3.0 – Beyond: Beta 3

At 2:19pm on the 6th February 2018 Frontier released the patch notes for the third Beta release of 3.0: Beyond.


“Hi everyone,

“The beta galaxy servers are currently down in order for us to update to beta 3. As mentioned in an earlier post, this update will be as close to the 3.0 release build as possible. Once again, thank you for jumping in and testing during this beta period. your feedback has once again been absolutely invaluable. The beta should be live again shortly, this should not affect the main game. See the patch notes for beta 3 below, or here.”

 

Art

  • Fixed nebulae being extremely bright
  • Fixed the joystick move animation for the female pilot model, as it was reversed

Audio

  • Fixed flight controllers saying a third character if a player switches to a call sign with less than 3 characters
  • Fixed the ‘Bounty Incurred’ audio line playing whenever a fine is received
  • Fixed some missing audio from holographic billboards
  • Fixed audio issues with the vessel voice after returning to your ship from an SRV when landing at some sites
  • Fixed cockpit freezing and cracking SFX persisting after returning to the game from the menu

Controls

  • Fixed throttle automatically setting to zero when exiting a hyperspace jump
  • Fixed an issue that limited the amount of input devices on PC to four

Crime

  • Removed bounty/fine cost multiplier at Interstellar Factors based on notoriety
  • No longer able to pay off fines/bounties at Interstellar Factors if you have a notoriety above 0
  • Consolidated lawless security state in to anarchy security state
  • Anarchy states now show anarchy security level
  • Interstellar factors are now available at all markets controlled by factions with Anarchy governments, regardless of star system security level
  • ATR response is now governed by system security level and crimes committed
  • Once ATR has been summoned, subsequent crimes result in a faster response
  • Notoriety now updates periodically during gameplay (reducing by 1 unit per hour of gameplay)
  • Switched on contacts at all Engineer bases to allow fines to be paid, but still only Broo Tarquin, The Sarge, Ram Tah, Colonel Bris Dekker, Lori Jameson, Juri Ishmaak, Tod ‘The Blaster’ McQuinn advance their progression from redeeming vouchers at their bases

Engineers

  • Additional Engineer Blueprint Changes
    • Power Distributor:
      – Priority X blueprints:
      Increase Charge rate on primary capacitor from 36%->44% (was 30% in beta 1)Shield Generator:
      – Reinforced:
      Increase Damage resistance 15%->16.5%
      Increase Optimal Strength 35%->38%

      Shield Booster:
      – Heavy Duty:
      Revert Beta 2’s increase to the health multiplier, 40%->38%

      Armour:
      – Heavy Duty:
      Reduce health multiplier increase from 35% to 32%
      Note: This displays differently in-game, reduces boost of G5 Heavy Duty Reactive (on top of its native 250%) from 122.5% -> 112%

      Hull Reinforcement Packs:
      – Heavy Duty:
      Health Addition +60%->72%
      – Lightweight:
      Mass reduction: -15%->-24%

  • Restored wayward Farseer Engineer base icon to its original position on the Surface Map
  • Fixed some incidents of the Engineer UI becoming unresponsive when using Controllers and Joysticks
  • Prevent the player attempting to purchase Experimental Effects that they cannot afford
  • Fixed some instances of Experimental Effect modifiers being inverted
  • Fixed an issue where negative stats and completed positive stats would blink when applying a Blueprint
  • Fixed an issue where players were not able to convert certain legacy modules despite all of the required conditions being met
  • Fixed an issue in the Engineer Workshop that made Blueprints selectable while browsing them after pinning a Blueprint
  • Fixed sorting for pinned Blueprints in the Engineer workshop and cockpit Engineer menu
  • Fixed an issue with the reputation progress bar skipping ranks
  • Fixed Engineer service appearing in the services list for Starports and Planet Ports in the Galaxy/System Map when an Engineer isn’t present
  • Some Railgun Experimental Effects under the new system now all have a 40% heat reduction applied (applies to Feedback Cascade, Super Penetrator, Plasma slug)
  • Fixed issue where Engineer module progression wouldn’t always reach 100%


