The Elite: Dangerous Beta 3 Trailer showcases a number of the recent changes in the game, released as part of the Beta 3.0 expansion.
Some of these include:
- 2400 systems currently available.
- Mining as an occupation.
- Fuel scooping.
- New ships in the for of the ASP, Federal Dropship and Imperial Clipper.
- Players can own more than one ship.
- The station interface has also changes a great deal.
We have recently released a new section to showcase the new custom skins for use with Elite Dangerous, created by Frontier developments:
All custom skins are purchased from the Official Store.
Which ship skin is your favourite?
Below is the prices to serve as a guide of which minerals and metals are the most valuable:
Updated 07/04/2015 – Used for guidelines only.
Today see’s the release of Standard Beta with a number of new additions made. I will be checking how these new changes relate to Premium Beta and will verify if there have been changes to ships or system locations.
New Beta 1 Features
- 55 star systems covering 29,000 cubic light years
- Initial online mission system functionality added (to be further developed through Beta)
- Player-to-player communication by text and voice added
- Friends management and matchmaking added
- Private Group play option added
- Solo play option added
- Overview trade route mapping added
- The concept of fuel consumption added
- Docking computers added to assist with safe landings
- Additional Viper heavy fighter and Lakon Type 6 medium trader ships added
In the Frontier Developments #30 newsletter, they showcased some example ship skins for the Eagle.
The question is, which of the following skins do you prefer and why?
For me, i’m going for 06 (black) and 08 (medium blue). Some of the others looked good, but look a little too much like a kids toy.. It will be interesting to see how ships like the Cobra Mk II I and the Viper mk II look with a new paint job too.
Frontier Development have released new ship skins for the Eagle and Sidewinder as part of the Beta release. Click here for more info:
Frontier Developments have released their #33 newsletter, detailing upcoming changes and the iminent release of the next version.
On 29th July, Standard beta will be available for both the combat missions and the multiplayer game. The lifetime expansion pass will no longer be available from this date, so make sure you make the most of the opportunity to purchase all major DLC content for the reduced price.
Other topics covered are:
Peek of the Week
The Lakon Type-6 is coming along nicely and a WIP (work-in-progress) render is available here:
.. and some cockpit pics of the Lakon Type-6:
From newsletter #32, we saw another upcoming ship which looks a lot like the Viper Mk II. I have read law enforcement response is one of the things to be included in Standard Beta and the no fire areas around stations will be patrolled (or at least reinforced) by the stations defence forces.
One new addition is the possibility of purchasing paint jobs for your ships. In newsletter #30, F.D. released an example of different paint jobs (below) and in newsletter 33 they have an example of the Eagle in glorious camoflage. The specifics of how much the paint jobs will cost have not currently been stated.
The Eagle demonstrated on newsletter #33, click for the Youtube video:
Plan Your Route to Riches
Another addition coming with Standard Beta is a visual representation of the trade routes for each commodity from a given base. This is shown on the Galaxy map and suggests changes to the user interface inside the stations.
Taking screen captures with ALT+F10
There was also an overview of how Elite: Dangerous is being built with the future in mind. The rending engine supports resolutions up to 4k already, so if you press ALT+F10 for a high resolution screen capture, it created the image at 4X the current resolution.
In the video below is the official docking tutorial released during Alpha 3.0.
Also, for more information see this game play guide on docking for new players:
The Elite Dangerous E3 trailer, released in 2014, was very well received at the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) exhibition hosted in Los Angeles.
The Anaconda is currently the most expensive ship a player can own [in Premium Beta 2.02]. From the free sidewinder, the ship costs a whopping 3,863,907 CR and can be purchased from a few places including Freeport in LP 98-132.
While the Lakon type 9 has a larger cargo hold and is cheaper, the Anaconda fulfills the role of a multi-role gunship. It has a fixed mount for a class 8 plasma cannon and enough class 6 hard points for turret mounts to be added.
In the Elite: Dangerous Capital Ship Battle Video, a sidewinder pilot received a distress call from a damaged Federal battlecruiser and agrees to work as a mercenary to attack Imperial fighters.
This video was created as a work in progress and does not represent the current or finished game.