will assist with figuring this out.

Type-10 Defender: Now Available

At 2:14pm on the 20th December 2017 Frontier announced the release of the Type-10 Defender.


“Greetings Commanders,

“The Thargoid threat is rising. We’re receiving reports of attacks on space stations and devastation across the galaxy. Commanders have been requested to embark on dangerous rescue attempts to shuttle survivors away from the menace.

“There’s no doubt that we’ve got a difficult task ahead. But it’s not over yet… With the urgent need for new weaponry apparent, the Alliance Navy has commissioned Lakon Spaceways to overhaul the Type-9, in response to recent events.

“The result of this collaboration is the new Type-10 Defender, a military behemoth specifically built for combat and absorbing heavy hits. It’s available now from most Alliance-controlled, high-tech systems.

“What are you waiting for, Commander?”

Patch Update: 2.4.09

At 11.50am on the 6th December 2017 Frontier announced the release of Patch 2.4.09. Or if you are on the PS4, Patch 1.13. You can find all the patch notes here.

“Hi everyone,

“2.4.09 is now live… the downtime is expected to be 15 minutes, or maybe slightly longer for those on PS4.

“On PS4 this update will appear as 1.13. We are looking in to getting these numbers to match in future, in order to avoid confusion. Thanks!

“The update contains a number of bug fixes.

Patch Update: 2.4.08

At 11.30am on the 30th November 2017 Frontier released an update in the form of patch 2.4.08. The details can be seen below or here on the official site. A link to all updates can be found on this site, here.

“Greetings commanders, we have 2.4.08 on the way today for you! This update will cover all platforms and will have about 10 minutes of downtime while you download the update, and us updating the servers.

“The contents of the update is as follows…”

Fighters/Crew

  • Fixed an issue with the AX Fighter’s statistics that rendered it more effective than intended against human targets
  • Aegis has arranged for the new AX variant of the popular Taipan fighter to be available at independent stations across the galaxy

Ships

Keelback
  • Fixed an issue with misaligned Paintjobs for the Keelback.

Xbox One

  • Fix for inability to send comms messages in normal space when using T.Flight Hotas One.
  • Fix for the T.Flight Hotas One Xbox button putting the ship in full reverse.

Live stream: Discovery Scanner 2

Frontier will continue their peak behind the making of Elite: Dangerous with ‘Bringing a Thargon Swarm to Life with Mark Allen’

Hey everyone,

Join us here tonight

‘For episode 2 of Discovery Scanner, we’re joined by Lead Programmer Mark Allen, who will talk us through how he brought the Thargoid swarms to life and created their fascinating behaviour patterns.

Discovery Scanner is a new Elite Dangerous livestream series where we take deep dives in to the creation of some of Elite Dangerous’s most exciting features and aspects.’

Enjoy! See you at 7PM GMT

 

 

Patch Update: 2.4.03

At 10:32am on the 11th October 2017 Frontier announced an update to the 2.4 release. You can see them below or on the official site, here. The details have also been added to the Elite: Dangerous Current Features page.


Companion API

  • Fixed ship prices sometimes not being returned from /shipyard

Factions

  • Implemented a fix to stop factions trying to invade during an expansion when they already had a conflict pending

Fighters/Crew

  • Fixed the “Switch” button on the fighter orders menu not disabling when the cockpit canopy is breached

General Fixes & Tweaks

  • Updated some translations

Holo-Me Creator

  • Removed the ability to Undo / Redo while a player is not on the top level of a tab in the Holo-Me creator to prevent a store exploit

Installations/POIs/USSs

  • Fixed an issue whereby all Barnacles in a system would appear in the Navigation Panel after scanning just one

Mining

  • Fixed the Vent button for the refinery failing to do anything with the hopper

Missions

  • Fixed Engineer invite missions not spawning in certain systems
  • Fixed some incorrect text strings that appeared in certain Assassination mission inbox messages
  • Fixed an issue where only massacre missions were spawning instead of rank missions
  • Ensured that Salvage missions contribute to the Exploration career

NPCs

  • Fixed an issue that led to Thargoids flagging up as allied in certain cases

Outfitting

  • Fixed an issue where previewed decals could remain on the ship after exiting the livery section

Player Journal

  • Fixed an issue with control characters remaining in the ReceiveText of a journal message

Render

  • Fixed the motion effects appearing fainter than they should be when flying through space

Server

  • Fixed Thargoid encounter UI statistics
  • Fixed some stored ships being unavailable through shipyard

Ships
Imperial Clipper

  • Fixed an issue with the Docking Computer being unable to dock


Stability Fixes 

  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when at Resource Extraction Sites
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur if the player disconnected while loading in to a Multi-Crew session

UI

  • We now update a Commander’s subscribed to community goal data in the Transactions tab every ten minutes, allowing players to keep track of the results on the fly

Weapons

  • Fixed the missing lens flares on plasma accelerator shots