Beyond: Chapter 4 – Beta #4: Is Live!

Updated: 21st November 2018 @ 12.16am

At 2:05pm on the 20th November 2018 Frontier announced the details for the final part of the Beyond: Chapter 4 Beta. You can see them below or here on the official website. You can read what Frontier have said about Thargoid Conflict Zones, here. Patch notes will appear in this thread once released by Frontier. There will also be a live stream on the 22nd November at 7pm (UTC) to demonstrate the new Thargoid Conflict Zones.

“We’re pleased to announce that the next set of beta content for Beyond – Chapter Four will be Thargoid Conflict Zones and a brand-new Thargoid-attacked Megaship scenario!

“We will bring the beta servers down at 10:00 (UTC) on 21 November. Following the update, the beta server will be live at approximately 11:00 (UTC) on 21 November. 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.

“Slightly different to previous beta additions, this Thargoid content will only be available in the Maia system during the Beyond – Chapter Four beta, though it will be available across all modes.

“Alongside this new content (below), you’ll be able to continue testing all of the previous content!

“To take part in the beta, all you’ll need to do is load up the launcher and select (and update) the following product: Elite Dangerous – Horizons – Beta (3.3). Once that has been completed, you’ll then have access to the Beyond – Chapter Four beta. If this hasn’t appeared, please restart your launcher.

“If you’d like information as the beta progresses, you can also subscribe to our Beyond – Chapter Four Beta newsletter by clicking here.

“We can’t wait to hear what you think of the new Thargoid Conflict Zones and Megaship Scenario!”

Additionally,

“The next beta update will also include various bug fixes and improvements. We’ve made some adjustments to mining itself and all of the details will be available in the patch notes published prior to the beta update.”


 > Patch Notes


Incursion State

  • Incursion state added, along with
  • Thargoid Conflict Zone scenario (“AX Conflict Zones”)
  • Damaged megaship scenarios
  • For the Beta, the Maia system has been manually set to the incursion state, and these scenarios should appear there

Comms

  • Added a toggle to turn off the profanity filter (under the options tab in the comms panel)

Audio Options

  • Updated audio options:
  • Default/optimal volume position is now marked, allowing the player to return to default easily
  • All sliders (apart from the 3 “master” sliders (sounds, music, voice)) can be boosted as well as cut
  • Note: User volume slider positions will be reset to default on this update (this is a one time only reset)

Bug Fixes and Improvements

Anaconda

  • Fixed incorrect white lights in cockpit

Background Sim

  • Added galaxy map filter for the new ‘Civil Liberty’ state
  • Added text to indicate the happiest system in the ‘Faction Allegiance’ section in Squadrons
  • Added icons to states listed in the System Map
  • Pirate attacks and outbreaks will now occur automatically
  • Fixed Conflict Zones not always spawning in systems at War

Cobra Mk.III

  • Fixed misaligned thrusters

Codex

  • Fixed an issue where a planet that didn’t have a terraformed status set would default to being terraformable (when it shouldn’t be)
  • Fixed overlapping text in the Archive section
  • Galactic region no longer resets to your location when searching the Discoveries section
  • Added ‘Distance Traveled in an SRV’ stat
  • Narration added for “Individuals” knowledgebase articles

Comms

  • Increased the volume of the background chatter in Conflict Zones
  • Increased the chat spam limit from 3 to 5 (fixes some Voice Attack issues)
  • Fixed issue that caused chat messages not to be delivered when the recipient was on main menu

Controls

  • The binding for entering the vanity cam in ship and SRV can now be bound to the same button

COVAS

  • Increased the volume of ‘Jefferson’

Crashes/Stability

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when leaving a Resource Extraction Site
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the Subsurface Displacement missile
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when jumping to another system
  • Fixed crash that could occur when opening the Codex
  • Fixed that could occur when entering a Conflict Zone
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when players ship is destroyed
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the Pulse Wave Analyser
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the Prospector Limpet
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching ships
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when in the FSS mode
  • Fixed holo-me being incorrectly selectable from the SRV, leading to a softlock
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching between 3D modes
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening the Codex after a recent discovery
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when selling Exploration Data
  • Fixed instances of “authentication server” disconnections from mission servers

Crime & Punishment

  • Added clarification to the bounty transaction details, to explain the implications of the Kill Warrant Scanner

