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  1. #76
    Originally Posted by Zac Antonaci View Post (Source)
    Greetings Commanders,

    First of all, we would like to take a moment to thank you all for the continued support and making Elite Dangerous the incredible, community driven, phenomenon that it is today.

    We started our Elite Dangerous journey over 6 years ago and today hundreds of thousands of Commanders log in regularly to continue their epic space journey. From a personal perspective, joining the team shortly after the kickstarter, and being a part of this incredible community has truly been one of the most amazing highlights of my career. From in-person community meet ups, online community groups and jaw-dropping events, you have always inspired us with your passion and enthusiasm.

    We wanted to take a moment to talk about a number of topics being discussed in the community and to be as open and transparent as possible. It’s a long read, so make sure you’re safely docked and comfortable before attempting to navigate this post.

    The things we’d like to go through include Chapter Four content and a little about a future beyond “Beyond”, as well as touching on the subject of “paid premium content” in 2018 for Lifetime Expansion Pass owners.

    Let’s get started with Chapter Four content. As all of you know, our largest update of the year is in final development and will be available for players to get hands-on with in just a number of weeks (Some time in Q4).This will be the final update of 2018 and the Beyond season. The Beyond season was always something that we wanted to do in order to bring even more enhancements to the core experience of Elite and being able to dedicate a full development team (over 100 people!) for a full year of free content was specifically to gear ourselves up to support our long term vision for the game.
    On a personal note, Squadrons is something I’m most excited by. Seeing our player groups grow and the stories they’ve created has been incredible and now being able to see them take that to the next level, formalize their groups in-game, TAG up and team up is something I’m really looking forward to.

    There’s also a huge group of players who are most excited by the many new additions to exploration. I know from talking to so many of you online and in-person, this is a huge moment and the development team are working really hard to deliver new content and mechanics to give explorers that thrill of venturing out into the black. And then there’s even more with additions with significant mining enhancements, a full game visual upgrade and the Codex which all bring even more richness to the game experience and depth to the way people play. It’s certainly an update we’re all very excited to see the community explore.

    We do have one exciting piece of news to share that to date, we have not shared with our community. A while ago, our development went from pre-production into full production on our next major milestone of Elite development.

    What that means in the simplest terms is that the team are actively working on the next major landmark which takes us into our next era for Elite. We aren’t going to be ready to talk about or announce any details for quite a while yet, it is early in the development and there is still a long way to go, but I can say that this is something that will be scheduled to release a considerable time after the final update in the Beyond series. We will have more details on exactly what this means and how the era will roll out after the release of Beyond – Chapter Four, but this does mark some exciting next steps and a continued commitment to the long term vision for the game and our community.

    Naturally, there will be community questions that might come up from this information. We aren’t going to be ready to talk about what method or model the content will be. What we can say is that it’s expected to be a major milestone in the history of Elite and will be paid content. Lifetime Expansion owners will obviously receive the content as part of their pass.

    As part of pre-production, the team investigate all areas of the content and scope them out thoroughly. It’s important to take the time to be clear on what the vision for this is and how we imagine the content working. During this process, we have made a decision to adjust the focus of content that were previously planned for the Chapter Four update, adding some significant new gameplay, but it also means some other aspects will have to change. This means that some elements of content such as Ice Planets (which many of you will have seen some fantastic progress updates from LaveCon earlier this year) and Fleet Carriers for squadrons will not be coming as part of the Beyond – Chapter Four update. Some of the technology from the ice planets specifically will be used within our wider and global visual upgrade, so there will still be general improvements, but not everything we originally envisaged. However, we wanted you to be aware that these two elements specifically would be reprioritised out of the upcoming Beyond - Chapter Four update. What this does mean is that the rest of the content will be able to benefit for the changes in scheduling through deeper and richer gameplay mechanics. The Chapter Four update still has the same, if not bigger scope and continues to promise the largest update of the Beyond season and a truck load of great features for all Horizons Commanders for free. We’re very excited to be sharing the details with you over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more info.

    Another area that we’ve had a number of questions on is the “premium content” coming in 2018.

    As many of you will know, we previously mentioned that premium (paid for) content would also be coming within the Beyond season of updates and that Lifetime Expansion Pass holders would be getting this for free. However, as we went through the early stages of what the next era for Elite Dangerous would be, we decided that it would be better to spend that additional time on the future content, rather than bringing new types of purchasable content out this year.

    This is a big positive for the long term future of the game and its content. However, we also understand that there are people with Lifetime Expansion Passes who haven’t received paid for content in this season, because Beyond has been free to all owners of Horizons. We truly appreciate the support and commitment that those owners put in us when they purchased the LEP and we will be making sure that there is a form of free store content going out to them by the end of this year.

    The most important thing we would like for our community to take from this, is that there are some incredibly exciting things just over the horizon. The Elite Dangerous development team is larger than it has been at any point in the last 6 years. It is thanks to your continued support, dedication, feedback and engagement that has made this possible. We have the Beyond Chapter Four update coming soon, our largest update in the Beyond season, with some awesome headline features and a fantastically promising future of content and ongoing development. We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you in the future. However, if you have any questions feel free to share them with us by posting in this thread and we’ll try and answer as many of them as we can.

    Thanks
    Thank you for this. It is great to hear that you are working on some mysterious new stuffs .
    I do hope that we will hear more shortly after the release of chapter 4. No details needed, just some headlines.

  2. #77
    Originally Posted by StevieG View Post (Source)
    High five. Looking forward to seeing what I get in my free store goody bag
    I would like the Elite cap


  3. #78
    No carriers and no fancy ice planets for Q4, but we know Q4 is just in the corner.
    New paid content in 2019, like Horizons was, that will contain one or more of the three or at least we hope it will:
    -Space legs
    -Atmospheric worlds including fancy ice ones
    -Better networking

    Keep up the good work guys!

