The third beta phase for Elite Dangerous is live now, and introduces two new ships, a larger area of the galaxy to mess around in, a host of visual and interface improvements, and new content for project backers to test before the game’s anticipated release before the end of this year.
New gameplay content arrives in the form of enhanced interdiction mechanics – allowing players to interrupt the passage of others through local space – a new philanthropy missions system, asteroid mining, and the ability to scoop fuel out of nearby stars if you’ve rather awkwardly found yourself stranded in Alpha Centauri.
The game area itself has also been increased from the 500 systems available in the previous beta round, to nearly 2500 as of this morning. A galaxy comprised of 400 billion star systems is planned for launch, so there’s still a little way to go before the ultimate scope of the game is realised.
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- 29 Oct 2014 09:09:00 +0000