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Elite: Dangerous Dev Diary #9

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Hi everyone,

The first phase of the alpha process has now been released, backers with the Alpha access reward tier or higher will be contacted directly with the details they need to download and play the first Alpha release. If you’re eligible and haven’t received our email then please contact edbackers@frontier.co.uk and we can sort it out.

The latest Elite: Dangerous Dev diary has also been released, in it David talks about the Phase One – Single Player Combat alpha build as well as showing some clips captured from the build.

Over the coming months new features and content will be made available; we’ll announce further details as we progress through the alpha process. If you’re not taking part in the alpha then keep your eyes on your inboxes for the next newsletter (coming soon!) which will feature the single player combat build in more detail.

The Backers App that has served us so well since the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign has now been closed and the new Frontier online store has opened its virtual doors. You can visit the store via the link below:

elite.frontier.co.uk.

From the store you can pre-order Elite: Dangerous and purchase early access in the Alpha and Beta periods. We’ll add more exciting products to the store over the coming months.

Thanks for reading and until next time ... Right on Commander!

The Frontier Team

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    1. Theta Sigma on July 3, 2016

      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, 2016

      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, 2016

      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, 2016

      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, 2016

      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. Roy Greig on January 20, 2014

      Whats the ETA on the first round beta? Is it still on for some time in January?

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      Bartlomiej Sokolowski on December 28, 2013

      This is amazing update, even though I don't have access to alpha but hell yes for Oculus Rift and Track IR support already added. New Year and start of Beta... I hope ;) Can't wait! Well I wish everybody Happy New Year.

    9. Frontier Developments Creator on December 20, 2013

      Just in time for the holidays we have a new alpha build - Elite: Dangerous Phase 1.1 - Single Player combat, updated with new 3D features we are testing. The launcher client has also been updated, you should uninstall the client (you can do this through the uninstall link from the Start menu or through the Control Panel) and then install the latest client from the store as you did previously.

      After installing the client you should be prompted to upgrade the Elite: Dangerous installation and then follow the on screen prompts as before.

      Phase 1.1 includes the following:

      • A selection of stereoscopic 3D support options added

      o Oculus Rift

      o Side-by-side 3D rendering for use with 3D TVs / monitors

      o Anaglyph rendering: old school Red/Cyan rendering for those without Oculus Rift or a 3D TV but with some vintage red/cyan glasses

      • Track IR Support added

      • Dashboard brightness option added

      • Improved build stability

      • Assorted improvements from Alpha feedback

      We'd like to thank everyone for their feedback on the game so far – please remember if you encounter a bug or an issue we want to know about it! Report it through the Technical Support link in the client so we can track them.

      You can also discuss feedback (although you should still report it as above) in the dedicated area on our forums which you can access here:

      http://forums.frontier.co.uk/forumdisplay.php…

      Have a Happy Holidays! The team is going to take a well-deserved rest now – although there will be people supporting the Alpha build should you run into any issues - and we’ll be back in the New Year with a bang!

      Until next time Commanders....

      The Frontier Team

      (As it's a point release this doesn't get it's own update!)

    10. Frontier Developments Creator on December 18, 2013

      @ Bifford the Youngest

      The store only lists available products, it does not include rewards, these are tracked through the backers app. See the FAQ for more info:

      https://store.zaonce.net/backers-info

      Michael

    11. Bifford the Youngest on December 18, 2013

      Grr, my account shows the Beta Standard when I did the £90 level so get a premium boxed set and free lifetime updates....sacen frasen rasen

    12. Bifford the Youngest on December 18, 2013

      Kerrash - NICE :) Thanks!!!

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      Franz Luger on December 18, 2013

      Hello there!

      Thank you for the "first look"! :-)

      Here's a list of what I'm missing in the Alpha:
      1) Please make font size in menues adjustable - menues and fonts are much too big (console-like) in my opinion!
      2) The HUD looks great, but why are the fonts on the HUDs left and right bigger (too console-like) than in the center (where it looks perfectly right)?
      3) Please do offer detailed options like turning off the cockpit glass effects (ice effects may look nice, but not to my eyes)!
      4) Please add real MSAA & SSAA to the Graphics options!
      5) Please add choice of setup in the audio options (stereo, 5.1, 7.1, etc.)!
      6) Please add EAX support (my X-Fi needs something meaningful to do...)!

      Thank you for these first impressions, please offer more (Trading, f.ex.) and please enjoy the holidays and take your time before the final release!

      Greetings, Franz

    14. Kerrash on December 17, 2013

      If you are not in the alpha, you could always check out my live stream: twitch.tv/kerrashlanding
      I play most nights from 20:00 GMT

    15. Paul B on December 16, 2013

      @Philip Turner, the discrepancy is intentional, please refer to the Dev comment below. :)

    16. Harry Torque on December 15, 2013

      The game footage looks AMAZING!

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      Phil. on December 15, 2013

      Hi,

      I've just had time to log and download the Alpha. I see the comments below. What shuold I do since my account shows £200 when I pledged £300 for DDF.

      Is this ok or do I need to send an email to someone?

      Thanks.

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      Rten on December 14, 2013

      I'm seeing the same as David. I show only Standard Beta pack in the new store account.

      David Main - "For those people in the £80 to £90 pledge range shouldn't they have the Expansion Pass on their account as well as the standard beta? It would seem that for some at least they only have the Standard Beta pack, myself included."