    PS: Make more SRV types! We have tons of ships but only one SRV!

  4. #79
    I’ve got an LEP (funny story bought it by accident when I started on the xbone beta but it’s come in handy now I’m on a pc) and not having to pay for new stuff is (obviously) great, but it’s not the reason I keep playing. THAT reason is the awesome game you have built and are still building.
    If I’m honest I’ve already had way more than my money’s worth from u guys as it is so nothing free for a season??? I can live with that.
    A big thanks to you and all at frontier, that’s for those at the top all the way to the tea lady and the cleaners, you’ve brought back my youth with a version of ELITE I dreamed of being able to play and like the rest of us it’s obvious you just want the dream to get bigger and better.

  5. #80
    My body is ready.

  6. #81
    as long as i can buy the said content, i cant wait to see the new features

  7. #82
    Originally Posted by Fenyl View Post (Source)
    tl:dr
    No ice planets and fleet carriers in Q4.
    Many words of excitement over some undisclosed mistical content, as per usual.

    Sweet new skins in shop tho.
    Damn Frontier, what's next, tickets for streams?
    You forgot the grind..... more grind!

  8. Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. #83
    Originally Posted by Guywired View Post (Source)
    Can you clarify what you are saying about Fleet Carriers and Squadrons?

    There seems to be some confusion.
    Sure!

    Squardons is still a major part of the Beyond - Chapter Four update. However, the fleet carriers specifically were prioritized and unfortunately won't be making it into the Chapter Four update. they may well come in the future and that doesn't mean that they will be paid for content. But as you'll see in the post of mine above, it's a little early to be able to talk about the dates and details at this time. We'll soon be able to share more details on the Beyond - Chapter Four update as a whole. Hope that helps?

  9. #84
    Thanks Zac, REALLY appreciate the communication. You'll forgive me if what I initially take from that is ..

    "This means that some elements of content such as Ice Planets (which many of you will have seen some fantastic progress updates from LaveCon earlier this year) and Fleet Carriers for squadrons will not be coming as part of the Beyond – Chapter Four update."

    .. and no premium "paid" content coming this year either. Gutted. Sorry but there it is.

  10. #85
    Originally Posted by Patrick_68000 View Post (Source)
    I would like the Elite cap

    I'm wearing it right now.

    Jealous?

  11. #86
    Originally Posted by Zac Antonaci View Post (Source)
    As part of pre-production, the team investigate all areas of the content and scope them out thoroughly. It’s important to take the time to be clear on what the vision for this is and how we imagine the content working. During this process, we have made a decision to adjust the focus of content that were previously planned for the Chapter Four update, adding some significant new gameplay, but it also means some other aspects will have to change. This means that some elements of content such as Ice Planets (which many of you will have seen some fantastic progress updates from LaveCon earlier this year) and Fleet Carriers for squadrons will not be coming as part of the Beyond – Chapter Four update. Some of the technology from the ice planets specifically will be used within our wider and global visual upgrade, so there will still be general improvements, but not everything we originally envisaged. However, we wanted you to be aware that these two elements specifically would be reprioritised out of the upcoming Beyond - Chapter Four update. What this does mean is that the rest of the content will be able to benefit for the changes in scheduling through deeper and richer gameplay mechanics. The Chapter Four update still has the same, if not bigger scope and continues to promise the largest update of the Beyond season and a truck load of great features for all Horizons Commanders for free. We’re very excited to be sharing the details with you over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more info.
    Thanks
    This sounds like "we're taking out content from Beyond ch.4 and putting it in a future, paid update".

    Man, this is disappointing.

  12. #87
    Thanx Zac, i wish the best to Elite.

    I played around 3000 hours and that is best entertaiment investition i ever did. I owe a LEP, but in my gratitude for Your work i surely buy game expansion or game copy to some of my friends.
    When i calculate a game price for hours i played and fun i got - its too cheap and too good to stop supporting it by owing a LEP or only by buying a skins.

  13. #88
    So, Space Legs and planetary landings confirmed after Beyond

    This feedback is good. Its a shame the planetary ice planet improvements and carriers have been cut, but if this means a better Elite future, then its probably worth while.

    I hope exploration is still going to be implemented as originally planned.

    Question is: how is 2019 going to shape up - is the mayor new stuff going to be released in 2019, or is 2019 going to be a fairly quite year for Elite with small 3.1 / 3.2 like updates, with the major new things coming in 2020? How long is 'significant'?

  14. #89
    Don't want to make a big deal about it but I'm a teensy bit concerned about the focus on multiplayer co-op stuff; multicrew, wing-missions, powerplay, squadrons and carrier ships (that we know of).

    You probably wouldn't publish the information for the benefit of us pleb's but I'm sure you can access statistics that show what percentage of the player-base regularly spends a significant proportion of their time in wings and what percentage play alone, in any mode.

    Try not to completely lose sight of the concept of a lone pilot making their way in a big, bad galaxy.
    That is, after all, the core premise of the franchise.

  15. #90
    Originally Posted by Cosmo View Post (Source)
    Yeah I suppose some of that tech would also enhance the other airless worlds.

    I'm a fan of Elite and support this game. It's just that well if I read between the lines it's: post-pone 2 major features for 2019 and no premium content. There's literally nothing new in this announcement that we haven't heard about before for Beyond Chapter Four.
    Yeah. Well, Zac says it will be revealed in upcoming weeks. I guess that's what 3rd October was for.

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