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Elite: Dangerous Dev Diary #10

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Hi everyone,

The latest Dev Diary has been posted, in it David talks about the alpha process so far and what we can expect in the next iterations, it also features some clips from the upcoming second phase focusing on multiplayer combat.

We’re looking forward to encountering all the alpha backers in battle soon!

We’d like to thanks everyone who has participated in the alpha process so far, your feedback has been valuable in improving the game. If you’re in the alpha, but haven’t provided feedback yet, then please do so! We have set up a dedicated area on our forums for alpha feedback on discussions, come visit our forums here:

http://forums.frontier.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=29

Many people have asked if there is an easy way to upgrade from the beta program to join the Alpha so we have made this possible through our store. Simply add the Alpha product to your store basket and it will automatically discount the value of the Beta version you have paid for.

This is for the software only and is not affected by any other items you may have pledge for. More information is available in the Q&A for backers on the store.

You can purchase the alpha access in the store here.

We’ll be back soon with more information on the game and it’s progress with the next newsletter, due for release next week.

Until next time Commanders

Devil Khan, Iain Rockliffe, and 27 more people like this update.

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    1. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner on May 28

      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. Rich Woods on February 2, 2014

      As the alpha backers move on to alpha 2.0, wouldn't it be a generous show of good will to allow beta 1 backers access to alpha 1.0?

      That would also allow you to get close to meeting your estimated delivery date for beta 1. As it stands it looks like the beta phases will both be delivered very late which cannot be good for your overall public image.

    8. Luca on January 31, 2014

      No hopes to implement Mantle drivers in time before release?
      It can gives good boosts in space sims full of ships: http://www.youtube.com/watch…

    9. Shane Bryan on January 30, 2014

      You hit your goal, so why not reward people that paid for Beta, with Alpha?

      Seriously, i'm not paying another couple of hundred dollars to help you test something, no matter how awesome that the game might be. Give Beta backers a price of $20 or $30 and i'll happily give you even MOAR money.

    10. Frontier Developments Creator on January 29, 2014

      @ amigacooke

      The Mac version is due after the PC version.

      Michael

    11. John Blythe on January 27, 2014

      The pricing structure should have been based on the Pledge tier not the price of the reward you already had. I might have 'upgraded' to Alpha for £50 given my pledge was £150 and I might have a spare £50 knocking around now, just. But not another £100. That is a substantial amount to find and the lowest amount you can pay!
      Anyhoo, I'm happy to watch the Youtube vids (although that does make me wanna play it more!) and wait for the Premium Beta that I am entitled to play, once it turns up. :)

      I think an 'upgrade' should have meant upgrade (as in Pledge upgrade), not an extra substantial chunk of money, especially when a lot of us have already put up a lot already to fund the project. I agree it shouldn't work out less than the £200 pledge tier though.
      Anyway its only my opinion, but there you go we're all entitled to them :-)

      I still think the Frontier guys have done a brilliant job so far. Cannot wait to see what the Beta holds. V. Excited for that, and more vids of continued Alpha releases. :-)

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      weltysparrow on January 27, 2014

      I would have thought the reason the Alpha is so expensive is pretty bleeding obvious. If I had paid hundreds of £s to get to that tier and then someone who just waited could stump up a few quid I'd be livid and it would be bad faith on Frontier Dev's part.

      As for that too many emails comment? What on Earth are you talking about? 1 email a week is too much? I had 250 emails yesterday asking me if I wanted viagra, a bigger "size", or new wife, or money from Nigeria! I'll take 1 interesting email a week from F.D. over that garbage thank you very much.

    13. Anders T.N on January 26, 2014

      @Andrew C
      That may be the reason why the price is so high, but even then using only pounds as a currency makes it a bit insane if you are living in say Poland, Spain, Norway and so on. Even on minimum wage you have to work more than a day here to earn the game (In Norway). To put things in perspective. The current price is 2000+ NOK. I only get 7500 NOK a month in student loans. And that's supposed to pay rent, electricity and food for a month. That leaves me with 500-1000 NOK per month. Now I get that students might not be the target for the alpha, but using only a GBP price is wrong in my opinion since so many European countries have very weak currencies compared to GBP.

