Elite Dangerous players have been waiting patiently for Wings and further details have surfaced.
Coming in the patch 1.2 update, Wings will finally bring players together in small groups of four. Speaking to PCGamer about the feature addition, Frontier’s Sandro Sammarco explained that the limit of four players per Wing is to prevent these squadrons from “owning a system”.
Players will benefit from working together and share bounty from any ship they take down as a group, but it won’t be easy because the game will respond and become tougher. Sammarco says, “In 1.2, players will start to see larger, more dangerous signal sources, where single ships would be at serious risk. Those signal sources will be perfect battlegrounds for coordinated squadrons, and they’ll find the rewards—in terms of bounties and cargo—will be suitably elevated in line with the challenge.”
Travelling as a Wing is being extended to Super Cruise and player will simply lock-on to another Wing member and follow them which will hopefully be simple to execute.
Although Wings bring players together, players will be completely independent to do what they wish. In other words, they don’t have to be in the same system together all the time should they wish to spread out. This means players can “make their own decisions” and Frontier’s goal is to make the system “flexible and adaptable”. Players will also be able to join and leave Wings at any time with any member of a Wing being able to invite new players should there be free slots.
Frontier are to continue developing the Wing system but are not dishing out further details at the moment, although Sammarco does mention possible feature additions such as the ability to allow multiple wingmen to deliver cargo for the same mission or having the ability to transfer fuel between wingmen.
It’s all good news for players who have been hankering to team-up properly and hopefully this will make the game feel a little less like a completely solo experience.
Beta testing of the new Wings feature will be coming at the beginning of March.