Elite: Dangerous makes it easier for friends to find you

    
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Elite Dangerous

Elite: Dangerous pilots who feel frustrated that hooking up with friends in deep space might be relieved to know that the team is preparing a nifty feature for Update 1.2 that will help in this regard.

In a forum dev post, Executive Producer Michael Brookes discusses wing beacons that can be activated to clearly show your location to any wing members in a solar system: “Your wing will be able to see the signal — regardless of distance — as long as they are in super cruise in the system; they can use it just like a wake and drop down to your location.”

Other changes coming with the next patch include the ability to transmit open broadcasts, a balance pass on repair costs, a debug camera that allows players to see their ship, and a jury-rig feature that will allow broken ships to cannibalize healthy modules to fix busted ones.

[Source: Official forums. Thanks to Cotic for the tip!]
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deganderson
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Cotic_OP deganderson I think RooWoods has the info he asked for :) My personal perspective is that it isn’t an mmo because it lacks even the basic features that all other mmo’s have, as explained in the posts above. It has more features of a solo game, multiplayer lobby style so thats the label i’ve put on it. 
Again it doesn’t say anything about the quality of the game, I’m keeping away from that since I no longer play it.

Cotic_OP
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deganderson

I
don’t think it’s quite as simple as that, for lore reasons, for design
reasons etc. Does every game that wants to qualify for the MMO moniker
have to meet a certain criteria. If that’s the case then how do we get anything different if
it all has to be the same?

32 people (exc. NPCs)
whizzing around at 300m/s is chaotic enough, not just visually but in
calculations, 64 would be a hard work and something like 1024 would be a
total nightmare. There has to be a balance between feasiblity and
playability
Remeber Elite wants to conform to a number of
scientifc rules (where possible) and therefore communications are not
FTL, so visibilty is a requirement.
The Elite series has forever
been about one pilot making their way in the galaxy, it’s not a power
sim and they’re trying to keep to those roots.

deganderson
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deganderson

Cotic_OP A massively multiplayer online game (also called MMO and MMOG) is a multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting large numbers of players simultaneously. 

– 32 player instances is not “large numbers of players simultaneously” its 32 players matched by a lobby server connected through P2P.
– Having a couple of 1000 players spread over 40 billion instances will make it even worse to meet players.
– Communicating with players is impossible unless you have a visual. Again you’re only ever connected to 32 players max. So you will never be able to talk to anyone else unless they end up in your instance.
– Organizing players in semi permanent social structures, for example guilds, is impossible. Again P2P guarantees that this will never be possible. It’s not a choice, its a technology limitation.
– Mr Braben told several times that he doesn’t want the typical mmo experience. He wants a one on one experience.

The final proof that this is a single player game with online elements? On the 13th December of last year Mr Braben still said in an interview that it is possible to do an offline mode. http://www.pcgamer.com/david-braben-on-elite-dangerous-and-the-vision-behind-the-online-requirement/#

All of this doesn’t mean it isn’t a great game, I can see that you like it and love playing it and thats great. It simply means that it’s not an mmo and that’s the question Roowoods asked.

ElMutharino
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ElMutharino

It launched December the 16th

Cotic_OP
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Cotic_OP

deganderson 
Each
instance is limited to 32 players but people move in and out of them
seamlessly – it’s not lobby style in the way that something like CoD is,
where you load into a game and those players are the only players you
see until you start a new game.

There are central servers, AWS is used for everything that is not player to player based, ie combat and communication.

The
game is online focused far more than it is single player focused, and
every (common) MMO requires authentication to play, if that’s DRM then
it’s certainly not invasive DRM.

RooWoods 

Since
release there’s been a good few additions to encourage interaction, ie
community goals, this has the knock on effect of causing more
nteraction, pirates hunting in populated areas, people teaming up to
hunt pirates, people running blockades etc.I think the chat and
the wings feature coming in March will change the game up in a big way,
at the moment if you’re not playing with friends or being super social
it can feel quite isolated, like one expects space to be, but with 1.2
it will definitely have a more typical MMO vibe in populated areas.

deganderson
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RooWoods its not an mmo, its a max 32 player instanced game. There are no hubs, guilds, global chat and no central servers. It’s P2P architecture so its prone to hacking. Just look at it as the developers proving a match making/lobby server. The mmo label seems done more for the DRM. I am fine with DRM by the way, they made it so they should be paid for it.
Elite is about the solo experience, you in a ship shooting, exploring and trading stuff. If you want multiplayer and complex social interaction then eve online is the way to go.

RooWoods
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RooWoods

How community orientated is Elite ? Is it more of a solo game with multiplayer features or are there guilds and player chat etc ? 

I remember playing Elite 2 frontier many years ago on the old Amiga and liking it but these days I like social interaction in games so I would want the chance interact with a community .

McSleaz
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McSleaz

BalsBigBrother Cotic_OP Those ridiculous ship prices are why i quit playing for now. I can only fly cargo between stations so many times before it becomes more of a job and less of a game. I’ll check back in a year, mayb they’ll have something besides space trucking then hopefully.

Defector1980
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Defector1980

yay. Really having fun with Elite. Will be able to get some friends in more easily with this.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Zeneren (mateuszpachnik) Damonvile It launched nov 14th. Time flies when you’re having fun.