    14. Andrew C on January 26, 2014

      @Chris Handley
      I suspect that the Alpha access is so expensive because they don't want to be overwhelmed with irrelevant or misleading stuff. Although hopefully they are also doing testing with random people who have no horse in the game who will spot stuff that others might overlook for various reasons because they have an emotional investment in the game.

    15. Pēteris Krišjānis on January 25, 2014

      @Juan Rial
      So far they concentrate on delivering Windows and OS X versions. It could be that they return to this question next year after releasing game.

    16. Juan Rial on January 25, 2014

      Same question as amigacooke, but regarding the potential Linux version. It's been awfully quiet on that front other than the vague mention that you'd love to support this and other alternative OSes at the start of the campaign and Michael's private response that it "needs to be investigated".

      Is the possibility of a Linux version on the table now, or has that plan been scrapped altogether?

    17. amigacooke on January 25, 2014

      Can I ask about the Mac version. Will there be any Mac beta versions or will the Mac version only be started after the PC retail version Is released?

    18. Shatners Bassoon on January 24, 2014

      2:09 In case you are wondering what I'm on about

    19. Shatners Bassoon on January 24, 2014

      DONT BUY X REBIRTH

      Awesome ROFL.

    20. deusx_ophc on January 24, 2014

      thanks for the awesome update! always good to see @DB talking sense and also that there is still that hidden but manic grin =)

      looking forward to blasting everyone out of the sidewinders ^^

      ps: loved the head on crash!!!

    21. Lee Sweeney on January 24, 2014

      If Alpha was not so costly the game would have had million s of more pounds.

      250 pounds was just too high.

      But can not change now.

    22. Pēteris Krišjānis on January 24, 2014

      @Chris Handley

      Think about it this way - they started 1.5 month ago, and they got tested only one phase of alpha. Still, I don't believe we will see such pause between releases as in January, but there's still 3 major concepts to test. So as I am optimist, I will say beta would start end of the March at earliest.

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      Chris Handley on January 24, 2014

      @Frontier
      I appreciate you don't want to commit to a particular date for Beta, but surely you have some idea how long the Alpha might take (if everything went well)... and so you could say something like "The Alpha will take AT LEAST another 1 month, but quite likely much longer." ?

      That way potential Alpha testers know they will get at least 1 months (or whatever) worth from the Alpha. £100 to £200 is a lot to ask, when the Beta could technically start tomorrow!

    24. Frontier Developments Creator on January 24, 2014

      @ James W. Sarvey

      The time frame for alpha is as long as it takes, there are several major features yet to be tested (as David mentions) so it will be a while yet. Beta will also takes as long as it needs to, out focus is on making the game right rather than on specific dates.

      Michael

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      James W. Sarvey on January 24, 2014

      Can we get an updated timeframe on the alpha and beta? I'm thinking about upgrading to the alpha, but the original timeline says that the first beta is coming in January. I'm assuming that's slipped, which is to be expected and is completely fine, but the length of the alpha is a big factor in deciding whether or not I want to upgrade.

      The game looks amazing so far, and I'm really glad I backed it. I can't wait to give it a shot.

    26. Frontier Developments Creator on January 24, 2014

      Unfortunately there isn't a separate mailing list for release only, you're either subscribed for updates or not I'm afraid.

      Michael

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      Michael Hart on January 24, 2014

      I can appreciate that you guys are very active about sharing updates with the backers. I'm sure there are a lot of users who look forward to these updates. However, I really feel that I get way, way too many emails from you guys.

      Is there some way to just be notified when the game is ready? Until then, I really don't want to get any more emails. I don't want to unsubscribe because who knows if I'll be notified otherwise.