Fighters/Crew

  • Fixed an issue where Ship Launched Fighters were not sharing a ‘Wanted’ status with the Mothership

Galaxy Map/System Map

  • Fixed the map configuration view ‘by services’ not persisting on subsequent reopening of the Galaxy Map

Galnet

  • Added new language option to allow commanders to change the language Galnet audio speaks in
  • Fixed new issues with Galnet Audio playback resuming unintentionally
  • Improved mix for Galnet Audio to increase audibility

Installations/POIs/USSs

  • Made some tweaks to Megaships, including:
  • Added materials as possible rewards from hacked cargo bays
  • Increased data material payout at data terminals and Comms arrays
  • Increased turret downtime when generators are disabled
  • When using limpets to interact with Megaships, crimes will no longer trigger if you are in silent running, but will result in an authority response
  • Added heat generation to the hatch breaker and recon limpets to make them more risky to use with silent running
  • Fixed ships not showing as Wanted or having pre-existing bounties in Resource Extraction Sites
  • Fixed an issue whereby ships could be recalled while at unsafe locations

Missions

  • Fixed planetary welcome missions sometimes directing players to difficult, high security outposts
  • Fixed an issue where multiple players could take the same Wing Assassination mission
  • Fixed an issue where players could not claim cargo rewards despite having enough space
  • Fix to prevent notoriety increases from crimes committed against a mission target
  • Added new Massacre Mission Scenarios

Multi-Crew

  • Fixed heat vents not appearing correctly when using the Camera Suite in Multi-Crew
  • Fixed an issue where the Role Switch panel would not update correctly when a crew member switched from the Idle to the Gunner role

NPCs

  • Fixed an issue where System Authority ships could appear in anarchy systems
  • Small balance pass on Thargoid Scouts

Outfitting

  • Fixed incorrect/disappearing turret icon in outfitting

Planets

  • Fixed the missing fog on planet surfaces
  • The dark side of planets is no longer pitch black

Player Journal 

  • When writing character stats to the journal, strings are properly surrounded in quotes in the json output
  • Altitude is always written to status.json if we have lat & long
  • Fixed the ExternalToolsDataStore writing flags=0 into the status.json file on every FSD jump, it was intended to only do this at shutdown
  • Added crew name in events that only had ID, added ID in events that only had Name
  • The name of the “Experimental Effect” (if any) is now included when writing engineered module info to the Journal
  • Module values etc are now omitted when writing the ship loadout to the Journal if the info is not available
  • Whether the player has Horizons access is now indicated in LoadGame, Shipyard and Outfitting files
  • More information is included about the results of a mission in the Journal MissionCompleted event
  • Changed the TimePledged property in the Journal Powerplay event to be elapsed time in seconds, not timestamp of when pledged, also writing duplicate events on each jump is avoided
  • Improved the data written to the journal info when applying an experimental effect to a module in engineering
  • Commodity price lists to Market.json now includes unlocalised and localised item name, also including category name when writing
  • ModuleStore, ModuleRetrieve, MassModuleStore, StoredModules: add Level and Quality to EngineerModifications; add “Hot” flag; add “BuyPrice” in list of stored items
  • ‘Hot’ ships are now indicated in the Journal list of stored ships
  • Fixed missing “PilotRank” property in “ShipTargeted” journal event – when target is Elite
  • Included some extra information in the Journal’s Scan event, to show each body’s parent body info
  • Included Latitude and Longitude in Status.json at a higher altitude, at the point where GUI starts to show the data
  • Fixed localisation of some items (eg commodity in MissionAccepted)

Ships

  • Alliance Chieftain
  • Fixed an issue that could see SRVs becoming stuck under the Chieftain’s wings
  • Straightened up the Ship Nameplate position
  • Fixed an issue where the ship would often not land despite alignment being correct
  • Tweaked flight model to improve lateral and vertical thrust
  • Fixed the armour having too high a mass for the ship’s size

