Discovery Scanner 4 – The Art of Asteroids

At 4:21pm on the 5th December 2018 Frontier announced another in the Discovery Scanner series.

Greetings Commanders,

If last week’s Discovery Scanner episode wasn’t enough for you, we’ve another this week. This time, Art Director Chris Gregory will be talking us through, and showing, the artistic vision behind the implementation of crack-able asteroids and tools used to blast them apart! 

Hopefully see you there!

Livestream details

  • Topic – Discovery Scanner – The Art of Asteroids with Chris Gregory
  • Date – 6 December 2018
  • Time – 19:00 (UTC)
  • Where – Click here!

See you there!

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!

Live stream #3 – Beyond: Chapter 4

On Thursday 8th November 2018 Frontier reveal their third in the series of Beyond: Chapter 4 live streams, this time featuring the two new ships in the game. This will start at 7pm (UK time). You can now see it below or read about it in the Chapter 4 page: here.

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.

Live stream #1 – Beyond Chapter 4

Tonight at 7pm (GMT) Frontier will do the first of their live-streams for Beyond: Chapter 4. It will focus on exploration, the Codex and visual improvements to the game. You can view the stream by clicking here. Details have been added to this blog.

Update #1: Frontier have announced that the Squadrons and Mining streams have been combined into one stream on the 1st November. Previously they were on subsequent days.

Update #2: Frontier have also added ‘Cockpit UI changes’ to tonight’s live stream.

The Chapter 4 – Live stream dates:

  • Exploration, Codex, Cockpit UI Changes & Visual Improvements – 18 October (19:00 BST)
  • BGS and Scenario Interactions – 25 October (19:00 BST)
  • Mining & Squadrons – 01 November (19:00 GMT)
  • The Ships – 8 November (19:00 GMT)

You can now view the entire stream below: