Update #28 - Ship Customization
since yesterday's update the pledge total has reached over £1.126 million and we now have 19,552 backers which is incredible. Welcome to all of our new backers and thank you all for your continued support. We still have £124,000 to raise in the next 4 days. So please keep spreading the word, together we'll beat the target.
As mentioned in yesterday's update we've created an Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit. David will be present on January 3rd at 5pm GMT to answer questions, but in the meantime we will be answering any questions during the build up. You can take part in the link below:
In this update we'll take a look at ship customization. A key change for the ships in Elite: Dangerous is their modularity. This enables players to modify their ship to better meet the requirements of your chosen role as well as make the ship your own.
The most obvious customization is the look of the ship. In the concept below we've explored a few different skins for the Anaconda.
The sharp eyed amongst you will notice a small mark by each ship, these are an indication of scale with the mark being a single person.
As well as the look of the ship more fundamental changes can be made, for example engines. Different engines can improve thrust, vectoring and fuel efficiency. Some examples are shown in the test renders below:
Learning engine configurations in game can help provide you with a tactical advantage. Here's a few more:
Customizations can be used to specialise your ship, for example extra fuel and spare parts to help with exploration. Upgrades to your modifications allow you to invest more credits and improve the ship's capabilities. It also means that if you prefer a particular type of ship you can make it more able for your chosen role. Modifications require space in the ship's frame, so you have to decide carefully how to make best use of the space available.
We still have many details to finalise for the ship upgrades and designs, so if you have pledged to be on the design forum then you can help us shape these decisions.
We have some good news on the book front - Chris Booker's Elite Anthology Tales from the Frontier has achieved its funding. Thanks to everyone who supported the project.
Today we feature C L's book project - Elite Chronicles. I have posted an interview with Lin about her project on my blog:
She's almost a quarter of the way to the funding she needs, so please visit her project and pledge your support:
So once again, thanks to everyone for your support in pledging and telling everyone you know. We're almost there and we will make this game!
I'll be back tomorrow with a new update.