Elite Dangerous will hand out free tritium to Fleet Carriers to combat a fuel shortage

    
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Elite Dangerous will hand out free tritium to Fleet Carriers to combat a fuel shortage

You’d think in a video game where resources can just be populated at the developers’ will that a fuel shortage wouldn’t be possible, but that’s precisely what’s happening in Elite: Dangerous right now as an adjustment made in an earlier patch to fix one problem has instead spawned new problems.

Before this patch, there was a bug in mining RNG that caused low-temperature diamonds to get harvested at extremely high rates, meaning players were earning billions of credits in a matter of hours. This, in turn, caused large numbers of Fleet Carriers to be bought, and when multiple Fleet Carriers are in an area, bad things happen to player systems like lagging and crashing.

After this patch, however, the tritium resource that’s needed to fuel Fleet Carriers became so hard to find that many of these massive ships are now floating dead in the water, which would be fine if people want to play Derelict Spaceship Simulator but not for those who want to play Elite: Dangerous.

While Frontier Developments previously acknowledged the problem, a forum post last week has now confirmed that all Fleet Carriers are seeing their tritium depots filled for free while a patch for actually mining the resource is put together. A release date for this patch will be announced at some point later.

source: official forums (1, 2, 3), thanks to Stuart for the tip!

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PhoenixDfire

Makes me glad I didn’t get a carrier now.

To be honest, they should have nerfed the LTD a bout a year ago because you could get a Trade Elite Rating and a ‘A’ rated Anaconda in a matter of hours just mining (10 Hours is the record at the moment). Talk about fixing the stable door when the horse has bolted, joined a wild herd and had lots of little foals.

But the Tritium Bug, ow talk about shooting themselves in the foot. Apparently the patch has has now been delayed until August the 3rd. I seriously hope the quality of releases improve when Odyssey arrives.

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You’d think in a video game where resources can just be populated at the developers’ will that a fuel shortage wouldn’t be possible

Yeah, except ED isn’t a video game in which anything can be populated by the dev’s will. These devs lost control of this plate of spaghetti code about three years ago.

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Godnaz

Fuel Rats retire as millionaires.

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Gipfeli

funnily, being a millionaire isn’t really a big thing in ED anymore…

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Tobasco da Gama

Oh, I see what they’re doing. This is a crossover with the No Man’s Sky Desolation update.

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Hikari Kenzaki

So… am I understanding series of events here?

1) Bug/Exploit makes a bunch of people rich.
2) People buy a bunch of ships the economy can’t support with the exploited money.
3) Give economy destabilizing ships free fuel.

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Dantos

While there was indeed a mining exploit that made people very rich very fast, they also nerfed overall mining. Even with all this, some forms of mining as still fairly profitable and mining is still, by far the most profitable and safest activity in the game. Carriers could still exist in this economy imo.

Somehow the fuel yields were also nerfed along with diamond yields and people were unable to mine fuel for their carriers which left them stranded in deep space with no way to get back to civilization. So its like going on a car trip and half way through 95% of the gas stations in the country disappeared.

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PhoenixDfire

It’s more like ;-

1) Mining LTDs can make you rich really quick.
2) Exploit comes in which allows you to make even more money on top of that.
3) A lot of players mine LTDs to death to get a Fleet Carrier but at least there are plenty of places to mine carrier fuel.
4) A lot of Fleet Carriers start to fly out into the galaxy boldly going where no FC has gone before.
5) Patch Nerfs point 1 and kills point 2 but then people can’t mine Carrier Fuel.
6) A lot of exploration Carriers are now stranded. Think voyager but with no warp drive.
7) Frontier gives all fleet carriers fee fuel while they try and patch the patch.
8) People complain that they got Free Fuel.

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which would be fine if people want to play Derelict Spaceship Simulator but not for those who want to play Elite: Dangerous.

I chuckled.