News Ship naming and Name Plates – how it will work

Thanks, Ed, for the clarification!

I really don't care, whether this is how it initially was intended anyway (and communication got messed up so far) or FDev changed their mind due to player feed-back. It doesn't matter!

All that matters is, that you guys have definitely restored my confidence in your "monetisation ethics" and thus secured the enjoyment of your awesome game. (Sounds a little bit over-dramatic I guess, but describes my view quite well.)
I think I will honor this by purchasing one of the plate variants - something that I would have skipped otherwise for sure. And maybe a new weapon color as well ... ;)
 
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Great news- not that I was expecting anything less. A bunch of people must/should feel pretty silly now. :D
I have no fear for them, they'll find plenty of fingers to hide behind.

It would help if they didn't say in a live stream that you would need to pay for CMDRs to see your name in their HUD in the first place.
 
Boy do I have a great idea for you for those name plates!

See, every time you kill NPC it could drop very rare item: ship name letter! Just like they drop now rare materials.

Next we introduce into the game new engineer. This engineer would create name plate by combining the letters you've gathered in random order (number of letters used is also random), creating the random name plate!

If you are dissatisfied with the end result - gather more letters and try again!

All in true spirit of engineering in Elite!

I'm only in favour of this if the new Engineers can only do eight letter plates when you meet them, and require ranking up to do nine, ten, eleven and finally twelve letter names.

Also, the position on the ship should also random. And the colour of the letters.
 
Thank you very much for that Ed!



Marketing team? You really don't pay attention.

I am amazed at how quickly this community have been jumping on things recently. Throughout the entire process it has always been said that others could see your ship name (unless it was deemed obscene), then last night during answering over 120 questions Sandro said something that conflicted with previous information.

So what happens? Do people wait for things to be discussed the next working day? No, they fly off the handle as though the sky was falling in and the world was about to explode. All the people in this thread saying that this "change" was the right decision have completely missed the point it wasn't a change. They weren't caving to the community, it was a slip on a livestream by a developer who had taken his own time to engage with us.

You all seriously need to take a long hard look at yourselves, because the attitude over the last few months is getting ridiculous!

This. There should be the Game of Thrones "Shame" meme plastered on the posts of a lot people around here...

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It would help if they didn't say in a live stream that you would need to pay for CMDRs to see your name in their HUD in the first place.


As it is noticed, it was a tiny bit of conflicting info after weeks of exaclty this infos already available.
Jumping to the guns has never been easier, I guess.

My general advice still stays true: Chill pill, go to the Winchester, and wait until it boils over. :D
 
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I'm only in favour of this if the new Engineers can only do eight letter plates when you meet them, and require ranking up to do nine, ten, eleven and finally twelve letter names.

Also, the position on the ship should also random. And the colour of the letters.

Those are very good additions! Added to my post.

I propose that windshield should not be excluded from the possible locations.
 
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What we need now is these plates IN THE STORE! :D

But seriously, how about having the ATC of station read out the Ship's ID instead of the first three letters of the CMDR's name?
 
Hi everyone,

There’s been a number of questions from Commanders regarding ship naming and how ship name plates will work so we wanted to give you a little more information about how these features will work when they’re released.

In-game ship naming

When you have named your ship in-game, your ship name will appear in multicrew grouping and in your HUD. In addition to this, in beta 5, when other people scan you, or target you in space they will be able to see your ship name in their UI. This feature will be available for all players of Elite Dangerous (both base game and Horizons players) including Xbox One, upcoming PS4 release and PC Commanders.

Cosmetic Ship Name Plates

The ship name plates will offer an added layer of cosmetic personalisation for Commanders wanting to wear their name with pride, much like paint jobs and other cosmetics currently available in the store.

