A quick tease of what’s coming in the 1.1 update which is about to go into beta.
The Elite Dangerous beta tests for upcoming patches will be going live next week and there’s some good news for explorers. Planets will now show which player was first to scan and return the data for sale by tagging their name on the system map. Sticking with exploring, they’re also adding information when you sell exploration data of the bodies contained within the exploration data being sold for a specific system and enabling the selling of exploration data a page at a time.
Community goals are also being added in 1.1 and they give an example of constructing a capital ship (one of Farragut Battlecruisers or Majestic Interdictors) which will require “a lot of resources. The commander that conmtributes the most to the construction efforts will also be able to name the ship on completion.
The second example given is enabling players to expand into an unpopulated system which will be a three stage process.
“The first step is for us and the DDF to establish a short list of candidate systems. The aim for this initial colony is to support further exploration and to act as a hub for other expansion in the region. Once we have the shortlist players will be invited to map the candidate systems and whichever system has the most data about it sold will be the target system. A community goal will then start to gather the resources needed to build an Ocellus starport that will be deployed in the chosen star system.”
The update will come with more fixes including improvements for AI docking and the docking computer, better handling of ship to ship collisions, balancing dumbfire missiles and shield cells and balancing of heat generation by weapons.
Lot’s to look forward to.