Elite Dangerous' “Beyond” beta is launching quickly, will be free and open to all PC players
Frontier has introduced that its first Elite Dangerous open beta of 2018, designed to collect pre-release suggestions on the brand new Beyond replace, will begin on January 25th.
Beyond is the identify of Elite Dangerous’s incoming season of content material updates, and it differs considerably to the earlier Horizons season. Where Horizons was a paid-for growth, focussing on huge marquee additions to the Elite universe, Beyond is a sequence of free updates largely constructed round long-requested high quality of life enhancements to the core Game.
When Frontier introduced Beyond at its inaugural expo occasion in London final yr, it defined that the brand new season would be cut up into four components. It’s the primary of those, identified merely as Chapter One, that will enter open beta on Thursday, January 25th.
Chapter One introduces the Chieftain ship – a brand new Alliance craft designed by in-game producer Lakon Spaceways – that is “more maneuverable than ships of similar size and weight, and […] can more than hold its own in a fight”, in accordance to Frontier.
Elsewhere, Chapter One brings some much-requested updates to Elite’s core mechanics, together with accessibility enhancements to the Game’s Engineering system, an overhaul of mission rewards, and main adjustments to Crime and Punishment.
It will additionally, in the end, see the arrival of correct Wing missions that may be tackled by a fleet of up to four Commanders, all providing shared rewards.
There are welcome enhancements for merchants too, and Commanders will quickly be ready to entry commerce knowledge from any system they’ve visited beforehand. As Frontier places it, this could assist players “make more informed decisions when shipping goods across the Milky Way”.
Chapter One will additionally introduce GalNet Audio, enabling Commanders to have Elite’s in-game information service learn out to them throughout a flight. This could show extra important than it sounds, and might probably assist draw extra focus to Elite’s ongoing narrative parts and occasions, provided that Galnet will not stay solely within the area of these prepared to park up and wade by way of pages of textual content, reasonably than taking part in the precise Game.
Last however not least, Chapter One will characteristic the primary steps in a significant visible overhaul for the Game, designed to give extra vibrancy to the galaxy. This first cross will concentrate on bettering planetary visuals from orbit (and will hopefully put an finish to Elite’s relentless procession of boring, beige planets), with floor degree enhancements due towards the tip of the yr.
The upcoming beta is notable for being the primary free, open beta that Frontier has staged in a while – previously, Elite’s beta occasions have required a small admission charge. “Because of the huge number of core feature enhancements, the introduction of a new ship, and other numerous additions and improvements”, explains Frontier, “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.”
This extra inclusive strategy will hopefully assist Frontier make changes and design choices equally suited to a extra relaxed viewers, and not simply the play-styles of these ready to dedicate enormous parts of time to the Game.
Frontier says it will publish a full listing of beta adjustments on launch day, Thursday January 25th, and will supply a more in-depth have a look at Chapter One’s new options in its livestreams on Tuesday January 16th at 7pm GMT and Thursday January 18th at 7pm GMT.
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