    19. Antony Oldham [Founder] on December 13, 2013

      @Frontier, I hoped to be able to up my pledge from £150 to the £200 to allow me to access the Alpha release. This isn't possible on the site, as I'm showing £100 quid and no upgrade option. As a lifelong elite player, very disappointed.

    20. Remy Monsen on December 13, 2013

      @TanC:
      Thanks for the hint about the shipping address. Didn't notice on my first visit, but now that I checked, my country had been set to the United Kingdom as well.

    21. David Main on December 13, 2013

      For those people in the £80 to £90 pledge range shouldn't they have the Expansion Pass on their account as well as the standard beta? It would seem that for some at least they only have the Standard Beta pack, myself included.

    22. Frontier Developments Creator on December 13, 2013

      For people seeing a discrepency between your pledged reward and the store products this is because the store only shows certain products, Kickstarter rewards are not listed in the store, but they will still be processed at the appropriate delivery points.

      Michael

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      Chris H on December 13, 2013

      @Mark
      They announced the backer app page would be closed in the "Elite: Dangerous Progress Diary #8" (Nov 27th) on Kickstarter (also repeated in the "Project Update #56" email from Kickstarter), as well as "Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #14" email (Nov 24th) from Frontier.

      Whether you consider (approximately) 2 weeks notice sufficient is another story, but I guess they'd argue you'd had nearly a year to add to your pledge!

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      Lamhirh on December 13, 2013

      same issue with difference: pledged 45, new store shows 30 :(

    25. Mark Newcombe on December 12, 2013

      I wish I'd known you were closing down the app page so that I could have upgraded my pledge over Xmas.

      I guess I must have missed an update?

    26. Pēteris Krišjānis on December 12, 2013

      Hmmmm, I can't login on backer's app either :) Ok, I will ping them next week, not that much importance right now.
      @Christian: I guess write to edbackers@frontier.co.uk then about this problem.

    27. Christian Klass on December 12, 2013

      The pledge store shows me the wrong amount as well. The link from Frontier also doesn't work for me. http://store.zaonce.net/ did, though.

    28. Pēteris Krišjānis on December 12, 2013

      Store only shows compatible products, so your charge there is trimmed down, so no worries, everything's fine, all your pledge rewards are safe, and you can still log in in old Backer's App (using link in top right corner) to verify them.

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      Stefan Giesen (Igor[Rock]) on December 12, 2013

      Same problem here: 80 GBP pledge, but store shows only 50 GBP. I've used the contact form on the page to report this - lets see what happens.

    30. Ian Thirkeld on December 12, 2013

      Online store shows £100 order when I've pledged £150. Emailed the support address. Hopefully this will be resolved quickly...

    31. Mark on December 12, 2013

      Also backed £42 listed as £30.

      Oculus should give you guys pizza or something because I'll be all over a retail Rift for this game!

    32. Andy Panthro on December 12, 2013

      Same problem as a couple of others here: I backed at the £40 level but the store only has me down at the £30 level.

    33. Richard McKeon on December 12, 2013

      Yeah, I backed at the £42 level, but the store has me down at £30.

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      Dimitrius on December 12, 2013

      Same problem as Bumvelcrowe.

    35. Chris Patterson on December 12, 2013

      Add me to that list. do we need to contact support, or just wait?

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      Mike Briggs on December 12, 2013

      oopps old news sorry

    37. Antony Oldham [Founder] on December 12, 2013

      ok, it seems a few affected so far then!

    38. Bumvelcrow on December 12, 2013

      @Antony - Similar thing with me - see below. I've emailed support@zaonce.net to see if they can help.

    39. Antony Oldham [Founder] on December 12, 2013

      Hmmm, anyone else pledged £150 but appears as £100 in online store? Also thought as I'd pledged £150 that I might be able to add £50 to get the Alpha??

    40. Bumvelcrow on December 12, 2013

      I pledged for £90 for the boxed edition, but the store page is only saying £50 for the beta. I presume this is a mistake, unless the box is an addition coming later??

    41. Frontier Developments Creator on December 12, 2013

      @ edzieba

      If you contact support@zaonce.net they can help you further.

      Michael

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      edzieba on December 12, 2013

      The new site demands I "Please select your country of residence from the dropdown menu below.", except there is no dropdown box.

    43. Commander Keith [@mistertricker] on December 12, 2013

      Anyone willing to post their PC specs and fps they're getting on the alpha so we poorer backers get an idea of what we'll need come March time?

    44. Jedra7609
      Superbacker
      on December 12, 2013

      Apparently they are aware of the problem and estimate that it will be a 3 hour fix. No problem - I have waiting many years for Elite, a few more hours is no problem!

    45. Jedra7609
      Superbacker
      on December 12, 2013

      Shame - can't log into the store and the reset link refuses to allow me to change the password! I have sent a support email to Zaonce so I hope it gets sorted soon!

    46. Mike "TiMag Sheriff" Pilcher on December 12, 2013

      Wow, I completely forgot the estimated release date was March 2014. That really IS soon! While I don't expect that to happen, I'm pretty excited.

    47. Paul B on December 12, 2013

      ...and I'm stuck at work. This is going to be a long afternoon! Looking forward to this! :-)

    48. TanC on December 12, 2013

      Thanks Michael! :)

    49. Frontier Developments Creator on December 12, 2013

      @ Peter Anderson

      We're focused on the Alpha at the moment and will take what time we need to finish that in a state that we're happy with and will then move onto the beta.

      Michael