- DW2 in the Media
- Distant Worlds 3 Speculation
- Restructuring the way future Distant Worlds expeditions will be organised
Epilogue & Acknowledgements
Thank you, the DW2 team!
My thanks to the entire DW2 organisation team, its project leaders and their individual team members, the event creators, the Console team, and the Fleetcomm admins, moderators, and helpers for their time and dedication in helping to make this expedition into the amazing gaming experience it’s been. We also want to thank the Rock Rats, Iridium Wing, the Screaming Eagles, CoR, and DSN for their participation and roles on DW2.
This expedition was organised by a whole team, not by individuals. The vast majority of these people have worked tirelessly in the background with no public presence, but the work they've put into it has been integral in making DW2 an event packed full of fun gameplay, events, and social interaction that has been shared by thousands of players, had thousands more watch it unfold, and no doubt will have thousands more reading about it for a long time to come.
On a personal note I'd like to take this opportunity to mention a few people who helped lay solid foundations for DW2 in the early days of its planning and who helped bind things together ...
Special thanks to Qohen Leth. Qohen was one of the first people I brought on board to see the early plans for DW2 and help lay the foundation work for it back in late 2017. The sheer amount of work he put into this project since then, with the setting up of the roster, website hosting, graphics, admin work, and interacting with the community on the forums and discord when promoting DW2, is something that we’ll always be personally grateful to him for.
And thanks must go to Kancro Vantas, Satsuma, NeoTron, and their moderator team and helpers for their dedication in administrating the FleetComm discord server - which over the space of a few weeks at one point had an influx of over 10,000 new members to deal with! Thank you for your time and patience, and for allowing DW2 to be hosted on FleetComm.
I also want to thank Charlie Hall from Polygon magazine, for committing months of his gametime to travelling with the fleet and promoting the event to the gaming world, for taking part in its events, and following the player stories as they unfolded across the galaxy, and chronicling his journey in a fantastic series of articles that perfectly captured the essence of what DW2 was all about.
Finally we'd all like to thank Frontier Developments for supporting DW2 with its Community Goals. They allowed the expedition to be the vehicle to create a new chapter of lore with the construction of a Starport right in the heart of the galaxy. That's a big deal for them as I'm sure they had plans of their own for that unique part of the galaxy, but they saw the potential of what DW2 was striving to achieve, and they supported the initiative - giving the players the opportunity to make some gameplay history and lore along the way.
Thank you, the DW2 fleet!
DW2 has been a journey, not just in the game itself, but a journey of social interaction, making friends, working as a team, and seeing peoples ideas flourish and be embraced by thousands of fellow explorers. As was the case on DW1, which gave rise to the Rock Rats & Candy Crew, DW has once again been the birthplace of more emergent gameplay ideas and groups, this time the community now have the amazing Hull Seals, the Kingfishers, and Distant Radio 3305, and we hope they’ll go on to be part of many events and expeditions to come.
But most of all its been fantastic to see so many thousands of players, many of them new to not only exploration, but also new to Elite Dangerous itself, come along on this journey of discovery and enjoy the best of what online gaming in a sandbox world has to offer. Without you, there is no event. Your participation on this journey will be immortalised on the fleet roster : Link.
The Explorer's Anchorage, DSSV 'Distant Worlds' Megaship, and Sagittarius A* Astrophysics Lab, which you were a part of bringing into being, will be some of the lasting in-game legacies of this adventure, and something future explorers will be visiting and making use of for years to come.
- Erimus Kamzel and the entire DW2 Organisation team.
DW2 in the media
DW2 may have made gaming history, depending on what metrics you use, but consider that this was a player run event, written by the players, organised by the players, and overseen by the players, it had almost 14,000 participants, and it all took place over several months in one the largest video game worlds so far created...we can't think of any other player created event in any other video game doing anything on this scale, or for this long, in this big a gameworld. Maybe it was a first in that respect?
DW2 was extensively covered in dozens of press write-ups, and around 30 magazine articles were written about it, including coverage in The New Scientist! The expedition was featured on mainstream German radio broadcasts, and thanks to Dr. Kaii’s PR, the expedition even received a good luck message from astronaut Chris Hadfield on the eve of its launch. It's been talked about far and wide because it caught the imagination of people who love to see this kind of creativity, energy, and enthusiasm from a gaming community.
That is a lasting testament of how everyone pulling together; organizers, participants, and game developers, can create a little bit of gaming history. We all now have a new benchmark to live up to for DW3!
Sagittarius Eye, 18 Nov 2017 (issue #3)
GameStar, 5 Feb. 2018
Sagittarius Eye, 18 Jul 2018 (issue #11)
Polygon, 28 Dec. 2018
KnowTechie, 28 Dec. 2018
Gamerz Unite, 29 Dec. 2018
MeinMMO, 30 Dec. 2018
HiComm, 31 Dec. 2018
UploadVR, 2 Jan. 2019
Union Cosmos (blog), 3 Jan. 2019
Polygon, 7 Jan. 2019
Polygon, 9 Jan. 2019
PC Gamer, 9 Jan. 2019
DerStandard, 10 Jan. 2019
Polygon, 11 Jan. 2019
Kotaku, 12 Jan. 2019
Polygon, 14 Jan. 2019
GameStar, 14 Jan. 2019
Rock Paper Shotgun, 15 Jan. 2019
PC Gamer, 15 Jan. 2019
AltChar, 16 Jan. 2019
New Scientist, 16 Jan. 2019
GameStar, 17 Jan. 2019 (German)
Polygon, 18 Jan. 2019
Rock Paper Shotgun, 29 Jan. 2019
Polygon, 6 Feb. 2019
Polygon, 18 Feb. 2019
Polygon, 8 Mar. 2019
Polygon, 6 May 2019
Sagittarius Eye, 13 Jun. 2019 (issue #22)
Kotaku, 18 Jun. 2019
Rock Paper Shotgun, 8 Jul. 2019
Kotaku, 8 Jul. 2019
Distant Worlds 2 YouTube Playlist - A collection of videos created by fleet members during their journey across the galaxy