Decals

  • Fixed reversed decal slots on Cobra Mk.III and Imperial Cutter

Exploration

  • The Detailed Surface Scanner will now auto hide in the fire groups HUD while in normal space
  • Fixed an audio issue that could cause the scanning sound to get stuck and loop
  • Fixed an issue which meant players couldn’t buy exploration data when docked at a port
  • Stopped the ship voice line from needlessly repeating when the system has been fully scanned
  • Fixed an issue where the info panel would not update to show a planets signals while in the DSS mode
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing players from firing probes a rings around stars (the star itself can still not be probed, which is intended behaviour)
  • Bodies now appear when using the FSS mode in non-Horizon versions of the game
  • Increased the sensitivity range on the FSS movement controls
  • Added sensitivity control to the spectrum analysis bar
  • FSS mouse binding now no longer gives a ‘roll’ option
  • Scanning a nav beacon now returns full system data (ring details were missing)
  • Fixed issue that could cause ‘false’ signals to appear that couldn’t be resolved
  • The threat level of a USS is now displayed when zoomed in on it
  • The system map now indicates if the planet has been mapped or not
  • Added message when a body is passively scanned
  • Fixed an issue that was causing some bodies to appear on the system map, but were unable to be discovered using the FSS mode
  • Fixed impossible to meet efficiency targets
  • Info panel now has 2 lines to display messages on
  • Fixed some Thargoid signal sources being identified as Guardian

Federal Corvette

  • Fixed visual issues on fitted ship kit when using a paint job

Friends and Private Groups

  • Fixed a hang that could occur when browsing a very large group

General

  • Fixed issue where dropping out at ports in asteroid clusters wasn’t dropping the player near it
  • Fixed an issue that meant certain Port contacts were erroneously appearing
  • Fixed issue where Thargoid probes weren’t spawning correctly
  • Fixed issue where the left hand panel would become unresponsive when return to the players ship from an SRV
  • Fixed missing leading reticle for the Flechette launcher
  • Fixed issue that could lead to the left hand panel becoming unresponsive

Holo-me

  • Fixed some graphical issues on the avatar portrait

Lighting

  • Reduced brightness in galaxy map

Localisation

  • ‘Search’ wasn’t translated in the Friends and Private Groups menu
  • Fixed various typos
  • Fixed incorrect text on ‘Galactic Powers’ button on the home tab
  • Fixed truncated text on the ‘Galactic Powers’ button in German
  • Added translations for Detailed Surface Scanner options
  • Replaced placeholder text with actual text in Fine description

Mamba

  • Fixed thrusters not changing colour when applying engine colours
  • Fixed misaligned vanity preview cameras
  • Balance pass on boost, speed, and pitch and roll rates
  • Should now dissipate heat quicker (in line with the FDL)

Megaships

  • Fixed Z-fighting issue

Mining

  • Added information on what is inside a motherlode asteroid to the data returned by the prospector limpet
  • Added extra detail to the Subsurface Displacement Missiles outfitting description, to explain the pull and hold trigger feature
  • Fixed graphical issue after using a Displacement Missile
  • NPC ships now use their mining lasers once again
  • Fixed missing targets, UI and feedback when a multicrew member joins after a prospector limpet has been used
  • Added extra feedback icons to the areas that represent the different yield ranges when attempting to crack an asteroid apart
  • Tweaked the pulse wave analyser results to be less broad and more focused at range
  • Added new, high value materials to the motherlode asteroids (free floating materials and new surface deposits, which are found after cracking the asteroid open)
  • Increased the ammo capacity of the new mining tools
  • Stopped depleted asteroids from appearing gold when scanned with the Pulse Wave Analyser

Missions

  • Removed restriction on in space collect missions, to allow players to take them even if their ships cargo hold is below the amount needed (they will use the Cargo Depot feature)

Multicrew

  • Fixed the target panel for the gunner role
  • Fixed issue where select the view report button didn’t take players directly to the screen

Orrery

  • Fixed incorrect planetary ring orientation

Outfitting

  • Updated the refinery text to change the refernce of “Mining Laser” to “Mining Tools”

Player Journal

  • Fixed duplicate scan events
  • Fixed some wing mission cargo reported as stolen
  • FSSSignalDiscovered: add USSType info (§6.6)
  • Add new FSSAllBodiesFound event (§6.4)
  • Scan events generated automatically when entering system now logged as “ScanType”:”AutoScan” (§6.3)
  • Add new event MultiSellExplorationData (§6.10)
  • Faction info in Location/FSDJump: if it’s the player’s squadron faction, add SquadronFaction:true, and flags HappiestSystem:true or HomeSystem:true if relevant (§4.8)

