Beta testing starts for Elite: Dangerous’ Powerplay update

    
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Someone take the helm.

The next major update for Elite: Dangerous is going to really shake up how the game is played. The Powerplay update previewed a month ago updates the bounty system and adds two new ships, but the centerpiece of the update is the new factional metagame that gives the update its name.

If you missed earlier previews, here’s the scoop: The core of it is a power struggle on the galactic scale, with players championing factions of their choice through various assignments. Take out enemies of your chosen faction, deliver valuable resources, and generally serve as a paragon of your chosen group. Beta players can download the update today to test it out.

Source: Official beta post; thanks to Phoenix_Dfire for the tip!
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Vikingr
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Cotic_OP 
I heard a rumor about PVP-ers flocking to a specific system in ED, to meet others who want to PVP. I think it’s a great solution to those who want to PvP but can’t find anyone to PvP with. Do you know what this system is called?
I’d like to know so I can avoid going into that system) :)

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solipsis

PhoenixDfire solipsis Thanks guys. Factions in short.

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solipsis Think of it like a gigantic version of Risk, where you’re the equivalent of one of the game pieces. However, as opposed to the pieces in the board game, the player’s have the choice of which missions to run, where to trade or where to fight in order to support the faction you’ve joined.

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solipsis 
This newsletter covers it quite well – http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=dcbf6b86b4b0c7d1c21b73b1e&id=b0a8ebba0b

solipsis
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solipsis

Can someone summarize what this Power Play is for me? I’ve watched the video below it confuses me :(

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Looking forward to seeing this on live. It looks like it will shake things up a lot and hopefully it can do that while still being fun to play.

Cotic_OP
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Cotic_OP

Some really fun changes in the beta, the 2 new ships are great and very affordable, mining is actually fun when using drones (this surprised me!), the earnings from mining seem much more reasonable as well, not Anaconda or T9 trading levels but decent enough.
The bounty hunting missions are much more in line with what they’re meant to entail, ie finding, interdicting and blowing up your target rather than frustating USS hopping. Missions have much more varied requirements, local rep and pilot ranking for example, so adding sense of progression. The AI is miles better than live.
The factional stuff looks really interesting, some nice rewards and modules depending on who you pledge to, should really shake the game up, escpecially if certain factions are hostile to each other.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Popcorn ready.