Elite: Dangerous looks ahead to 1.4 ‘CQC Championship’ patch

    
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Elite: Dangerous has held its first dedicated convention and is already racing ahead to its next major update. “We’re looking at weeks, rather than months as has been speculated,” Frontier says. The central focus of patch 1.4 — close-quarter combat — was discussed at E3, but the development team this weekend debated a few further inclusions beyond that central feature set that should be of interest to dedicated players. For example, the update will bring new ships along with it for those of you tired of flying the same old thing through the galaxy.

Discussion was also had regarding allowing minor player-controlled factions to become bigger players in the game’s environment along the lines of the existing NPC factions. Anaconda pilots will be happy to know that the ship’s power plant will be slightly more difficult to destroy now, following feedback that it’s just too easy to disable the ship with a solid shot. More details are set to be released soon, but fans have already had their appetites whetted.

Source: Development Update; thanks to Phoenix for the tip!
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ernie the bernie
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ernie the bernie

Let’s hope this update will be better than that last ones, which, to be honest have been a big disappointment to players still waiting for the features that Braben promised two years ago when raising backing for the game on Kickstarter. The last update PowerPlay was the worst of the lot., adding a load of new bugs to the game and rejected by 80% of players.  https://archive.is/0u9Qw .

Here’s hoping the next update will be an improvement

PhoenixDfire
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PhoenixDfire

deganderson Cotic_OP Only when the MMO is ‘Sunsetted’ will you get an offline server.

deganderson
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deganderson

Cotic_OP Will they finally announce the single player, moddable version? Hope never dies ;)

Thoemse
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Thoemse

Lheiah Completely agreed! I play on and off because i saw most of the existing content. I do love the game for being brilliant in VR.
I also bought the expansion pass and it makes me happy to see that they keep adding content. The real “expansions” are yet to follow.
Yes content is limited but this game is here to stay and you can feel it. They don’t work on the next game (PCars 2 cough). They want o make this game as good as possible and keep earning money from expansions wich is a good thing.

I am also a Star Citizen backer and i can’t wait for that game but it will take quite a long time still. I think it is great ED has a different approach and gives us a great spacesim now while we wait for others to come.

Kataq
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Kataq

Lheiah Same here. I’ve been too busy with other stuff to dip in recently, but it’s an experience I found myself coming back to again and again. It’s been like that since I picked up premium beta 13 months ago.

rioinsignia
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Cotic_OP Well, from experience I’ve found that what devs find “exciting” may not incur the same level of excitement in the target audience.  Sometimes even the most modest of expectations are apparently too high for the devs to aim for.
If that happens, I hope you won’t be too disappointed.

Lheiah
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Lheiah

It seems quite a few folks find this game mundane, but I really like how they got the core game up and running, and now are constantly adding to the experience. Think this is a recipe for a steady and growing life span for the game.

I jump in here and there, but I’m really glad I picked up the life time xpacs when it was available.

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Cotic_OP

Looking forward to trying out CQC but what I’m really waiting to hear is
their announcement at Gamescom, latest newsletter had this snippet “The
Elite: Dangerous team has never been bigger, and we’re working long
hours and weekends to have our major announcement ready in time for
Gamescom. It’s something we’ve be building to for a long time and
something we can’t wait to reveal. You’ll hear all about that when
Gamescom opens to the press on August 5.”