Render

  • Fixed high res screen shot feature when zoomed into a body in FSS
  • Fixed some Z-fighting found at Platers’s Tyranny port
  • Fixed some flickering on glass materials in stations
  • Make the light diffusion through volumetrics similar in appearance across graphics settings.
  • Cockpit geometry occludes ship schematics now
  • Fixed some jittering in ring fog
  • Fixed for brightness of mining related volumetric effects when in shadow of planet
  • Fixed rendering of glass material behind fog in stations

Ship Name Plates

  • Text size is now affected when using leading and/or trailing spaces

Squadrons

  • Randomised the results when browsing
  • Added a new ‘Mentor’ activity tag
  • Fixed issue where players could not use the gamepad to select a member to hand over the Squadron to
  • The members list now defaults to sorting by rank (high – low)
  • Shortened the invite text to solve truncated text
  • Tags can now be edited after the Squadron has been created
  • Fixed the Squadron feed tab being incorrectly reset upon ship destruction
  • Players can now transfer ownership to players that are not currently online
  • Faction alligence page now uses current state rather than pending state
  • After a player is promoted/demoted, permissions are now granted/taken away immediately
  • Tags can now be used to filter Squadron results
  • Fixed a transaction server error when sharing a starport or settlement bookmark
  • Fixed a bug preventing some pre-registered squadrons from changing their faction affiliation
  • Fixed exploration data and CQC results not always being added to the squadron leaderboards

Stellar Forge

  • Corrected the orbit of the moon around Earth

Vanity Camera

  • Stopped the ship cockpit UI rendering through the pilots chair

VR

  • Ensured the ring scan effect (and hotspots) are correctly occluded by the planet geometry in both eyes.
  • Fixed issue that causes the camera to clip through the pilots body more than usual

 

New Thargoid Incursion State – Beta

At 8:15pm on the 15th November Frontier announced some changes to the Thargoid narrative which will go live in the Beta next week. The details can be seen below, or on the official forum. Changes have been made to the Beyond: Chapter 4 page to reflect this.

“Hello everyone,

As is fitting with the elusive Thargoids, we’ve got a surprise announcement for you!

In addition to all of the content we’ve revealed thus far for Beyond – Chapter Four, the Thargoid threat continues to infest the galaxy in the form of new Thargoid Incursions and Thargoid Conflict Zones. Please read on for all the details! 

New State: Thargoid Incursion

  • As time progresses, various systems will find themselves attacked by Thargoid Scouts and Interceptors.
  • Commanders will need to defend the system by killing Thargoids, if they fail to kill a certain number of Thargoids, the system will enter a new Background Simulation state: Incursion.
  • Incursion is a system-wide negative background state that impacts all the factions within that system.
  • Players defend the system (before and during Incursion) by killing Thargoids in that system.


When a system enters Incursion, the following happens:

  • One starport present in the system (that can be damaged) will be damaged.
  • Each week that passes whilst Incursion is active, a new starport (that can be damaged) will be damaged.
  • If a starport has been fixed after being damaged but the system is still in Incursion, it can be damaged again the week after.
  • All megaships in the system at the point of the state enters Incursion, will appear damaged and unable to continue on their journey.
  • Thargoid Scouts and Interceptors that were found in the initial attack will continue to have a presence, but stronger Thargoid Interceptors will now also make an appearance.
  • Thargoid Conflict Zones will also be found in the system, which pits players against Thargoids in waves of combat.
  • The Incursion state lasts (currently) indefinitely until players remove it.
  • To overcome the Incursion state, Commanders must kill Thargoid Scouts and Interceptors.
  • The amount of kills needed to remove the Incursion state varies from system to system.

We’ll be exploring the new Thargoid Combat Zones in a live-stream on 22 November, but if you can’t wait, you’ll be able to try them for yourselves in the beta next week!

Beyond: Chapter 2 – Pre-Launch Stream

On Tuesday the 25th June 2018 at 7pm BST Frontier will host a pre-launch stream for the upcoming Chapter 2 release in the Beyond series. A Frontier post on the official forum read,

Hello Commanders,

So, you’ve heard the news? No? Well, we’re pleased to announce that, in the 3.1 update (coming this Thursday), the long-awaited Krait MK II will be making an appearance!

Commanders across the galaxy will soon be in the cockpit of the Krait MK II… but, before any of that, Ed and I will be taking to the stars in a Krait of our own, showing it off in all of its awesome glory!

Join us live on 26 June at 7:00 PM BST on our YouTube channel, where we’ll be taking a closer inspection of the latest ship coming to Elite Dangerous!

We’ll see you there, and have a Krait day!

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.

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