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    Elite: Dangerous: 2.4 The Return AND BEYOND

    by ScratchnSniff0

    Greetings Commanders!

    Today Frontier Developmentsb(here on referred to as FDEV) hosted the Frontier Expo 17, during which the relayed a lot of juicy news related to all their games that they are working on, including what is going on this year with ‘Elite: Dangerous.’

    Beyond

    FDEV called the last season of updates ‘Horizons,’ and they are calling this new year of updates ‘Beyond’ and it will be free to all ‘Horizons’ players. They said they will be focusing on three principles – Core Gameplay, Narrative, and New Features...that complement and build on those two. According to the road map they displayed, this will be accomplished in four updates (with other updates in between). They are tentatively called Q1 – Content Update – Content Update – Q4.

    ‘Horizons’ is not finished however, and they still will be releasing new content in the latest patch ‘The Return.’

    Squadrons

    There was a lot of new features they were discussing, but one of the more important new features, to me at least, that will be released is the Squadrons feature. It seems to function similarly to guilds in other MMOs. They will be player run and have tools designed to make communication easier and allow easier play of missions. They will also have the opportunity to buy squadron ‘carrier ships’ so that the squadron can have a mobile base to refuel, reload, etc. While this is exciting, this feature is slated for their Q4 update, so it will be much later in the year. This will, however, allow you guys time to make more money for carrier ships before they come out!

    Ships

    New ships will be coming during the season!
    1. The Type 10 is part of this current release so nothing was said specifically about it, but at one time a teaser for the rest of the season was ran and it showed what looked like a massive version of the Type 9. I predict this will be the Type 10, and it looks like it will take up the ENTIRE mail slot of the stations!
    2. The Krait – A throwback to the original Elite games, this looks to be about the size of a Vulture, but there was nothing to compare size to.
    3. The Chiefton – This ship looked like something out of Star Citizen, it is really cool looking and looks like its ready for some action! It is a Alliance/Lakon design. (For you Alliance people out there!)
    4. Other Alliance Ships – They’ve dropped hints that other ships would be released and that these would also be Alliance/Lakon ships! Should I hold my breath for a Panther Clipper do you think?



    Other Features being reworked
    1. Wings – Missions specifically for wings
    2. Galnet Audio – You can have the Galnet News items read to you by the computer during flight
    3. Mining – Will get MUCH love and attention, better toolkits, deep core blasting being looked at.
    4. Planets – Major graphical update, less beige, more other colors. Fog, more varied terrain, etc.
    5. Trade – Will be getting better tools for making more money!
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