Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter Four Next Week

Frontier Developments announces Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter Four gets underway a week from tomorrow on December 11th as a free update for the Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 space shooter. They this is the biggest content update for the game this year, adding two new ships, a new discovery system for exploration, advanced mining techniques, additional multiplayer options, and more. They offer this trailer to show off what's new, and provide more details on the plan to satisfy our curiosity:
A new Analysis Mode, with the improved Exploration Discovery Scanner and Detailed Discovery Scanner, is a game-changing new way for all Commanders to explore the galaxy. After an initial scan of the system, players will then be able to tune their scanners to find stellar bodies and other phenomena. Not only is this new system a more realistic, satisfying and engaging exploration experience, but also provides players with the freedom to make more informed decisions on where to look next, and be ultimately better rewarded for time spent exploring. Additionally, Commanders will have probes that can be arced onto planetary surfaces, and planetary rings, to map them in detail, locate points of interest and leave their mark on the galaxy in a new way.

New mining tools and mechanics provide a fresh, potentially lucrative mining experience for all Elite Dangerous Commanders. Miners can investigate rings to locate the best spots to start their mining sessions and identify mineral deposits within individual asteroids. Then, with the right amount of skill, can coordinate a detonation.

Squadrons is a new in-game way of uniting like-minded Commanders to support factions of their choice, take part in Community Goals together and compete for top spots in weekly leaderboards. Squadrons also feature new communication tools, including in-game chat channels, to coordinate activities across the galaxy.

Additionally, Beyond - Chapter Four also features a new lighting engine, numerous visual improvements, background simulation updates, and a number of cockpit interface changes to improve the flying experience of players.

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Dec 4, 2018, 11:22
Re: Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter Four Next Week Dec 4, 2018, 11:22
Dec 4, 2018, 11:22
Cutter wrote on Dec 3, 2018, 22:39:
Does this mean you'll be able to see what stations are paying what for item XYZ without actually having to physically visiting them?

It has been possible since launch to buy trade data for most systems with an economy from the galaxy map.
Open the map, click on the system and then it is usually the icon farthest to the right.

No one really does that though except newbs. If you want to find a lucrative trade route then 3rd party websites have always been the way to go like EDDB.

What about arriving in systems nearby stations instead of the sun and wasting 5 minutes real time to get to one.

I agree that they should have in-system jumps for the extreme distances like the infamous Hutton run* but space is vast so a certain amount of "space trucking" should be required imo.

Well, with the exploration changes you can now at least scan the system from the entry point instead of flying 300K ls to an earth-like planet at the other ass end of the system.

* infamous Hutton run = There are missions leading to the Hutton Orbital space station in the Alpha Centauri system. This station is a whooping 6,783,638 ls from the entry point at the main star, i.e. you will be traveling for approximately an hour real time.

As a "reward" and a badge of honor the devs have added a Hutton space mug as a purchasable item to the Hutton market. What sucks is that you don't really have a personal storage for market items (instead only for materials) in Elite so you can really only keep it temporarily in your cargo hold.
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