Elite: Dangerous is adding in the Trappist-1 system… which was already almost there

    
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Sometimes it kind of works out this way.

If you care at all about space (and you should, because we’re all in it), you probably heard about NASA’s discovery of the Trappist-1 system with seven rocky exoplanets at the right range for water and life. It’s incredibly cool news, and it’s made even cooler by the fact that Elite: Dangerous is adding in the data for a system at the right location and distance to ensure that you can fly out there and explore it for yourself.

Of course, that’s less of an accomplishment than it might seem, because it turns out the star and the planets were already there.

All right, that’s not exactly true, but Elite: Dangerous did have a star system in just about the same place, with almost the same star and close to the right number of planets. It’s all based on the game’s predictive system, which tries to guess at what’s out there in the void even when we don’t know about it. The location will be brought in line with what we now know to be true in the next patch, but still, how nifty is it that the two line up so well?

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Scrungle

Can’t wait till when I can land on non-barren planets.

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Scratches

Shocker: Real-life space is mostly empty and barren, and E:D was designed to emulate that.

If you want lush vegetation and sentient alien organisms, you’d probably be better served by science-fantasy-based games… like SWTOR

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Robert Mann

It is fairly cool, even if it is a fluke (not saying it is either.)

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KumiKaze

I think it is pretty cool that they created a predictive system for space, but I wouldn’t throw a party for it yet. One success does not mean much in the grand scheme of space. However, I think once we find out about more systems and compare them to what Frontier’s system has predicted, it could have pretty impactful affect on how we search for exoplanets. It could give us at least a starting place to look.

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Crow

SF is very similar, actually, to the kind of models used in real, actual science. I say a lot that Elite can be distilled into being “a game by space nerds for space nerds” and it is absolutely true.

This is more of a confirmation of certain stellar constants and laws of physics which are still very little known. “Dark Matter” is still pretty much a big *shug* because it HAS to be there but we honestly have no idea why or even what it actually is.

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edangerous

What we currently have, including a couple of moons
Current System

How the system will look when the update goes live
Updated System

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xpsync

So like this is a space game?

Then how come i can just buy it and start playing right away? I don’t get it?

Shouldn’t i have to continually throw money at it for years and years, build the game into some epic monstrous amazing thing it will never be, first? Then eventually start to pray it will actually come to fruition?

It makes zero sense? You can’t just buy a game and start playing right away, lol, nice one! You’re’ just kidding around, got me!

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Robert Mann

Partially good, but you are giving Elite a little too much credit on the ‘no hyping some epic monstrous amazing thing’ part. They left out a ton of hyped features initially ‘available at launch’, although they are slowly adding them in.

I mean, I like the snark here, just that point seems to be conveniently left out.

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Scratches

You’re right, this is just a joke! Lol! Got ya!

The real game you’re looking for is Kerbal Space Program!