Fleet Carriers can once again jump in Elite Dangerous Odyssey as Frontier boss David Braben apologizes for launch issues

    
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David Braben, CEO and founder of Frontier Developments, would like to offer his apologies to the wider Elite: Dangerous playerbase for the ongoing rocky launch of the Odyssey expansion, which is still seeing a wide variety of issues plague an otherwise active launch experience at the time of this writing.

“First and foremost, I would like to apologise wholeheartedly to those who have been suffering from these problems. I would like to reassure you that we take these issues very seriously and that they are our top priority and focus,” Braben wrote. “I would like to thank you all for your patience and support. The Elite Dangerous community has always been at the heart of the game. We understand that there are a number of players who have had problems accessing and playing the game and I can assure you that we are focusing fully on improving this for those affected and communicating with you openly and regularly about how these issues are being addressed.”

On the subject of fixes, the game had a second hotfix applied yesterday to further attack Orange Sidewinder errors, improve stability, and squash a variety of bugs. The devs also recently allowed Fleet Carriers to jump from system to system once again, which readers will recall was temporarily turned off in the interest of stabilizing the game’s servers. Carrier owners are advised that there might be a delay in-between jumps

With that all said, a wide variety of players are still reporting on Twitter that Orange Sidewinder errors are still cropping up, among a variety of issues. Frontier has simply stated in a couple of replies that the devs are still working to tackle this particular hydra. As for the community, there’s a bit of a Steam review bombing going down, while the subreddit is a mixture of bug footage, some vista appreciation screenshots, some helpful tips, and even at least one profession of enjoyment despite the launch bugbears.

sources: official forums (1, 2), Twitter, Steam, Reddit. Cheers, Stuart!
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Greaterdivinity

Apparently FDev’s fiscal quarter ends…you guessed it, May 31. So it sure seems like this was forced out the door for quarterly reporting purposes. Once again rushing to keep investors happy in the short term leads to longer term problems and damage to their reputation.

I’ve been kinda excited for this, but at this point I’m giving it a hard-pass until the team gets the time it needs to sort the issues (seems like the planetary tech is a huge step backwards, sadly) and wait for a sale. Damn shame, because it seemed like the consistent feedback I saw from folks actually testing was that it needed more development time and testing before rolling out.

But hey, they might have better revenue to report this quarter and at the end of the day does anything else matter for the folks making the business decisions? Probably not, Braben can take his “wholehearted” apology and stuff it. I know nothing about him, but this singular data point does not place him in any esteem in my view.

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Aaron Weddle

i enjoy it despite the bugs I can see the progress they made from alpha to launch it barely ran above 20 FPS On my machine During alpha i’m getting 30’s and 40’s on planet’s now… ( i dont care about 60 FPS or any of that shit ) as long as its playable its a win in my book. Expansion launches are always and have always been rough…. NO expansion launch from everquest to world of Warcraft has ever gone entirely as planned

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Ok_Chip261

Chris, it looks like you put the wrong page on the Steam Review Bombing link. The real Odyssey page shows bombing far worse. Down to 34% and still falling.

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Alberto

Jeebus..its launch there are always issues at launch.

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styopa

But that excuse only goes so far.
The alpha was TERRIBLE, and many people raised the same serious issues that they’re raising now. Nothing changed.

The ui is a damned disaster.

Yes, launch issues can cover “way too many ppl logging in” or some edge case computer specs our client server desynch due to excessive load.
“Launch issues” does not excuse a ui that literally showed less, and takes more clicks to do so, than the old version. “Launch issues” doesn’t excuse bait and switch heavily-promoted alpha renderings that look nothing like that in game. Basic game functions are broken.

This isn’t launch day stress, this isn’t weird esoteric issues…this is core stuff that an alpha and beta testing cycle should have caught.

I like elite. I enjoyed horizons. I’ll play Odyssey. But no time soon.

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Ok_Chip261

Not always issues that crash the reviews score like this. In fact very rarely does a game launch in a state this bad.

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EmberStar

Does it even count as “review bombing?” I thought that was “player protests against something not game related or unrelated to this game by posting bad reviews.” This is just… reviewing a DLC that apparently sucks. It’s not review bombing, say, the movie “Pixels” to say that it blows chunks, that’s just a statement of fact.

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MasterOfPuppets

Mixture of things.

It’s a massive, honest response to the atrocious state of the expansion at launch.

But there is a thread on the official forums asking people to go and mark it as “Early Access” on Steam to act as a warning to potential buyers. I agree with the criticism, but that part isn’t organic.

However, there’s also a tiny cadre of obssessives on the official forums who, like for most crowd funded games especially ones based upon games from their childhood (cough, SotA, cough) treat any criticism as being a personal assault upon their own memories and emotions, and thread after thread keeps going up on the official forums demanding people stop expressing their actual experience with Odyssey. So some of the traffic to Steam is so people can actually get their criticism out in a location they can either control or disable comments on, without being brow-beaten by people who say “You don’t like this, you must hate puppies and children too, you Hitlers”. So you have an accidental blowback which is part a response to people trying to push the narrative in the supportive direction too.

But there is at least no real money trading manipulation of reviews, because there’s no way to sell the rare skins etc in game or outside of Frontier’s own store.

If you guessed that even Frontier’s new store purchased cosmetics are broken then you’ve probably played Odyssey too and know why it’s getting such horrendous reviews. Some don’t appear, some break the suit torch so you can’t see anything in buildings or at night…

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Greaterdivinity

Given the extent of the problems I’ve been reading about, and the frustration from the issues discovered during the alpha indicating more time was needed, I’m wondering if “review bombing” is even accurate. It’s not just server issues, this isn’t near as bad but it reminds me a bit of the UE4 Leviathan expansion fiasco (currently the lowest rated game/DLC on Steam). An obviously unready expansion that was rushed out the door when it clearly needed a lot more time and work, from companies that should have had the funding to give the team that time.

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Vanquesse V

The expansion is buggy, has incredibly poor optimization and there’s no where near enough variations for planetary bases.
But it’s not even remotely as bad as Leviathan.
I think 33% is a bit on the low end when you compare Odyssey to other games with that rating, but people hitting “not recommended” are doing so because they’re unhappy with the product and for very good reason.
It’s not a review bomb.

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I could be mistaken. But my understanding of “review bombing” is that it’s a deluge of bad reviews that have nothing to do with the game *getting* those reviews. “Review bombing” in this case would be people going to the store pages for Planet Coaster and Planet Zoo and the Jurassic World game and dumping all over those because this DLC sucks. If they’re limiting their bad reviews to the DLC the review is for… that’s just giving their opinion on a shitty DLC. (Again, in my opinion. I’m not “The Internet,” so I don’t get to define these things.)

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Greaterdivinity

That’s my understanding. Stuff like BL2 being bombed at launch on Steam because BL3 was an EGS exclusive. It doesn’t fit at all here, people are giving it poor reviews based purely on the quality of the expansion itself, not anything FDev has done separately.