September 5th, 2017

Elite: Dangerous beta 2 opens with a galaxy of new screens

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I know it’s not the most exciting screenshot, but looking at this is actually making me go “Okay, yes, I want to play this.”

Beta 2 for Elite: Dangerous has just gone live, bringing with it a tonne of updates, and there are plenty of new screens to “ooh” over.

If you’re in the beta, then you should be able to download the beta 2 client right now. You can expect new ships, new outposts, new progression, new music, more of the galaxy to explore, optional tutorials, optional pre-flight control checks, new planetary rings, and… well, lots of stuff, but also a load of optimisations and little improvements. I’ve put a list of what Frontier Developments reckon are the “highlights” of this version of Elite: Dangerous below.

  • New progression, with combat ratings from ‘Harmless’ up to ‘Elite’.
  • Reputations per system and per faction that influence attitudes and prices offered to players.
  • 570 star systems and 381,033 cubic light years to explore.
  • Discovery, exploration and charting of new systems and the option to trade gathered data.
  • Detailed system maps.
  • New Outposts (small, exposed ‘roadside café’ stations in remote systems).
  • New Ocellus starport.
  • Further upgradeable Life Support modules, Engines, Hyperdrives, Power Distributors, Sensors, Shield Generators and Cargo Racks for all ships.
  • New weapons, including mines and a Cargo Hatch Limpet built for non-lethal piracy.
  • Visibility of other ships in supercruise, and the ability to track pilots through supercruise and hyperspace.
  • In-game GalNet newsfeed, reporting story events from around the galaxy and each system.
  • Gradual ‘wear and tear’ on ships.
  • New Lakon Asp Explorer ship.
  • All backers names from the appropriate crowd-funding reward tiers have been added to the NPC naming database.

If that’s not quite enough for you, then beta 3 is due out on 28 October. The features and updates present in that will be revealed over the next few weeks.

Finally: screenshots! Have a look below to see the new prettiness of Elite: Dangerous. If you’re not in the beta but want in, you can get access through Frontier’s online store for £50, with a discount available for existing backers. That said I tend to frown upon the idea of paying for beta access, so don’t take that as an endorsement.

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