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  1. #16
    Originally Posted by nanite2000 View Post (Source)
    .......... the basic body data will be available without requiring a discovery scan.
    Are you sure? As that is not how it looked during the last beta run I did - you still needed to honk then.

  2. #17
    Originally Posted by NebulaVoyager View Post (Source)
    I don't think there is much to discover, as many players have been everywhere.



    You are correct, there is only 99.85% of the galaxy left to discover, so yep not much left!

    If you get a thousand or two light years out of the bubble, or even just go up or down off the zero plane a bit, you’ll start finding huge amounts of undiscovered systems very close to civilization. If you go even further you can fly for days (even weeks) without seeing a tag on anything at all.

  3. #18
    Originally Posted by Para Handy View Post (Source)
    Are you sure? As that is not how it looked during the last beta run I did - you still needed to honk then.
    Ah, I may have misunderstood then.

    I didn't try the beta - I'm only going by what was said on the streams. Hmmm...in that case, the honk will reveal any already discovered bodies, and you only need to use the FSS if for those that have not yet been discovered by someone else...?

  4. #19
    Don't take what was seen in the Beta as what we'll see Live. In the 3rd week all the discoveries were wiped.......as they were in Beta 1, I had ships parked in Stations in Systems that the Galmap said I hadn't yet visited!!!

  5. #20
    Originally Posted by Shiro Akai View Post (Source)
    Not what but who discovered. Your scanner just tells you that *you* discovered new things. The fact that someone else found that before you is here irrelevant. All of this is tied to how exploration data and earning is done.

    It goes like this. ED launched and CMDRs started to play. Every planet, star, moon or asteroid belt was "undiscovered". CMDRs started to fly and visit those places. And they got their own "discoveries". Bonus for being first pilot to discover given object and report it back.

    Now, fast forward to today. Question: how you can perform exploration, as a new CMDR, when all bubble and every system around was already long discovered? You can't. So developers made this mechanic.

    When you get into the system for the first time and scan it, you get *your* discovery. If you find system that is undiscovered by now, you get bonus of "discovered by" tag. This way you, as a new CMDR, can still "discover" places and earn money out of it.

    There's second issue with "discovering" and earning money. By using that mechanic game tracks what you personally visited and scanned so you can't scan multiple times one system and claim credits for exploration data.

    In short - treat galaxy as unexplored by you. The fact that given star/moon/planet already has a "discovered by" tag is irrelevant. It is *you* who discovered to for you.
    You seem to understand these mysteries. Sometimes I enter a system for the first time and I dont need to discover anything. The system map is already complete. Why is that?

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    (Haven't used that in over three years but it seemed appropriate!)

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    Now I'm drooling....

  9. #24
    Originally Posted by Factabulous View Post (Source)
    Must .... resist ....



    No, in fact far less than 1% of the galaxy had been visited, never mind scanned.

    Edit: in fact 0.003% of galaxy https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/elite-dan...of-the-galaxy/
    With over 400 billion star systems in this game, at 0.003% that's 1.2 billion systems discovered. That in itself is pretty impressive, and the game has been out for almost 4 years. Thats 300 million systems a year being discovered. At that rate it would take us over 1,300 years to discover all 400 billion systems in the game.

  10. #25
    Originally Posted by Krash View Post (Source)
    Sometimes I enter a system for the first time and I dont need to discover anything. The system map is already complete. Why is that?
    Populated systems with a population of 100,000 people or more typically have their system data already available even on your first visit. The rationale behind this is that busy systems will have traded their system data with enough star systems for it to always be available.

    If you travel to an unpopulated system, and the system data is already available, it means you must have previously visited the system before.

    But like I said, this is all going to change slightly after next week...

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