There’s been a renewed interest in Elite: Dangerous recently, possibly owing to the upcoming Odyssey expansion as well as the recent Fleet Carriers update in spite of its bugs. In fact, there’s been so much interest that the game has hit new concurrency highs.
At the time of this writing, Steam Charts shows an all-time peak of over 21K players, with over 11K playing an hour ago. SteamDB corroborates Steam Charts’ data while also reporting a 74% positive user review response. This peak has been a steady climb, as one redditor pointed out that the game hit a peak of just over 19K nearly 24 hours ago and another post points to a peak of over 18K the day before.
Just what are players up to? Using the carriers for mining ops, by the sound of it. “I was at Borann 2 checking out the hubub and holy crap, there’s a fuckton of carriers,” reads one player’s response on Reddit. “They seem to be servicing the fact that the miners don’t want to jump 200 LY to sell LTDs that are being mined at a rate never before seen.”
The uptick in player numbers has also apparently kept the Fuel Rats busy. “209 cases on one day, which is an all time record! Yesterday we had 201, the record before that was 152,” reports a Fuel Rat pilot. “We managed to rescue 199 of them.”