Anaconda

  • Fixed the positioning of the String Lights
  • Corrected some of the side window textures

F63 Condor

  • Fixed some LODs

Lakon Type 7

  • Buffed the type 7 to improve its jump range

Lakon Type 10

  • Fixed an issue where the ship would often not land despite alignment being correct
  • Fixed a Camera Suite position when used in Multi-Crew

Viper MkIV

  • Fixed a Camera Suite camera angle

SRV

  • Fixed an issue where the SRV could get stuck in the ground when moved due to logging out in a dangerous location

Stability Fixes 

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when shooting an SRV with a Railgun
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when shared Wing Missions are added or removed from a player
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when attempting to clean a hot module from the currently installed module when choosing a stored module to transfer
  • Fixed a crash that could occur if you waited for more than 5 minutes in the Docking and Travel training mission before doing a Hyperspace or Supercruise jump
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting game while in Outfitting
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when loading in to a CQC Arena Deathmatch
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when fighting a Thargoid

Star port Services

  • Fixed the position of the ‘Anonymous Access’ text when loading Starport Services


Technology Broker

  • Fixed the Technology Broker displaying repeated icons on the unlock screen

UI

  • Fixed some text overlap that could occur in the Commodities Market for most languages
  • Fixed ‘Anonymous Access’ appearing on the back and/or cancel docking buttons
  • Fixed some missing schematics for Megaships in the Contacts Panel
  • Removed some trailing zeros from the Modifications UI in the Engineer Workshop for clarity
  • Fixed the stats UI showing incorrect numbers on weapons with the Double Shot modification applied
  • Fixed the rank progression being difficult to make out in the Status Panel
  • Widened the friends list in the main menu, to allow more room for long commander names
  • Fixed the ‘Encounters’ field being blank in the Statistics panel
  • Fixed the Anonymous Access icon not displaying correctly in the Navigation Panel
  • Fixed a focus loss issue when using a controller to access the Status Panel
  • Fixed the Trade and Combat rank icons being switched around
  • Ensured that mission inbox messages are not grouped into the Audio Logs category
  • Fixed some overlapping text in the Message Inbox
  • Fixed an issue where the targeting brackets (<>) would render on stations
  • Material grade icons in the Target Panel now show the correct grade
  • Fixed an issue where the Systems Panel would not update to display a new Engineered FSD range, neutron boost range and FSD synthesis range

Weapons & Modules

  • Adjusted the Shock Cannon description to remove references to energy, as it is a Kinetic weapon
  • Fixed E grade Shield Boosters having the wrong stats
  • Rebalanced some module prices
  • Rebalanced some synthesis recipes

Wings

  • Implemented some performance improvements when fighting Thargoids in a Wing

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.

Beyond: Chapter 1 – Blog Updates

Following the first two live streams the Beyond: Chapter 1 page has been updated to reflect the information released so far. If you’re a returning visitor and want just the latest news, then check out the Latest: Blog Updates. The page has a brief summary of sections that have been updated and will save you time reading through the entire main page to look for new information.

Beyond: Live stream Update

Frontier have announced some details and changes to their live streams for Beyond. The details will be updated on this website on the evening of the stream.

Hi everyone,

We’re beginning the Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One content reveal livestreams tonight, with Sandro Sammarco, Adam Bourke-Waite… and me. Join us on the official Elite Dangerous YouTube channel at 7PM GMT.

After much discussion, we have decided to split the content reveals in to three livestreams. One tonight (16/01/18), one on Thursday (18/01/18) and one on the following Tuesday (23/01/18). There’s a lot of content to get through, so we wanted to make sure that we can have the right people talking about the content, and with enough time to give each feature the attention it deserves.

Remember, the beta is released on Thursday 25 to all PC players, as detailed in the forum post here.

We’ll also be posting a summary of what was shown on the livestream on the forums. Look out for a post in News and Bulletins updates later tonight.

