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    The Elite: Dangerous ‘CQC’ (Close Quarter Combat) update has been released today on PC, and you can read a traditionally vast changelog on the subject over in this direction.

    CQC adds a separate arena-ish PvP mode to Elite: Dangerous, in which everybody pilots one of the smaller, quicker ships (Eagles, etc) in various competitive modes. If you’re a bit tired of space trucking and would rather spend some time drifting in silent running mode, or popping in and out from behind asteroids, CQC is worth a try.

    That’s the headline addition, but here’s what else the 1.4 update adds to the game.

    NEW CONTENT/FEATURES:

    – CQC Added!
    – Imperial Eagle added
    – Federal Gunship added
    – Federal Assault Ship added
    – Hazardous resource extraction sites added
    – Compromised nav beacons added
    – Legal salvage missions added
    – Added Outfitting for CQC
    – Changed how powerplant damage is handled – small chance of instant destruction, otherwise malfunctions and halved power output
    – Assign Imperial Eagles to those who should have them from their backer rewards

    To get update 1.4, open up the Elite: Dangerous launcher and let it auto-update in the usual fashion. You’ll be cruising around space arenas in no time.

    That’s just a highlights version of what’s been changed though. As mentioned up top, the changelog is gigantic. Plenty of little tweaks to dig in to.

    Peter Parrish

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