Elite Dangerous (2014), the popular open-universe space simulator, is getting a beta at the end of the month. The beta will bring both VR and PC players the fourth and final chapter of the game’s third season, Beyond.
Elie Dangerous: Beyond first came out earlier their year with Chapter One, which followed the Thargoids assault on humanity’s starport. Beyond then offered players two smaller rapid-fire chapters this summer, Chapters Two and Three, which comprised of new ship types, weapons, and a few system improvements. Frontier Developments stated that Chapter Four will be the games largest Elite Dangerous update of the year.
All PC Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons players will see the beta for Chapter Four starting on October 30th. The beta will be rolled out in stages, first coming to PC platforms including Rift and Vive, then later the game will be released to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC beta is planned to extend over a four-week period.
In a Steam post, Frontier Developments laid out a few key updates which include:
Exploration: A new Analysis Mode, with the improved Exploration Discovery Scanner and Detailed Discovery Scanner, is a game-changing, brand new way for all Commanders to explore the galaxy. After an initial scan of the system, players will then be able to tune their scanners to find stellar bodies and other phenomena. Unidentified Signal Sources and conflict zones will also appear, allowing players to easily track down interesting or important things within the system. Not only is this new system a more realistic, satisfying and engaging exploration experience, but also provides players with the freedom to make more informed decisions on where to look next and be ultimately better rewarded for time spent exploring. Commanders will now have probes that can be arced onto planetary surfaces, and planetary rings, to map them in detail, locate points of interest and leave their mark on the galaxy in a new way.
Mining: Asteroid belts and planetary rings are about to get very busy. New tools and mechanics will provide a fresh, exciting and lucrative mining experience for all Elite Dangerous Commanders. Using new exploration mechanics, miners can investigate rings to locate the best spots to start their mining sessions. With the right amount of skill and expertise, Commanders can create an awesome asteroid detonation before sweeping up the spoils.
Squadrons: Squadrons is a new way of uniting like-minded Commanders in Elite Dangerous. Players will be able to take part in Community Goals together and compete for top spots, and bragging rights, in weekly leaderboards. New communication tools such as in-game chat channels and a new web portal, give players the freedom to manage their Squadron and collectively blaze their trail across the galaxy.
Plus, several additional improvements coming to the game, including visual improvements, background simulation updates, and new ships and cockpit interface changes that have not yet been revealed.
If you want to get a sneak peek at what Chapter Four might entail, the studio is hosting a few content reveal livestreams starting this week on their YouTube channel. Here are the times and events:
- BGS and Scenario Interactions – 25 October (19:00 BST)
- Squadrons – 30 October (19:00 GMT)
- Mining – 01 November (19:00 GMT)
- The Ships – 8 November (19:00 GMT)