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Elite: Dangerous Progress Diary #8

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Hi everyone,

In today’s video diary Chris Gregory talks us through the various techniques used to put together the Damocles video as well as discussing how it has helped advance the game. The video also contains some sneak peeks of the latest game build in action.

The latest Elite: Dangerous newsletter has been sent out (#14), if you haven’t read it yet then you can do so here:

http://eepurl.com/JokLn

An important announcement within the newsletter is that the Backers App will be closing on Friday 6th December, please make sure to read the newsletter for more details. After this date pledges can be added or upgraded, although a new Frontier store will be available.

The other big news on the horizon is the upcoming delivery of the first alpha test build, again you can find more details in the latest newsletter.

Thanks for reading.

Until next time Commanders...

The Frontier Team

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    1. Theta Sigma on July 3

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #130 - Friday, 24th June 2016
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      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/268791-Newsletter-130
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      Greetings Commander,
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      Welcome to the Elite Dangerous Newsletter #130.
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      This week we take a look at some great content from the community in our Horizons Highlights, bring you important news about upcoming changes and adjustments to The Engineers and give you all the details of our huge Summer sale.
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      As always, you can hear the latest news and updates directly from the development team on our Forums, Twitter, Facebook, Community Homepage, and right here in the newsletter every week, and we're always eager to hear your feedback.
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      Pick up the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass today for only £13.39, €16.74, $20.09 or RUB 997,63.
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    2. Theta Sigma on June 18

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #129 - Friday, 17th June 2016
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      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/266247-Newsletter-129
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    3. Theta Sigma on June 17

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #129 - Friday, 17th June 2016
      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-91K2-2433Y32QA1/cr.aspx
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      This week we're showing off some incredible community creations, including a must-see live action short movie, we're telling you about some of the tweaks and changes we've implemented thanks to community feedback, taking a little trip in an Orca with some Elite Dangerous-style space tourism and much more.
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      • Horizons Highlights
      We’re always impressed by the screenshots and videos our community post on social media and our forums… here’s a collection of a few of our favourites from this week.

      This live action short film made by the Eranin People's Film Board does an amazing job of putting an intriguing story behind a simple in-game mission. It perfectly captures the mood of Elite Dangerous and we applaud everyone involved for their brilliant work. We know we're not alone when we say that we'd love to see more.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      Recusant1 heard rumours of a battlecruiser arriving at Merope 2A and journeyed to the system to get photographic evidence in order to confirm it's arrival. People on Reddit are busy speculating as to the reason for its arrival.
      https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/4obuc0/i_can_confirm_the_fns_capitol_ship_in_merope_2a
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      CMDR Zindae quickly found out that it was a bad idea to shoot upon the Cruiser as backup arrived swiftly to protect it.
      https://gfycat.com/RealHideousArmednylonshrimp
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      CMDR Kronek decided to keep it peaceful, with a tip to Messier 78
      https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/4oi1e5/messier_78_4k
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      • The Engineers Update
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      Earlier this week we put out a server update that brought some requested changes to the game.

      Local news articles were added at the Engineers bases to help direct players to locations where they are able to source the materials they need. In addition we increased the amount of materials you can hold from 600 to 1,000 and increased the amount of Data you can hold from 200 to 500 units.

      Alongside these changes we also made some adjustments to the requirements to unlock a couple of the Engineers. Specifically, we reduced the required number of rare goods to unlock them down to 50 tonnes. We also adjusted the availability of rare goods in the galaxy slightly, too. States will still change the allocation of rares but the numbers are more favourable than they were.

      The development team worked incredibly hard over the recent week’s and are always looking at and reviewing the feedback from the community. There will be an additional point update coming soon which will also include a number of fixes and changes based on feedback from the community. We’ll have some more news on that soon.

      See the original post here:
      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/265277-Serverside-update-and-upcoming-point-update
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      • Tourism - Location, Location, Location
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      The graceful Orca will finally get the love and attention it deserves, as passenger gameplay is coming as part of the next major content update to Elite Dangerous: Horizons.
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      We'll have much more information on 2.2 in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our social media channels and our weekly newsletter to find more.
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      One aspect of Passenger Gameplay will be Tourism, so we're building a massive database of the best tourist hotspots in the galaxy. There's nobody who knows the galaxy better than our intrepid explorers, so we're asking for a helping hand from our Commanders to make the location database as thorough and complete as possible!
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      Executive Producer Michael Brookes has arranged a competition on our forums where you can submit a location to be used in the game. If the location you submit gets used, your CMDR name will be added in-game in connection with the chosen location.
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      You can see all of the details, and find out exactly how you can get involved, by visiting the original forum post:
      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/266046-2-2-Your-Input-Needed-Passenger-Tourist-Destinations
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      • EDC Commonwealth Codebreaker Event
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      The EDC Commonwealth are arranging a massive code breaking event, where participants will have to answer a series of questions in order to win prizes. See the original post here to find out how you can get involved.
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      • GalNet Focus
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      • The Danger Zone CQC Livestream
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      • HCS Voicepacks - Obsidian
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      The guys at HCS voicepack have launched their latest addition to the collection, with YouTuber Obsidian Ant!
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      You can watch the trailer for the pack below, made by Obsidian Ant himself... how fitting.
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      From the site - "Obsidian - Over a thousand responses including Ai "Jazz" for the Galaxapedia & Constellations."
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      • Reddit AMA Series
      • Community Goals Update
      • Comms Chatter
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      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #129 - Friday, 17th June 2016
      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-91K2-2433Y32QA1/cr.aspx
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    4. Theta Sigma on June 13

