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Take a ship and 100 credits to make money legally or illegally - trade, bounty-hunt, pirate, assassinate your way across the galaxy.
Take a ship and 100 credits to make money legally or illegally - trade, bounty-hunt, pirate, assassinate your way across the galaxy.
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Elite: Dangerous Dev Diary #7


Hi everyone,

The latest Elite: Dangerous Dev Diary (#7) has been posted, in it David talks about the upcoming Alpha process and how that will work for backers. He also answers some of the questions posted by fans in the Private Backers Forum.

Keep tuned to these updates to learn more details as we enter the Alpha phase of the game’s development – exciting times for us all!

If you’d like a question considered for a future dev diary and your reward level provides Private Backers Forum access then pay a visit via the link below and selecting the Private Backers Forum link. You can also check out the latest Peek of the Week while you are there.

The wider forums are available to everyone, there’s already lively discussion about game features and the Elite community at large:

Time is running out to order some of the physical reward add-ons (mugs, concept prints and t-shirts), you only have until October 31st, so if you’d like any of these items then you should order them now.

You can order though the backers app, if you need help with the app or have any questions then email us at The latest newsletter will also be released soon, so keep an eye on your inboxes for that.

Thanks everyone for reading!


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    1. Doctor Doom 3 days ago

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    2. Torben Kristiansen on October 31, 2013

      It is refreshing to see the time resource being actively used as part of the development, so many projects are otherwise rushed out in a great hurry, with the promise of patches forever hereafter. Just not today, for yesterday came in the way. :-)


    3. Synchromesh on October 23, 2013

      @Michael : Ok thanks for that.....I wont be attacking any stations in a hurry then just to see what happens :)

    4. Chris Neary on October 22, 2013

      PS... Force feedback?

    5. Chris Neary on October 22, 2013

      Gimmie more eye candy!

    6. Creator Frontier Developments on October 20, 2013

      @ Synchromesh

      Alpha and Beta are for bug testing, in Gamma we expect people to play as they would normally - which is why we've said we'll take the time we need to ensure that these stages are completed correctly. We won't be reseting during Gamma unless something completely game breaking is discovered.


    7. Synchromesh on October 19, 2013

      Gamma Phase !! Ok that's a brilliant idea...Does that mean we needn't take our roles to seriously ?
      I mean after the Gamma and you have ironed out the bugs do our ratings get reset or should we still be cautious of what we do and maybe NOT attack a station to find bugs ?

    8. Harry Torque on October 18, 2013

      Just everything about this KS project is stellar. The updates, the dev diaries, the story updates, the music, and the game as far as I can tell.

      I can't wait till the beta!

    9. Antony T Curtis on October 18, 2013

      I had pledged more than £200 but I selected the £150 reward because I want to wait for the beta.
      (I admit, it is an excuse - I am too busy to be able to devote enough time to make my feedback worthwhile for the alpha)

    10. Creator Frontier Developments on October 18, 2013

      @ Robin Barnard

      That hasn't been finalised yet, we have some fun ideas for it, once they're firmed up we'll release more details.


    11. Robin Barnard [Cmdr Muninn] on October 18, 2013

      Hi Michael, is the launch party planned for the gamma or actual release? I have an invitation as part of my pledge, live in the US, and hope to plan a trip home so that I can go

    12. Creator Frontier Developments on October 18, 2013

      @ Philip Turner

      Not yet, we're in the process of testing that at the moment, we'll release more details when we have them.


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      Philip Turner [AKA PianoPhil @ FD Forum] on October 18, 2013

      Good to see all is on schedule. Looking forward to the Alpha.

      @Michael - any news on minimum and recommended spec's yet for the game.

    14. Stewart Forgie on October 18, 2013

      I am so glad that you guys are going to take the time to get this right rather than rushing to meet some arbitrary release date. I'm really looking forward to the Alpha.

    15. Creator Frontier Developments on October 18, 2013

      The different phases will take whatever time they require to be done correctly, we'll provide more details of the follow up stages as we progress through Alpha.


    16. Commander Keith [@mistertricker] on October 18, 2013

      Interesting that all Kickstarters will now participate in a Gamma phase. This obviously gives Frontier more time to get to the "gold master" while still keeping to the original March date. I have no problem with this as long as the Gamma starts in March and the more time they spend developing the game the better.

    17. karl smith on October 18, 2013

      Awesome wish I had the cash for alpha , non the wait will make it all the sweeter!

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      Mikael Olofsson (deleted) on October 18, 2013

      It is an exciting timr. I'll be taking part in the beta, so it's a little longer to wait

    19. Marcel Schoen on October 18, 2013

      Wow - alpha phase! I'm so excited for this game! And while I'm at it, here's another space sim that needs backing:…