Here’s what we’re going to be covering in the streams (please note this is subject to change):

Live Stream – Tuesday, 16th January 2018
– Changes to Crime and Punishment
– Wing Missions
– …and more!

Live Stream – Thursday, 18th January 2018
– The Chieftain
– Planetary visual improvements
– Trade data improvements
– The Tech Broker
– more!

Live Stream – Tuesday, 23rd January 2018
– Engineers
– Material Trader
– GalNet Audio
– EVEN MORE!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all in the streams!

Thanks,

Ed

Beyond: Live Streams

As announced by Frontier there will be two live streams (on their YouTube channel) during the week of the 15th January 2018 to go into more details regarding the upcoming changes to Chapter 1 of Beyond. The dates are below:

> Tuesday, 16th January 2018 – 7pm GMT

> Thursday, 18th January 2018 – 7pm GMT

> Tuesday 23rd January 2018 – 7pm GMT

(2pm EST – 11am PST – 5am AEST)

Details will be added to this website as soon as time allows.

Beyond: Open Beta Announcement

On the 12th January 2018 Frontier announced that the open beta for owners of Elite: Dangerous Horizons on PC & Mac will begin on the 25th January 2018. A teaser video can be seen below and a full rundown of all content in 2.4 can be found here. Details from Frontier can be seen below and here:

Greetings commanders,

At Frontier Expo 2017, we revealed the first details of season 3 of Elite Dangerous, called Elite Dangerous: Beyond – you can watch back the announcements here. Throughout 2018 we’re bringing four Beyond updates to Elite Dangerous Commanders which focus on adding new content, uncovering and progressing the mysteries of the galaxy and enhancing existing core gameplay experiences. These updates will consist of a number of additions with the first update detailed below, followed by two smaller content updates through the year and our largest update coming in Q4. Each update will be a new Chapter in the Elite Dangerous: Beyond season.

Today we’re pleased to announce that you’ll be able to test Chapter 1 of the series in the open beta coming to all PC Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons players on Thursday 25 January!

As always we welcome your feedback in our dedicated feedback livestreams, and on the beta and bug report forums. These beta tests have always been an incredibly useful and valuable part of development, and Beyond Chapter 1 will be no exception. Because of the huge number of core feature enhancements, the introduction of a new ship, and other numerous additions and improvements, we want to be sure that as many of you are able to experience and test the beta first-hand, for that reason we have decided to open this beta to all players of Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons on PC.

We’ll publish a full list of changes on beta launch day, but come along to our content livestreams on Tuesday 16 January at 7PM GMT and Thursday 18 January at 7PM GMT for a closer look at everything in this update. In the meantime, you can see a short summary of some of the features below.


New Ship: Chieftain 
Elite Dangerous Horizons Commanders will also be able to take to the stars in the new Alliance Chieftain, designed not only to dish out punishment, but to avoid it. Manufactured by Lakon Spaceways, the Chieftain is more manoeuvrable than ships of similar size and weight, and its combat profile means it can more than hold its own in a fight.

Improved Core Mechanics 
Chapter 1 of Beyond will bring improvements to some of Elite Dangerous’ core mechanics, including accessibility enhancements to the engineering mechanics, an overhaul of mission rewards and big changes to crime and punishment. We’ll be sharing more information on the changes to Crime and Punishment, and the Engineers in a future post here on the forums and in the live streams mentioned above.

Wing Missions
Chapter 1 of Beyond will give you the chance to take on wing missions with your fellow Commanders, sharing both the efforts and rewards.

Revised Trade Data 
Commanders will now be able to access trade data from systems they have previously visited, in order to make more informed decisions when shipping goods across the Milky Way.

Planetary Visual Improvements 
Chapter 1 also includes the first of the planetary visual improvements coming as part of the Beyond series of updates (with more surface level improvements coming later in the year) bringing a new vibrancy to the Elite Dangerous galaxy.

GalNet Audio 
With the introduction of GalNet Audio, you will be able to catch up on the latest news from across the galaxy without ever leaving the action.