The Elite: Dangerous website
notes that Frontier Developments' space-based MMOG is in the process of
upgrading, as today is the launch of the game's free Powerplay expansion. This
updates the game to version 1.3, and the complete patch notes are in
this forum post
though it may take a couple of days to read through them all. Here's a
here's a summary of what this adds:
Powerplay is the third major free
update for Elite: Dangerous and the largest to date, introducing new ships, new
features and an all-new strategic layer to the Elite: Dangerous galaxy.
In Powerplay, players can pledge allegiance to one of a number of galactic
Powers and join the battle for interstellar conquest and control. Players can
guide their chosen faction’s strategy, take on special objectives to advance
their shared cause, and dominate Elite: Dangerous’ full-scale Milky Way galaxy
Players are rewarded with valuable perks, reputation bonuses and unique
equipment for their allegiance as they defend their territory and conquer human
space. Every action taken in Powerplay will have a direct and visible impact on
the balance of galactic power for all players.
Powerplay’s new strategic layer connects with and enhances every aspect of the
Elite: Dangerous experience, and headlines an immense free update containing
hundreds of upgrades and new features, including:
- An enhanced mission system with new objectives and
new ways to play.
- Three new ships: the Lakon Diamondback Scout,
Lakon Diamondback Explorer and the Imperial Courier.
- Drones for cargo collection, fuel trading and
- A new illustrated GalNet newsfeed, accessible
directly in players’ ship UI.
- High and low intensity mining sites, adding risk
to mining and increasing potential rewards.
- New minable commodities.
- An updated bounty system.
- Upgraded UI and animated emblems for ranking up.
- Numerous other improvements to gameplay and
The new Powerplay trailer is available here. Elite: Dangerous is available
now for PC and Mac, and is coming to Xbox One, the all-in-one games and
entertainment system from Microsoft, in 2015.