Elite Dangerous’ Beyond Chapter Four launches December 11


Elite Dangerous commanders haven’t got long to wait for their next big thing: Frontier announced this morning that December 11th will be the day for Beyond Chapter Four, the hefty content release the studio’s been previewing over the last couple of months.

In addition to the new squadron system that incorporates standard MMO guild tropes, the update will add new mechanics for mining as well as significant upgrades for explorers.

“The Analysis Mode with the improved Exploration Discovery Scanner and Detailed Discovery Scanner, is a game-changing, brand new way for all Commanders to explore the Milky Way galaxy. After the initial scan of the system, you will then be able to tune your scanners to find stellar bodies and other phenomena. Not only is this new system a more realistic, satisfying and engaging exploration experience, but now you will be able to make more informed decisions on where to look next, and you will be more rewarded for your time spent exploring. Commanders will now have probes at their disposal to map the planetary surfaces, and planetary rings, in detail, to locate points of interest and leave your mark on the galaxy in a different way.”

Enjoy the patch trailer!

Source: Official site. Cheers, Colin!

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really looking forward to this update! Been running missions at the moment to get some minor upgrades !

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Faster than I expected, I’ll probably still be between the bubble and Colonia when it hits then.
Oh well, the change of mechanics halfway through will do me good.


Excellent. Been waiting for this to drop so I can dust off my sticks and get back to it. Now to set up a mining rig as I’m just going to swap my exploration build over to the Krait Phantom. Stocked up on some Black Friday paints as well so it’s time to paint things black out in The Black. Heh.