Frontier is continuing to pump out livestreams highlighting the details of Elite Dangerous’ Beyond Chapter Four. Yesterday, the stream’s focus was on squadrons, essentially a type of player guild in the game.
“Squadrons have been designed for Commanders who want to band together and organise themselves in-game. This might be to play together, or to focus on certain types of gameplay such as bounty hunting, Community Goals, or furthering the agenda of a faction,” Frontier says. “The aim of Squadrons is to support and augment multiplayer organisation and combined effort in-game! The Elite Dangerous community have created so many incredible out-of-game ways to organise how they play Elite Dangerous in player groups, and we would never dream of removing or replacing those systems, but Squadrons offers something for any type of player. If you form a Squadron that is looking to engage in activities such as dominating the leaderboards, taking on the Thargoids, or spreading your faction’s influence, the in-game squadron tools are designed to help you in these pursuits.”
They sound quite a bit like guilds in other MMOs, complete with ranks, applications, chat channels, and leaderboards. Do note it’s not yet clear whether players can join more than one at a time, but it kinda looks like not.
MOP reader and tipster Colin kindly passed along his take on the squadron feature if you’re up for a closer look at that!