Elite Dangerous announces Odyssey alpha phase 4 start date and details of character snapshot timing

    
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The final phase of Odyssey’s alpha is coming a lot sooner than maybe some players of Elite: Dangerous expected. Shortly following the announcement of the expansion’s May 19th release on PC, Frontier Developments offered some dates and details for the final phase of alpha testing.

The test itself will kick off on Wednesday, April 28th, and will focus primarily on Odyssey’s feature set compatibility with the current game’s mechanics. This means that player characters in the live game are being “snapshotted” and carried over to the alpha build, though the only things transferring over are the ship currently being piloted and the character’s credit balance, and while Fleet Carriers will not be carried over, the ability to purchase them in the alpha will be available.

This snapshotting process has already begun, while the alpha servers are going to be taken down on Monday, April 26th, for maintenance and brought back up on the 28th, which will also be the date when phase 4’s patch notes will be available.

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PhoenixDfire

So we get a week; that’s not too bad but I had hoped for longer. I must admit to having a little bit of disappointment with the exploration mechanics so far. I’m not too worried about the minigame being removed but it’s worrying about the lack of plant variety (Similar to how NMS was in the beginning) and how difficult it is to find some. The fact that you’ve scan the same plant type three times before starting on the next one is a little frustrating.

On the positive, I’m having fun with the FPS stuff. It seems perfectly acceptable and the new atmospheric planets are stunning to be standing and walking around. The planets feel real, unlike the aforementioned NMS. Now that I’ve got the hang of the combat, I’m actually having fun (despite when I’m being ganked in open, but hey, it’s only a test).

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Ok_Chip261

You managed to find a convincing atmospheric planet? I think you must be the only one. All I’ve seen is a week haze effect around the sun, and others on the official forum are saying the same.. Those high-quality coloured skies in the trailers, well that’s the only place there are. No-one has found any in the game, even by visiting the same planets.

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PhoenixDfire

They’re not in the alpha. We get them on the 19th of May. Mindy you, when I got lucky. I was walking around a load of plants just as the sun rose and that was stunning. If that’s with incomplete lightening tech, then when the other atmospheres’ come in, it will look great.

Just a little disappointed about some of the Exploration mechanics. They need to add something like harvesting materials or commodities from these plants otherwise I don’t think it will hold peoples Interest.

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Captain Blood

The Alpha doesn’t end until the 5th of May now, and the entire player character’s roster of ships will be snapshotted too:

https://forums.frontier.co.uk/threads/elite-dangerous-odyssey-alpha-extension.573060/

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Ok_Chip261

The final phase of Odyssey’s alpha is coming a lot sooner than maybe some players of Elite: Dangerous expected.

I do not get this comment. This alpha update is coming two days before the end of the alpha test, when the alpha server gets shut off. Like who could have expected it to be any later??

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Vanquesse V

They are doing a snapshot of the live game 2 days before they shut the alpha server down to prepare it for phase 4