Frontier Developments is launching the Elite: Dangerous ‘beta 2’– a major content update to the current beta – on September 30th to mark the series’ 30th anniversary.
Elite: Dangerous is a flight sim game that was funded on Kickstarter with over $2.5 million back in January of 2013. ‘Beta 2’ is a major upgrade to the current beta that really pushes the game forward toward a proper release. David Braben, CEO of Frontier Developments, said in an official statement that, “We are excited for people to start playing Beta 2 on 30 September – its another major step forward in development, and the team continues to work hard towards the full release later this year.”
The full list of upgrades includes:
- Combat ratings from ‘Harmless’ all the way up to ‘Elite’
- Reputations per system and galaxy-wide that influence attitudes and prices offered to you
- Ability to discover and explore and scan new systems and sell the data on them
- Detailed system maps
- Around 500 additional star systems to explore
- Lakon Asp Explorer ships added
- Much greater variety of upgradable Life Support modules, Engines, Hyperdrives, Power Distributors, Sensors, Shield Generators and Cargo Racks for all ships
- Ships are subject to gradual ‘wear and tear’
- New weapons including mines and a new non-lethal missile-deployed cargo hatch disruptor for piracy
- Outposts (small, exposed ‘roadside café’ stations in remote locations)
- Occelus starports, a version of which can move around for early civilization of new systems and space tourism
- Visibility of other ships in supercruise, and track others through supercruise and hyperspace
- Newsfeeds about events from the rest of the galaxy and player activity in your local system
- All backers names (from the appropriate crowd-funding reward tiers) have been added to the NPC naming database
Other improvements include additional planetary ring types, more music and SLI/Crossfire support to run Elite: Dangerous in 4K. For those interested in exploring hundreds of star systems in a breathtaking universe, you can get into the beta on PC now by visiting their store page. Be warned though, the beta costs a hefty sum at $75, but it does come with a full copy of the game on release and a bunch of extra digital goodies.
Elite: Dangerous is set to release on PC by the end of 2014.