Elite: Dangerous 1.0 – An Overview

As this blog was initially started as a response from players wanting to know what would be in the Horizons series of releases, details on the original 1.0 – 1.4 releases were not included. I’ve had the time to go back and add a 1.0 Overview section. In time details will be added for each part of 1.1 – 1.4, mirroring the way the Horizons information is organised. You can find the first part, here. Alternatively select it from the menu at the top of the page.

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

Frontier Expo Schedule: 2017

A quick update regarding the Expo which takes place this weekend on Saturday, 7th October. If you can’t get to the event or watch a stream details of major announcements will be on this page as time allows.

Saturday, 7th October 2017

3:30PM BST Frontier Expo PRE-SHOW
Where? Official Twitch channelOfficial YouTube channelOfficial Facebook page.
Join Community Manager Bo for a snappy show packed with a host of special guests to hype you up for our major game announcements!

5PM BST Special Content Reveals
Jurassic World Evolution: Special Content Reveal
Where? Official Twitch channelOfficial YouTube channelOfficial Facebook page.Senior Community Manager Edward invites Jurassic World Evolution’s Game Director Michael Brookes, Lead Designer Andrew Fletcher, and Head of Animation Nick Rodgers to the Main Stage for the first ever look at this epic new title.

Planet Coaster: Anniversary Update Reveal
Where? Official Twitch channelOfficial YouTube channelOfficial Facebook page.
Nearly one year after the game’s release, Senior Community Manager Edward is joined by Planet Coaster’s Lead Programmer Andrew Chappell, Lead Artist Sam Denney, and Art Director John Laws to talk about the upcoming Anniversary Update.

Elite Dangerous: The Year Ahead
Where? Official Twitch channelOfficial YouTube channelOfficial Facebook page.
Looking forward to the next year in the game’s development, Senior Community Manager Edward talks to Elite Dangerous’ Lead Designer Sandro Sammarco, Game Director Laurence Oldham, and Art Director Chris Gregory.

After Content Reveal: Frontier Expo POST-SHOW
Where? Official Twitch channelOfficial YouTube channelOfficial Facebook page.
Recap the entire day with Community Manager Bo and the developers.

Special Guests
Many content creators are attending Frontier Expo and will be putting vlogs on their channels for you to get even more backstage experiences of the entire event. Did you know that Yogscast are representing with Hat Films, Sjin, Duncan, Angory Tom and Turps), and they will host an official recap show on Monday October 9. YouTuber Ali A is also going to be there to film his experience and post stories live from the show floor.

That’s not all though; we have even more friends coming who are streaming live from the special streaming booth during the entire day. For a complete list of all of our special guests, please check this page for their streaming times and a link to their channels.

 

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.

2.4: The Return – Frontier Update

Frontier have posted some information regarding the release of 2.4: The Return on the official forum as of 7.11pm this evening.

“Hi everyone,

“We’ve been noticing a lot of conversations and speculation regarding when 2.4 will be released, and many are guessing at this week. To respond to all of these speculations in one go, in the interest of managing expectations and being open in our communications with you, we wanted to give you a clearer idea about when we’ll give you that information.

“In the stream next week on Thursday 14 September at 7PM BST, we’ll be bringing on our developers for a lore live stream where we’ll discuss some of the story in preparation for 2.4 so that you’re ready for when the update comes. We’ll also be giving more information about the launch of 2.4 The Return, and a date of when you can expect to be exploring the content for yourself!

“Thank you for your participation in the recent betas, and thank you for your patience so far. We’re excited to bring you 2.4 The Return and look forward to the discoveries that the community makes about our alien visitors.”

Frontier Expo: 2017

On the 7th October 2017 Frontier will be holding the Frontier Expo 2017 at Here East, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. As the website states,

The development of Elite Dangerous continues full throttle and we’re delighted to share with you news on what’s coming beyond 2.4 The Return.

On our Main Stage, we will be talking about exciting future developments of our major space simulation title, Elite Dangerous.

Elite Dangerous has continued to grow since it’s initial launch. With new content and new console Commanders making their way to the galaxy, Elite has never been a more thriving hub than it is today.

With our passionate and incredibly involved community at the centre of development, Elite Dangerous continues to evolve further, and we want to share with you what that future holds.

With core game play improvements planned, we know you’re eager to hear more about the year 3304 in Elite Dangerous.

Be sure to join this talk led by well-known developers and have all your questions answered.

Please note That seating is limited (front row section seating will be reserved for Founder’s Ticket holders), and standing space will be available in accordance with fire regulations. Make sure you are there ahead of time if you want to secure your place at the talks.

You can see the schedule, here. As you can see there’s plenty of other stuff going on with a reveal of Frontier’s as yet unannounced new project as well as Planet Coaster related malarkey.

Tickets are going on sale on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 12PM BST with an early bird discount running until Monday, July 31, 2017 – there’s limited availability on each ticket type, so make sure you grab yours as soon as possible! As you can see, there will be loads of goodies and special events going on for you to enjoy.

 

2.4 & Beyond….

Thargoids aside, things are pretty quiet over at Frontier Towers on any future content. Hopefully this will change fairly soon as Frontier have recently confirmed that they will not have a presence at gamescom2017 as they are going to,

“…focus on another very special event which we’ll be announcing soon.”

This is presumably in reference to the post made on the 24th May when it was said,

“We’re happy to be able to confirm that the next major updates following 2.4 will focus on core gameplay, existing features, quality of life and other improvements! We’re delighted to be investing a considerable amount of development and effort into making the core gameplay experience even better for our fantastic community or players.

“We’ll be sharing more news on that content and our road map at a very special event coming later in the year – more details on this event will be released in the weeks after E3.”

So until then don’t expect much news! However, if you are in Cologne Frontier are doing a special community meet:

If you…
– Are available on the evening of August 24, 2017 (Thursday)
– And can make it to our venue in Cologne, Germany
… then you are hereby invited to our Frontier Community Meet! We do have a limited capacity, so it’s first come, first served basis.

All you have to do is sign up to request your tickets via this Google Form, and wait for the community team to respond confirming your reserved tickets, which will disclose further information about the event (this will take a few days, so do not worry if you don’t hear from us within an hour!). The tickets will be free but please note the entry is only available to Commanders aged 18+. You can reserve up to two tickets per person. Should you need more tickets or have any questions, please email us directly at community@frontier.co.uk with the email subject “Frontier Community Meet gamescom 2017”.