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Thread: Frontier Expo 2017 Recap

  1. #16
    Everything sounds good FDEV! i have one question about engineers. A lot of players already have ( from their own sweat and blood) modifications on their modules. Will be somehow affected by this new feature these already existing modifications or not? ( I'm worried about my some good rolls right now). Thanks a lot ;) and keep it going ;)

  2. #17
    I'm back home now after the event - thanks for the notes and it was good to meet you and some other Devs yesterday!

    Bedtime for me - I'm bushed!

  3. #18
    Finally something positive. Look forward to the new content, hope us solo players get some love as well at some point :)

  4. #19
    Sounds lovely. More varied planets sounds excellent, and it's fun to get excited about concept art again (ice planet). I look forward to trying out mining again too.

    And to me, this confirms that Frontier are taking a long-term view on this game. By giving it to Horizon owners for free, they're basically relying on new sales and some cosmetics for income. Since none of these updates will bump the game suddenly to the top of the charts, Frontier might well be taking a loss on Elite for the season. Since that can't last, maybe we can start getting hyped for season 4 already? :D

  5. #20
    GalNet Audio – A new way to enjoy the narrative threads of Elite Dangerous. GalNet audio will read the news to you as you explore the galaxy in your ship.
    This is great for me \o/

  6. #21
    Thanks Dale. Looking forward to all these new things.

    Flimley

  7. #22
    Can't wait :)

    Chieftain rocks!!! and finally something is going on with planet environment and graphics :D

  8. #23
    Chieftain reminds me of the HK Vtol in Terminator. No bad thing.

    Now I'm much better at giving criticism than praise but to be fair, if these updates come to fruition as described, then fair play and many thanks (in advance).

  9. #24
    Well I'll be damn...these promises are quite the grab bag of things I've been talking about for some time...I think I might be quite impressed to see all these things implemented. I can be a harsh critic though; don't cut corners and we just might see something incredible, Fdev.

  10. #25
    Originally Posted by Dale Emasiri View Post (Source)
    Greetings Commanders,

    On 7th October at Here East, in London, we hosted the very first Frontier Expo. More than 1,000 community members turned up to celebrate everything Frontier Developments, watch talks from guest speakers, meet the developers, mingle with other community members and watch the special content reveals on the main stage.

    Lead Designer Sandro Sammarco, Art Director Chris Gregory, and Game Director Laurence Oldham joined Senior Community Manager Edward Lewis on stage to talk about the year ahead for Elite Dangerous. We’ll be uploading the Elite Dangerous section to the official Elite Dangerous channel in the following week, and you can watch the full show here, but for now, here’s a quick roundup of some of the things we talked about on stage. Make sure to visit our social media channels to see some screenshots of the event and the things we announced.

    Everything we talked about on stage at FX2017 will be coming to all Elite Dangerous: Horizons players for free.

    Beyond

    In 2018 we’re launching a series of updates called Beyond. In Quarter 1 and Quarter 4 we’ll have two larger content drops, and in between that there will be smaller updates that will also add new content, ships, and quality of life improvements.

    Beyond will focus on three things: narrative progression, enhancements and development of the core experience and adding new features and content to the game.


    Quarter 1 update

    Here are just a few things we talked about coming as part of the Quarter 1 update in the Beyond series.
    Engineering - We’re going to make sure that every upgrade you craft with engineers will be an improvement on what you currently have

    Crime and Punishment - We’re going to add teeth to system authority ships response to better support meaningful consequence for criminal activities

    Trade - We’re going to improve trade data information to let you make more informed decisions when trying to buy low and sell high

    Wings - We’re going to add challenging wing missions you will be able to take on with your friends.

    Planetary tech improvements – We are revisiting the shaders and the graphs that generate our planets. We’ll be adding detail, contrast and colour for a richer more detailed, more realistic look. You’ll start to see that variety throughout the Elite Galaxy from our Q1 update.

    Continuing Narrative - From update 1 in the Beyond series you’ll see all of the current story threads continue to develop. The story will continue to influence the content and gameplay of Elite Dangerous. As the community explore the locations progressing the global narrative this will also unlock items for individual Commanders.

    GalNet Audio – A new way to enjoy the narrative threads of Elite Dangerous. GalNet audio will read the news to you as you explore the galaxy in your ship.

