Frontier isn’t exactly known for running bonus weekends, but it’s doing just that in Elite Dangerous as it joins the throng of online games vying for your eyeballs during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
“We’re pleased to announce that, starting from May 24 to May 30, we will be introducing an extended ‘Bonus Weekend’, which will bring temporary but lucrative bonuses to the galaxy!” the studio says.
“The bonuses we will activate for this period are as follows: All profits from trading activities will be increased (the amount of profit will vary depending on what you are shipping and where you’re shipping it to. Rare commodities are excluded from this bonus.) The materials requested for engineering recipes will be at one rank below the existing ones (cheapening the current cost of engineering your modules.) Whether you’re a penniless pauper or a wealthy space-tycoon, it’ll pay to haul this weekend, so dust off your freighters and get out there! Oh, and if you need a little extra jump-range, the engineers have you covered!”
The Elite playerbase is actually not entirely happy about the event, with some on the forums criticizing the lack of immersive lore behind it, its “artificial” and “gimmicky” nature, grind, and their preference for fresh gameplay instead. Other people think it just won’t work. It’s a weird day when Reddit appears to be the bastion of positivity. It’s just a bonus weekend, guys. Welcome to MMOs.
“We just think it’s a fun event for the community and it could bring back a few old players who may not have tried out the new features since the latest updates,” Community Manager Will Flanagan explains.
Commanders, start your FSDs and get ready for the first Elite Dangerous "Bonus Weekend"! From May 24 – May 30, trading profits will be increased and the cost of Engineering will be lowered! Check out the full details here: https://t.co/HXCS5h5VMy pic.twitter.com/MMC6413CK1
— Elite Dangerous (@EliteDangerous) May 21, 2018