Elite Dangerous’ massive Distant Worlds 2 expedition is officially underway.
Nearly 11,000 players – and developers! – ultimately signed up for the voyage, which set out yesterday. As we’ve previously reported, the expedition will spend over 20 weeks on an outward bound trip to Beagle Point in an effort to create “the definitive massively multiplayer exploration experience.” In fact, so many people showed up that the first mass jump apparently caused some server instability.
Commanders, thank you for your patience. The Elite Dangerous servers are back online and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. https://t.co/8PBlbdA1Re
— Elite Dangerous (@EliteDangerous) January 13, 2019
Outages aside, not every ship that set out is going to make it. After all, without precise calculations we could fly right through a star or bounce too close to a supernova and that’d end our trip real quick, wouldn’t it?
Given that this is Elite Dangerous, with its history of griefers ruining events but also its history of players fighting back to restore order to the game, we expect we’ll be covering this one over and over during the course of the expedition. Bring your space popcorn.
— Elite Dangerous (@EliteDangerous) January 14, 2019