News The Guardians 2.2.03 Update and Beta

Brett C

Frontier
Greetings Commanders,

Throughout the development of 2.2 and the 2.2 beta, we found the feedback that you gave us absolutely invaluable. The discussion around balancing and feature improvements, both in the office and on our forums, has brought some interesting and positive things into focus. For that reason we've decided to keep the thrusters burning and release an important point update that will have a big impact on some of the core mechanics in Elite Dangerous: Horizons. With the 2.2.03 update we want to continue the positivity that the 2.2 update and balance changes brought to Elite Dangerous, while giving Powerplay some love at the same time.

Beta starts tomorrow! (7th December)

Because it's such a special update that contains some fundamental gameplay changes, it's important that things are thoroughly tested and tweaked until they're just right. For the first time ever we're running a point update beta that starts on December 7th and will remain open until the update is released after Christmas in the new year.

The beta will be available to all those with previous Elite Dangerous beta access.


The update will focus on three main things, and we'll be looking for feedback on each topic:

- Powerplay adjustments: Changes to how AI react to players in Powerplay, and discussing potential mechanical improvement. More information on this here:
https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/309692

- Engineer Changes: Balancing tweaks to promote greater variety in recipe use and smooth over a few problems, focussed on combat related blueprints for this pass. More information on this here: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/310527

- Combat Balancing: Changes to existing weapons to enable greater choice in how players can effectively choose and outfit their ships for combat.
https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/309693


As usual we'll have a beta feedback forum, and bug reporting channels open for any feedback or suggestions you may have. Thanks again for helping us to make Elite Dangerous the best possible game it can be. Good luck Commanders.

Bug Reports: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/forumdisplay.php/146
Beta Feedback: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/forumdisplay.php/147
 
It's beta access open to anyone with any previous beta access or only the most recent beta?

Also, will there be a replay for the stream? I could only watch the first 10 minutes.

Cheers.
 
The stream was awesome. You guys basically hit on most of the feedback from the forums and that's great. It's good to see that you're not ignoring us here :)
 
It's beta access open to anyone with any previous beta access or only the most recent beta?

Also, will there be a replay for the stream? I could only watch the first 10 minutes.

Cheers.

Horizons beta access. Stream VOD will be available on FD youtube channel (it takes time to appear after stream ends usually).
 
Interesting days ahead!

I wonder if it might be beneficial to try to direct beta tester efforts a little more in Powerplay testing. Some of the PP changes are meant to reduce 5th column operations, so perhaps somebody with more time and entrepreneurial spirit could try to organize PP groups where a certain percentage of players are deliberately trying to sabotage the group. Can 5% of players in a PP group sabotage it? 10%?
 
Howdy Brett. Is there any news on the time-frame for the 2.3 release? I know you're busy with the 2.2.03 update, but those who have been hanging out for Commander Creator & Multi-crew are dying for even a rough ETA? Pretty please? ;)
 
Horizons beta access. Stream VOD will be available on FD youtube channel (it takes time to appear after stream ends usually).

Thanks, mate.

I wonder if they'll open up paid access. I was a beta backer but not for Horizons (I just preordered it). My time is limited to play so I've not committed to any betas for a while but this is the first beta that's changed my mind on that.

I'd be willing to pay for access to this one and stop playing live for a bit. It's too important not to get involved with.
 
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ikr, seems odd they were so obsessed with not calling SRV a buggy yet recipe seems the in-house term for modifications
+1 for lulz
Is there a TL:DW post of notes from the video anywhere yet, so I don't have to watch an hour plus on YouTube?
 
Will commander data be wiped as usual for large releases at the end of this Beta? Or will it persist since it's a point release?
 
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