Elite Dangerous’ Beyond – Chapter Four is live today with exploration, background sim, and guilds

    
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The fourth chapter of Elite Dangerous’ Beyond campaign is live today, and if it seems as if we’ve been covering it forever, that’s only because Frontier has been remarkably good at explaining its changes ahead of time in a staggering number of streams and dev posts.

Chapter four 3.3 includes the promised exploration overhaul, the new ship codex, the heavily revamped faction system, new scenarios, new ships and megaships, new mining processes, cockpit UI tweaks, and squadrons, which is basically a full-fledged guild system.

It does sound like this is the last big update for a while; this past summer, Frontier made it clear that it was already working on the “next major landmark” for the “next era of Elite,” something “scheduled to release a considerable time after the final update in the Beyond series.”

If my napkin math is correct, the servers should be up around 1 p.m. EST today. Ish. Enjoy!

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Source: Patch notes. Cheers, Cotic!
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thirtymil

I’ve avoided the beta so I’m looking forward to trying out a few things – the SRV nightvision, new scenarios and might go looking for a megaship. And hurrah, they’ve fixed the lower gun bay doors clipping on the Anaconda (not that my Conda had guns, it was all minelayers when I flew her).

The one thing that will make such a big difference to me – seriously – is the indicator light to tell me if I’ve got the external lights on. I’m not joking when I say that’s probably going to be my favourite quality of life feature this year. I used to work it out by the sound (it went up in pitch switching them on and down switching them off) but that meant a second toggle half the time.

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BalsBigBrother

I should jump into this and have been waiting on this update launch to play Elite Dangerous again. Sadly, I don’t think I will have the time to give it a shot this year.

I am happy to bank this one away for the New Year when I hope I will be able to give it the time it deserves and dive back into the best space trucking simulator that has been released to date. :-)

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Hopefully they can grow beyond that stereotype with the changes being focused on Mining and exploration QOL revisions.

… But it is doubtful.

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BalsBigBrother

I am not saying that in a derogatory manner I enjoy being a space trucker its relaxing for me. Being a space trucker doesn’t stop me exploring or mining either :p