Expansion into the Witch Head Nebula is the next community goal for Elite: Dangerous players

    
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Commanders who are extremely active in all things Elite: Dangerous have likely been looking forward to the space sandbox’s next community goal. Yesterday gave us the answer: a concerted effort to harvest resources in the Witch Head Nebula. The only question now is which group you align with in order to tap this new vein of material.

The Alliance, the Empire, and the Federation are all looking to cut themselves a sweet, steamy piece of that meta-alloy lasagne and bring galactic civilization to the area, and they’re recruiting players to help out. This particular community goal will be open for players from now until Monday, July 22nd.

In other Elite: Dangerous news, Frontier CEO David Braben recently spoke with the folks at GamesIndustry about his 25 years in game development, from the days with Microsoft to the company’s slow transition to self-publisher. If you like getting the behind-the-curtain side of the business of games, it’s worth a read.

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Micheal Qualls

The reason I haven’t played lately is because I have to remap my controls. After building a new computer and more features added to the game… Mapping controls is a headache. I’ll get to it again. But it’s super annoying. I have 2 t.16000m sticks. I love using them, but again… Mapping every button is a headache. So is getting voice attack to work properly. But I’ll get to it. The game is worth it. Especially if they add atmospheric worlds.

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Kane Hart

I tried the game a few times but I’m really really really bad at flying and I’m about 1000 times worse at combat. I think sadly I’m vision is a bit weak as I spend most my time spinning in circles in combat :(

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There aren’t many commanders left to look forward to it. Steam shows average players last month the lowest for three years. Which is probably why the community goals which used to be regular weekly have been cut to a couple a month. And Frontier have announced game extra purchases will soon be allowed only through premium virtual currency, a fairly sure sign ED is moving to free-to-play.

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Your Honor

That’s fairly inaccurate.

They have recently announced that you are now going to be able to earn premium currency which will allow you to purchase cosmetic items for your ships. Which will essentially open up cosmetics to everyone, not just the people who are willing to spend actual money on them as you currently can’t get them any other way.

Frontier has also stated multiple times that Elite will never go free to play. They also have announced a while ago that they have a paid expansion pack in the works for late 2020 for the game which further supports the claim that the game will not be going free to play.

Player numbers on steam do not account for people who play through Frontiers launcher exclusively. Having said that though, it is likely that player numbers have dropped quite a bit due to lack of updates. It’s a risky tactic Frontier is employing by focusing on the expansion pack whiles neglecting live game as it is now. It may pay off.

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To add to this; it’s summer time as well. Numbers always drop this time of the year.

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Some news for you: last year had a summer. And so did the year before. But neither had ED player numbers as low as they are now.

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Fully accurate. You need to pay proper attention to what Frontier has actually said. They have not said Elite will never go free to play. Their last announcement said

“we currently have no plans to change Elite Dangerous over to a free-to-play model”

Notice the weasel-wording, with the word currently.

And they have not said there they have a paid expansion pack in the works for late 2020. They’ve conspicuously avoided calling the 2020 release an expansion pack or even DLC. They’ve said only that it is an update. Which a switch to free-to-play would definitely be.

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Well of course they’re not specifically excluding the possibility of going F2P at some point in the future.
Why would or should they do that, they’d just tie up their own hands with such a statement.
And, having paid proper attention to what Frontier actually said, the big 2020 release will not be F2P.
Quote: “As mentioned in our previous post, this new era will be paid for content and all lifetime expansion pass owners will have this included in their pass.”
Source:https://forums.frontier.co.uk/threads/important-community-update-01-03.479122/

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I don’t know why anyone would believe Frontier’s premium content promise for next year given they broke their premium content of last year, and still haven’t made good on the premium content they advertised four years ago when selling Lifetime Expansion Passes.

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PhoenixDfire

I got the LEP. Got a load of free cosmetic stuff from the store at the end of Beyond. Got Horizon’s and we’re getting the 2020 update as promised. Don’t see an issue with that to be honest.

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Players paid up to $200 for a Lifetime Expansion Pass and got only one of the five advertised expansions work $40 before FD decided to shit on players, stop doing expansions and switch the game’s business model to cash-shop cosmetics.

If you don’t see an issue with that, you’re blind.

“we’re getting the 2020 update as promised.”

Says the company that completely reneged on last year’s promised premium content.

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PhoenixDfire

They denied a move to Free to play at Lavecon. It’s a way to streamline the store across PC, X-Box and PS4.

These interstellar initiatives are replacing the community goals with more narrative based events. This is only the second one, however, the first one wasn’t the greatest. Hoping this one improves.

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“It’s a way to streamline the store across PC, X-Box and PS4.” You need to read the announcement properly. Arx doesn’t just streamline the store, it switches game extras over entirely to the standard premium currency model used by free-to-play games, in which the player grinds to earn premium currency to buy a cosmetic item until he gives up in exasperation and plays real money to buy the premium currency instead.

And ask yourself how many Arx points will be needed to buy a fleet carrier.

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Frontier have not broken their promises as far as cosmetic only micro transactions, no pay to win and no LootBoxes (or surprise mechacinics) . There won’t be a Fleet Carrier for Arx, but there might be a Fleet Carrier Ship Skin that will cost a lot of arx, but only if they allow squadron to pool arx.

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“There won’t be a Fleet Carrier for Arx”

Fantasy. Frontier has said nothing of the sort.