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #128 - Friday, 10th June 2016
      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-8T55-7132ZABOD0/cr.aspx
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      • Ship Kits Live On the Frontier Store Now!
      Head over to the Frontier Store to pick up our new ship kits for the Sidewinder, Eagle, and Cobra. These kits will give your ship a completely unique look, with hundreds of combinations available to experiment with.
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      You can mix and match the pieces on the ship, to get the exact look you want and the pieces will change colour to react to the paint job you’re using. There are more examples of the ship kits in use on the store page..
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      • Horizons Highlights: The Engineers
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      We’re always impressed by the screenshots and videos our community post on social media and our forums… here’s a collection of a few of our favourites from this week.
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      - Ace pilot Isinona returns with his Flight Assist Off Series, adding a new rule to celebrate the launch of 2.1 The Engineers – no insurance rebuys allowed. If he dies, a massive part of his fortune dies with him...
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      - Bolt vanderhuuge posted this stunning screenshot… something you could only ever see in Elite Dangerous: Horizons.
      https://imgur.com/a/QRcSY
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      - Obsidian Ant continues his journey to the edge of the galaxy, and visits a few planets in “the Desolation Ridge”.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      • The Dangerous games Update and Stream
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      The Dangerous Games Wildcard Community Goals have kicked off with a bang. After a long week of Gold mining the groups have battled it out for points in the first of the three challenges they will face.
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      • Powerplay Annual Summary
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      CMDR Corrigendum takes a look back at the first year of Powerplay, digging deep into the political struggles of the last 12 months.
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      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #128 - Friday, 10th June 2016
      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-8T55-7132ZABOD0/cr.aspx
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    5. Theta Sigma on June 13

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #127 - Friday, 3rd June 2016
      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/259735-Newsletter-127
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      Horizons Highlights: The Engineers
      The Engineers was launched last week at no additional charge to all those who own the Horizons season pass, and already we’re seeing some beautiful screenshots and videos.
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      Plotting a route to Beagle Point just got that little bit easier, with the new bookmarks system. CMDR Gienkov has his route sorted…
      http://i.imgur.com/creXfMy.png
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      CMDR Klassic found this ‘poor little Condor’ floating alone in space… we can only wonder what happened here.
      http://i.imgur.com/PwoGhPs.jpg
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      According to CMDR Allerose, the New Huge Weapons are super effective… look at the mess they’ve left behind!
      http://i.imgur.com/Y1m8JEc.png
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      CMDR Paul Loachman visited Farseer Inc… he took this lovely panoramic screenshot.
      http://i.imgur.com/Mr9h5vu.jpg
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      Obsidian Ant uploaded this video detailing the FSD upgrades available via the Engineers.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      Elite Dangerous: Horizons Commanders on PC and Xbox One will receive further expansions at no extra cost as the season continues. Future gameplay updates will debut for PC and Xbox One simultaneously, bringing new activities and new ways to play on both platforms:
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      • Ship-Launched Fighters, allowing larger spacecraft to carry their own short-range fighter craft for attack and defense.
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      • Multicrew, allowing teams of Commanders to assume roles aboard the same ship.
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      • Commander creation, giving a unique appearance to Commanders’ in-game avatars.
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      What’s more, Xbox One Commanders who purchase Horizons before the 30th July will also get access to the Cobra Mk IV in game. This early incentive mirrors our pre order incentive previously offered to PC players. The Cobra Mk IV will be available in selected ship yards if you have access and will require in game credits to purchase.
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      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #127 - Friday, 3rd June 2016
      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/259735-Newsletter-127
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    6. Theta Sigma on May 28, 2016

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #126 - Friday, 27th May 2016
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      The Engineers 2.1 and 1.6 Available Now!
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      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-8LOE-7132ZABOD0/cr.aspx
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      The Engineers 2.1 Trailer - Elite Dangerous: Horizons
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      Elite Dangerous: Horizons - Season Pass
      https://www.frontierstore.net/games/elite-dangerous-cat/elite-dangerous-horizons-dlc.html
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      "This week, we’re launching Elite Dangerous 2.1 The Engineers and the 1.6 update, we’re celebrating with a new trailer, giving Xbox One Commanders the chance to pick up something new, catching up with the latest GalNet news and much more.

      As always, you can hear the latest news and updates directly from the development team on our Forums, Twitter, Facebook, Community Homepage, and right here in the newsletter every week, and we're always eager to hear your feedback.