    Content updates

    more information coming but this will include things such as new ships, missions, scenarios and other new content.

    New Ships

    New ships will be released throughout the Beyond series of updates, and we showed off two of them at FX2017. We’re bringing back a much-loved classic from the original Elite with the Krait, and giving the Alliance some love with the combat-leaning Chieftain.


    Quarter 4 update

    Here are just a few things we talked about coming as part of the Quarter 4 update in the Beyond series.

    Squadrons - Players like working together, w so we’re going to add a new organisation structure for player groups, called Squadrons. You’ll be able to create your own squadron with tools to manage its hierarchy and membership. Squadrons will feature enhanced communication options, making it easier to coordinate your efforts, whether you’re doing completing community goals, supporting your power or manipulating the background simulation. And as a little treat, squadrons will be able to purchase a fleet carrier, giving members a mobile base of operations where they can restock, refuel and respawn.


    Mining - A big focus of these updates is core gameplay, so we want to take another look at mining. We want to make the processes of mining more involving and satisfying. It needs to be more than just lasering an asteroid. We want to expand the ways in which you detect and extract resources, give you a tool set, variety and choice in how you mine. Importantly, we want invoke the feeling of Wild West prospecting: jeopardy from crises and challenges out in the void, and the potential for striking it big finding the mother lode in special asteroids. Our goal is to make mining a fully-fledged career, something that you can progress and work on.


    Planetary Tech Improvements – Leading up to the Q4 update we’ll be making Improvements to our lighting model, our scatter rock system, improving ambient effects, planetary phenomena, volumetric effects and vapour. These techniques will combine to create richer environments to explore in our Q4 update. These are important steps in our ongoing planetary development.


    Exploration - we’re going to significantly improve and build on exploration. The exploring flow will be more involved, more efficient and more satisfying. These new mechanics will also improve the experience for anyone searching for something, be that a mission or a particular resource. To support exploration we’re adding the Codex, an archive that logs your exploration achievements and acts as a repository for game lore. There will also be new phenomena, anomalies and other exciting things to discover.

    That is all great stuff......but do the exploration mechanics improvements *really* need to be delayed to Q4? Exploration is the area in most dire need of a mechanical upgrade, & the connection of the mechanic to missions makes this even more the case. I do hope you guys reconsider on this front.

    In all other respects, though, it looks like a great year ahead. Look forward to hearing more soon.......maybe via some regular Dev Updates?

  11. #26
    So.....still no Panrher Clipper? :P

  12. #27
    Originally Posted by Marc_Hicks View Post (Source)
    That is all great stuff......but do the exploration mechanics improvements *really* need to be delayed to Q4? Exploration is the area in most dire need of a mechanical upgrade, & the connection of the mechanic to missions makes this even more the case. I do hope you guys reconsider on this front.

    In all other respects, though, it looks like a great year ahead. Look forward to hearing more soon.......maybe via some regular Dev Updates?
    You have a point of course, but if the planet detail updates in Q1 are as good as those pictures we saw, then the wait for better exploration mechanics will be easier.

  13. #28
    Thanks for the recap. Couldn't follow the event since my internet has been down for several days, so it's nice to have all the info in one place.

    I do hope a squadron consisting of a single player will be eligible to purchase a carrier if they can get the funds/materials together.

  14. #29
    Originally Posted by Nick Sticks View Post (Source)
    You have a point of course, but if the planet detail updates in Q1 are as good as those pictures we saw, then the wait for better exploration mechanics will be easier.
    I understand, but I do hope that-if the new mechanics are ready earlier, that they won't be afraid to release them earlier than expected.....or maybe even do a phased release, if possible.

    Either way, I am very hopeful that-by around this time next year-all the various career paths (exploration, piracy, bounty hunting, mining, trading) will all be at relative parity regarding risk vs reward :).

  15. #30
    Originally Posted by Marc_Hicks View Post (Source)
    I understand, but I do hope that-if the new mechanics are ready earlier, that they won't be afraid to release them earlier than expected.....or maybe even do a phased release, if possible.

    Either way, I am very hopeful that-by around this time next year-all the various career paths (exploration, piracy, bounty hunting, mining, trading) will all be at relative parity regarding risk vs reward :).
    I agree.

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