Elite Dangerous is seriously reducing the cost of fleet carriers following beta feedback


Elite Dangerous’ fleet carriers beta has been up barely a week, but already Frontier is walking back some of the changes.

Last week, players venturing into the test realm were pretty grumpy over the realization that they’d be paying through the nose to actually prep your account to own one, thanks to additional shipyard, outfitting, and upkeep fees. “Debt Carriers,” they were dubbed on the forums.

Frontier is addressing that, though, by reducing additional fees by 80 to 90%, cutting upfront activation costs of some services by 35 to 45%, and slashing core running costs by half. “The total running costs for a Fleet Carrier with all services active will be reduced by a total of 85.5%,” the studio says.

“The debt threshold has been updated in line with the upkeep changes. This means with all services installed, a carrier can go 10 weeks (up from 4) without paying upkeep before being issued a final warning. This is designed to relieve the pressure of carrier management, leaving more time for focus on other activities. While the debt threshold will be lower, Fleet Carrier owners will have more time to maintain the upkeep costs.”

Source: Official site. Thanks, Stuart!
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