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Elite: Dangerous Alpha Phase 3 Released

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The latest phase in the Elite: Dangerous alpha process has been released and we've got a Progress Diary to go alongside it. Here David Braben goes through the technical intricacies of the Coriolis starport Zelada found in Alpha phase 3.

The build itself contains the following key features:

  • Outfit your ship with new modules
  • Upgrade your weapons and repair any damage using the credits you have earned from the locations
  • Clear bounties earned when committing crimes
  • And once you have saved enough credits, you can purchase the most well known ship in the galaxy – the Cobra Mk III, a firm favourite from the Falcon de Lacy shipyards

As with the previous phase your feedback is important to us, please make sure to report any issues through the link provided in the launcher and for more experiential feedback please join in the discussion in the Alpha section of our forums.

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

The Alpha program can be joined via the Elite: Dangerous online store at http://elite.frontier.co.uk

Until next time Commanders...

Colin Frick, Jonas Schiött, and 34 more people like this update.

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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

      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!

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      cs on December 16, 2014

      FYI -- on November 14th 2014, they put in a single sentence in newsletter #49 that implied that they were no longer going to deliver offline support.

      In newsletter #50, David Braben clarified that it was a "creative decision", not a technical issue, that was behind their decision not to deliver DRM-free offline support.

      The vast majority of refund requests have been denied or ignored for over a month now; from our best efforts to discover, there are only about 20 confirmed refunds.

      Read the project comments for more info.

      WARNING: The official forums are being *heavily* censored and people are getting banned/suspended for being the even the slightest bit critical of the actions of Frontier Developments.

      Reddit community if you are so inclined : http://reddit.com/r/elitedangerousrefunds

    8. Frontier Developments Creator on April 16, 2014

      @ Dylan McNamee

      Where entering the premium phase at the end of May, the other phases will follow after then, although no dates for those have been announced yet.

      Michael

    9. Dylan McNamee on April 16, 2014

      I haven't been tracking all the news here -- do the folks whose pledge had an Estimated delivery of March 2014 get something soon (or has it already been made available, but I missed it somewhere)?

    10. Chris Neary on April 15, 2014

      Watching the radar system I noticed a "ping" like ripple occurring, probably showing the system at work.
      Could this not be added to show other ships in range emitting signals such as intercoms, scans etc?

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      Samir Stephan on March 30, 2014

      Awesome. Just pure unadulterated awesome.

    12. Frontier Developments Creator on March 24, 2014

      @ Anders T.N

      That's the rotational assist that is available in some stations, you can also turn it off in the options.

      Michael

    13. Torben Kristiansen on March 23, 2014

      Nice ambience in the interior! I like it!

    14. Anders T.N on March 22, 2014

      Prior to entering the station you had to align with the station's rotational speed. How come you no longer had to compensate for this once you had entered the station? Or did i just miss the sound/look of the thrusters firing to maintain control.

    15. Frontier Developments Creator on March 20, 2014

      @ SpaceVoyager

      In the alpha there is rotational assist, this won't be available in all stations, in fact you can turn it off and give it a try.

      Michael

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      SpaceVoyager on March 20, 2014

      I like the extremely simplified physics of landing, I wouldn't want to bother with the real one. Landing in a rotating cylinder would be hard...
      Then again, it could have a landing strip all around the cylinder and taxiing roads to the parking slots, much like the airports.

    17. LepraSK on March 20, 2014

      My God, it's full of details!

    18. Peter Richard Brooks
      Superbacker
      on March 19, 2014

      Wow! *picks jaw up from the floor*

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      Marc Carter on March 19, 2014

      Man what is with the lack of attention this game is getting, it's look absolutely fantastic?!

    20. Shatners Bassoon on March 19, 2014

      Roll on first round beta!! This game looks more awesome than I could possibly imagine and its not even finished yet!

    21. Matt Dobson on March 19, 2014

      Wow! This game gives me funny feelings! It looks so immerse already. All my wishful thinking at the start of this project is coming true. Great job Frontier!

    22. Zplintz on March 19, 2014

      Absolutely fantastic!

      Docking is no where near as tricky (at this station or in a small ship like Sidewinder or the Cobra MkIII) as it was in previous games, but it really is a great feeling to fly down to your pad successfully. (Then to be sucked down inside the hanger to re-equip and repair).

      Not managed to get my feet to touch the floor since KS started - much of what is being provided in the alpha is far far better than I have been expecting (although I have dreamed much of it for many years).

      Good show Frontier - keep up the good work.

    23. Jörn Huxhorn
      Superbacker
      on March 19, 2014

      While the landing procedure looks like a fun mini-game (and seems to be less deadly than the original Elite) I guess it won't be that much fun after the 10.000th landing. I hope the good, old docking computer (including the music...) will still be an option.

      I'm at a "second round private beta" tier and can't wait to play the hell out of this game!