Elite Dangerous’s first Interstellar Initiative concludes with a victory for Zende Partners

    
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I feel a lot better about exploding here.

After a month of community collaboration and conflict, Elite Dangerous’s first-ever Interstellar Initiative, Bridging the Gap, has come to its conclusion. As you may recall, the event began unassumingly enough when last month players were asked to vote in a forum poll to decide on the system in which megacorporation Zende Partners would construct an outpost in search of rare Guardian technology. As the event progressed, however, players’ roles became increasingly involved, with Zende calling upon commanders to gather and deliver Guardian commodities to assist in its research efforts.

But the cooperation soon turned to conflict as rival megacorp Segnen Exchange began launching raids on Zende’s operation, creating a schism in the community as players were forced to decide which corporation they would support. Hostilities mounted as the two factions vied for control of the operation and its valuable Guardian tech, but in the end, Zende Partners and its allied commanders were able to repel the Segnen Exchange’s assaults and maintain control of the system. As a result of Zende’s victory, the company has put its amassed Guardian tech to use to begin production of a new Advanced Multi-cannon, which is now available for all players to purchase. The next Interstellar Initiative, The Enclave, will begin in mid-July, and players can expect to learn more about what lies in store in “the next few weeks.”

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Thing is, this event happened 90% in the forum and Frontier press release, and only 10% in the game. The regular simplistic tired ED game mechanics wrapped in a badly written story told in forum text. In game, “Zende Partners” was just a meaningless label on the UI. And “schism in the community”?? No. Only a handful of players took part. So few that Frontier had to lower the goal to ensure a “successful” outcome.

Game is in maintenance mode.

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That is a little unfair. Frontier admitted they made a mistake by putting the vote on the forum for a week, but the other three weeks, all the content was in game. There were over 3000 player taking part at one point (Not as many as the 14,000 that signed up for distant worlds but a lot of those players are still coming back from the far side of the galaxy).

It was nice that they had a narrative that linked the new content together. It was OK for a first attempt, but not perfect. I’m hoping they’ve learn’t their lessons for the next one in July but the game is not in Maintenance mode. We’re just not getting the huge updates we used to until the 2020 update.

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All the content was in the game???

“an outpost in search of rare Guardian technology” A copy-n-paste outpost that did nothing except buy items in the normal way.

“two factions vied for control of valuable Guardian tech” Didn’t happen. ED just can’t do that stuff, due it it being fragmented by p2p instancing.

“company has put its amassed Guardian tech to use to begin production of a new Advanced Multi-cannon” Didn’t happen… except for few clicks in the Frontier office to change some weapon copy stats.

They didn’t have a narrative that linked new content together. There was no new content to link together. The narrative was just an attempt to make the same old same old look new.

And on the number of players taking part. 3000. Out of 3,000,000 owners. 0.1% of players took part. A rather pathetic turnout, I would say.

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The outpost got a rare Technology Broker, not many outputs have them. There is now a ‘Mega-Ship’ Shuttle out to the guardian ruins to help farm Guardian artifacts, in addition to new areas to scavenge or raid for Guardian items.

There are competitive community goals, which is how a winner is determined, the side that got the most Combat Bonds Won. There’s more than just blasting other ships in the new Conflict Zones that came in in 3.4. because there are secondary objectives in the Medium and High intensity zones which make things much more interesting.

The Advanced Multi Cannon does exist, just allows you to flip between anti Thargoid and Normal Fire.

There was a narrative failure, they could have created more Lore and Galnet news to give the event more context. Hopefuly they’ll address that with the next one in July.

The issue I have is You claimed that 90% of the Initiative was on the forums when it clearly wasn’t. One week out of four is not 90%, last time I checked.

You’ve also claimed that the game is in Maintenance mode. Events like this do not happen to games in Maintenance mode. Those games don’t get events, they do not get Bug fixes and they certainly don’t get new content. All of which Elite has got in the last month alone.

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I’ll leave this discussion with the following excellent summary by redditor Progenitor001.

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It’s a shame that the [Interstellar Initiative], advertised to be super engaging, was a broken, borderline insulting community goal with pitiful rewards, and a weapon that ultimately serves no purpose, a copy pasted, lazy, absolutely bugged low effort trash. That just went to prove that the Q/A team are either just asleep, or are non existant.

It’s not just that the weapon we received is cometely broken, restocking heat sinks removes your synthesis, so does repairing, swapping modules, any action almost resets the AX “calibration”.

Why is this even a thing? When are we gonna see actual gameplay? Why is a forced mechanic based around logging in and out of main menu? Who thought this design choice was clever? Not even mentioning that if you try to relog from a guardian site you must task kill your game!! What is this??

It’s a shame that you can see so much love, the artists and sound designers go to waste by the terrible, absolutely abysmall game designers.

So many half asses mechanics, half baked.

Power play, multi crew, Horizons, CQC. Why are you working on a 2020 update for more content when your previous content is barely functional? Who decides on this moronic development cycle?

Is anyone even playing your own damn game anymore?

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Hang on your claim was that the game was in maintenance mode!

They did bug fixes, they put in new functionality last month (with more to come) and they put in the event. Just because some people weren’t happy with it is beside the point.

Games in Maintenance mode, do not get this level of support.

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Look up the word maintenance. Maintenance includes bug fixing.

And no they did not put any new functionality last month. Ticking a checkbox to enable the tech broker on a copy-and-pasted outpost is not adding new functionality.

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Then you’ve never been in a game in maintenance mode then. You don’t get bug fixes, new content or anything like live events. The servers just exists and that’s it. The last six months of the Matrix online is a good example, SOE just waiting for the game to drop below 500 so they could switch the servers off (although not realising that the vast amount of players were using their multi-game package).

Where were you for the content for new players then that came in at the end of April. The much requested starter zone, the advanced docking computer and the supercruise assist? That was new content.

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That starter zone doesn’t have any new content. It has just the more of the same randomly generated planets and stations as before. And the easy docking and cruise modes are welcome for sparing new players some of the most boring periods of so-called play, but by no stretch of the imagination are they content.

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So, the classic EVE Online paradigm where the description of the event in the Forums is better than the actual gameplay of said event itself.

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I sure am bummed that the other completely indistinguishable corporation that nobody heard of before didn’t win. What a tragic loss for all the supporters of whoever the fuck those guys were.