Frontier Developments takes to
Steam to announce details for Elite Dangerous: Beyond, season three
for the space combat game (thanks K). They say chapter one of the season will
begin beta testing on January 25th, confusingly saying this is both "open to
everyone on PC and Mac" but also calling it "the open beta coming to all PC
Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons players." Word is: "The beta
includes new content, changes and improvements for both Elite Dangerous and
Elite Dangerous Horizons players. In order to access all of the content, you
will require Elite Dangerous Horizons." Here's more on what this will add:
New Ship: Chieftain
Elite Dangerous Horizons Commanders will also be able to take to the stars in
the new Alliance Chieftain, designed not only to dish out punishment, but to
avoid it. Manufactured by Lakon Spaceways, the Chieftain is more maneuverable
than ships of similar size and weight, and its combat profile means it can more
than hold its own in a fight.
Improved Core Mechanics
Chapter 1 of Beyond will bring improvements to some of Elite Dangerous' core
mechanics, including accessibility enhancements to the engineering mechanics, an
overhaul of mission rewards and big changes to crime and punishment. We’ll be
sharing more information on the changes to Crime and Punishment, and the
Engineers in a future post here on the forums and in the livestreams mentioned
Chapter 1 of Beyond will give you the chance to take on wing missions with your
fellow Commanders, sharing both the efforts and rewards.
Revised Trade Data
Commanders will now be able to access trade data from systems they have
previously visited, in order to make more informed decisions when shipping goods
across the Milky Way.
Planetary Visual Improvements
Chapter 1 also includes the first of the planetary visual improvements coming as
part of the Beyond series of updates (with more surface level improvements
coming later in the year) bringing a new vibrancy to the Elite Dangerous galaxy.
With the introduction of GalNet Audio, you will be able to catch up on the
latest news from across the galaxy without ever leaving the action.