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.”