      Pick up the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass today for only £19.99, €24.99, $29.99 or RUB 1489."
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    7. Adam Ross Williams on December 10, 2013

      Looks like we cant update our pledge on the elite website anymore.. Im kinda disapointed Cos I wanted to up my pledge ive been saving :(

    8. JC Ford on December 3, 2013

      Looks amazing.

      I'm signed up for Beta testing, but will beta testing be available to Mac users?

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      Robin Paijmans on December 1, 2013

      Having been there right from the start (ELITE on a C64 in 1984, good times!), I am pleased to see Braden finally realise his vision --and do it so well!

      Furry dice must happen, BTW.

    10. ThomasN on November 29, 2013

      seriously. no trackir. wtf!?

    11. Terry Walton on November 29, 2013

      Nice update.

      Like many cannot wait for the Alpha to start now.

    12. Senekha on November 29, 2013

      Very nice update, very informative. Thanks!

    13. ovi on November 28, 2013

      this is great, all coming together so nicely...
      keep up the outstanding work guys.

    14. Johannes Musikant on November 28, 2013

      Man, you could release a rubbish space shooter with this kind of immersive cockpit view and it would sell already. It's looking awesome!

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      Franz Luger on November 28, 2013

      Thank you for these glimpses on what you are working on!
      But please mind that not everyone is keen on motion blur, hdr, dof and other graphical stuff, please do keep all these features optional - and please do not forget Antialiasing (one that really does work, MSAA, f.ex.) ans Anisotropic filters!

    16. Lee Paxton on November 28, 2013

      Absolutely spectacular, I love how it's coming along so far.

    17. Luca on November 28, 2013

      A question: have you decided about the sound in space thing? There'll be an option to enable realistic (no sound from outside) space exploration?

    18. Luca on November 28, 2013

      A M A Z I N G work!
      I love all light effects in the cockpit and glass details (frozen, scratched etc.). Can't wait...!

    19. Commander Keith [@mistertricker] on November 28, 2013

      Thanks for that TFG. I may have to get that processor upgrade after all!!! We'll see when the final game is released. Interesting that a DX11 GPU is not required.

    20. Space Monkey on November 28, 2013

      Yes, I'm also glad to see that you're using good joysticks to test the game. I'm using a X-52 Pro, same as in the video, and it's not always supported well by games which assume that a xbox controller is the standard (I'm looking at you X-Rebirth...).
      It will be great if you support typical simulation hardware (pedals, track IR etc)

    21. Spycraft Studios on November 27, 2013

      Great update! Really sells the immersion of the cockpit. Good to see a HOTAS setup focusing on the feel of piloting.

    22. Space Monkey on November 27, 2013

      Great update! It's good to see some ingame footage, and by the look of it the development is going well!

    23. TFG on November 27, 2013

      Loved this video. And seeing the bobblehead on the dashboard made me smile :)

    24. TFG on November 27, 2013

      For the alpha build (higher than released game), minimum specs from Michael are:

      To play the first build released in December we're currently looking at the following:

      Direct X 11
      Quad Core CPU ( 4 x 2Ghz is a reasonable minimum)
      2 GB System Ram (more is always better)
      DX 10 hardware GPU (my reasonably low end machine has a GTX 285 with 2GB)

    25. Commander Keith [@mistertricker] on November 27, 2013

      This really is looking amazing. Too amazing for my PC perhaps? WHat's the latest on system specs from the forum chatter? I really can't be bothered trawling through there.

      Cheers,

      Keith

    26. Dan Ormond on November 27, 2013

      This looks absolutely fantastic :D Can't wait to have a go myself! Great work guys!!

    27. Cmdr Noogillim of "The Lamentation" on November 27, 2013

      More importantly who is the bobblehead in the cockpit modelled on????????

    28. Styggron on November 27, 2013

      That was just spectacular...........absolutely amazing.................

    29. ThomasN on November 27, 2013

      How is the guy 2 minutes in not wearing a TrackIR?

    30. Seb on November 27, 2013

      Wow, the in-game footage looks very, very good.

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      Flavio Antonietti on November 27, 2013

      I bet, those fluffy dice will be an in game purchase only. If that is the case I cannot wait for the update to walk around as I can then board enemy ships so that I can steal one.
      Hopefully they come in any colour you want as long as it is pink :)
      In all seriousness, that is a great update - well done.

    32. Richard Morris on November 27, 2013

      Love the red function keys on the keyboard. Nostalgia or what?

    33. Synchromesh on November 27, 2013

      @ Dragonbait : In the real world that does actually constitute am M.O.T failure :)

    34. Dragonbait
      Superbacker
      on November 27, 2013

      Zero-G fluffy dice, or I want a refund!

    35. Synchromesh on November 27, 2013

      OMG !!!
      Its looking awesome !! I really cant wait...Who was that actually playing the game ..
      Jealous just doesn't do it.....I wanna beat the crap out of him :)

    36. karl smith on November 27, 2013

      One word Awsome!