Name plates will be made available in themed packs. These packs will contain three designs, each of which will be available in three colours: black, white, and grey. This makes a total of 9 nameplates per pack. After purchase, each pack will be available for use across all of your ships (Ship launched fighters and SRVs don’t have name plates) and each pack of 9 variant plates will be coming into store at just £2/€2.5/$3. This means that purchasing one pack of name plates will allow you to use that style across all of your current and future ships, at the same time and rename each individual ship as many times as you like. We believe this flexibility offers Commanders great value and is a great way to help support the continued development of Elite Dangerous.

Thanks!

Excellent. Warning: money incoming. :D
 
I am really glad for this clarification, because I was thinking to myself it was pretty damned stupid that the only way someone could know the name of your ship (Which can be scanned in super cruise from across the whole system) was if you had a bit of paint spelling it out on the side of your hull.

I'm glad that isn't the case, because the alternative was REALLY stupid.
 
Hi everyone,

There’s been a number of questions from Commanders regarding ship naming and how ship name plates will work so we wanted to give you a little more information about how these features will work when they’re released.

In-game ship naming

When you have named your ship in-game, your ship name will appear in multicrew grouping and in your HUD. In addition to this, in beta 5, when other people scan you, or target you in space they will be able to see your ship name in their UI. This feature will be available for all players of Elite Dangerous (both base game and Horizons players) including Xbox One, upcoming PS4 release and PC Commanders.

Cosmetic Ship Name Plates

The ship name plates will offer an added layer of cosmetic personalisation for Commanders wanting to wear their name with pride, much like paint jobs and other cosmetics currently available in the store.

Name plates will be made available in themed packs. These packs will contain three designs, each of which will be available in three colours: black, white, and grey. This makes a total of 9 nameplates per pack. After purchase, each pack will be available for use across all of your ships (Ship launched fighters and SRVs don’t have name plates) and each pack of 9 variant plates will be coming into store at just £2/€2.5/$3. This means that purchasing one pack of name plates will allow you to use that style across all of your current and future ships, at the same time and rename each individual ship as many times as you like. We believe this flexibility offers Commanders great value and is a great way to help support the continued development of Elite Dangerous.

Thanks!

Thanks Ed.
 
Thanks for the clarification Ed.

I did think it work work as you described so it's good to have the confirmation.
 
Thank you very much for that Ed!

Marketing team? You really don't pay attention.

I am amazed at how quickly this community have been jumping on things recently. Throughout the entire process it has always been said that others could see your ship name (unless it was deemed obscene), then last night during answering over 120 questions Sandro said something that conflicted with previous information.

So what happens? Do people wait for things to be discussed the next working day? No, they fly off the handle as though the sky was falling in and the world was about to explode. All the people in this thread saying that this "change" was the right decision have completely missed the point it wasn't a change. They weren't caving to the community, it was a slip on a livestream by a developer who had taken his own time to engage with us.

You all seriously need to take a long hard look at yourselves, because the attitude over the last few months is getting ridiculous!

Get off my back Ozric, you're always on it.
 
Boy do I have a great idea for you for those name plates!

See, every time you kill NPC it could drop very rare item: ship name letter! Just like they drop now rare materials.

Next we introduce into the game new engineer. This engineer would create name plate by combining the letters you've gathered in random order (number of letters used is also random), creating the random name plate!

If you are dissatisfied with the end result - gather more letters and try again!

All in true spirit of engineering in Elite!

Yay! I spent 12 hours in a SRV and all I found was a bunch of Z,X and ж's. Wait until a re-loggable source of vowels are found.
 
Lovely. Thank you. Works for me. Seems entirely reasonable.

If people are going to argue something that costs less than a cup of coffee, imagine how much arguing that point to death would be worth if you actually had to bill the time.

It's a few bucks/ pounds/ pesos for ship wide plates. Move on.
 
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Clear and honest communication between us solves any problem, fdevs.

I'll gladly buy a couple of those to support you in this little way
 
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Yay! I spent 12 hours in a SRV and all I found was a bunch of Z,X and ж's. Wait until a re-loggable source of vowels are found.

That's another great addition to the idea! Indeed some letters should only be found on planet surfaces! Added to my post.
 
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