This is the big one; the one we’ve all been waiting for! Newsletter #41 has announced the launch date for Beta 2. Oh yeah!
Planned new features:
- Implementation of pilot rankings
- Implementation of pilot ratings
- 500 systems, in a volume of space with a diameter of over 200 light years
- Star system maps (for known systems, and explored areas)
- Improved planetary body procedural generation
- New ship: the Asp Explorer
- Wider variety of ship modules
- Improved information on ship modules
- Outposts and the Occellus starport
- Extended visibility of other ships in supercruise
- Module for tracking other ships using hyperdrive or supercruise
- Non-lethal cargo-hatch disruptor module
- Graphical improvements, including different planetary ring compositions and dust motes
- More music
It’s unclear, at the moment, whether exploration as a credit-earning occupation will be implemented. [Update: 01/10/14: Beta 2 released with exploration scanning and payment mechanics to reward those intrepid pilots who venture far from inhabited space.] This release is promising an enormous stride forward in terms of both game-play and the simply wondrous experience of piloting a ship in Elite: Dangerous.
Wow! Just wow! That’s an awful lot of awesomeness, just 11 days away!
Here’s a little more of the background work I’ve been doing in preparing a big post on the ED galaxy.
This is a follow up to the Star types & distributions chart I posted a fortnight ago, and looks a little closer at the ED galaxy dimensions, volume and star densities.
Eventually, I would like to set these pieces in a discussion of the state of current knowledge of our Milky Way galaxy and the apparent model(s) used in the ED galaxy, along with a few tentative conclusions on how these findings might affect some aspects of game-play.
Newlsetter #38 brought us news of a new starport type, the Ocellus, a peek at ship weathering effects, and details of planned developments for the missions system. It seems fairly safe to assume that most, if not all, of these features are due for Beta 2, though when this will be released remains unknown.
Newsletter #39 is notable mainly for a nice, but still somewhat vague, summary of the potential for exploration.
I’ve been a bit busy with work recently, so blogging has definitely taken a back seat, but I think I’ll post some more of the work I have done towards my investigation of the ED galaxy soon. I hope to put all this work together in a big post (including the Star types & distributions chart I posted a fortnight ago).