Elite: Dangerous Beta 3.0 Has Gone Live With 500 New Star Systems, New Ships And More

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The latest Beta phase for Elite: Dangerous, the upcoming space simulator from Frontier Developments, has gone live. Players who stump up £50 for beta access will get an array of new content including missions, ships, and visual and interface improvements, all in an expanded universe now containing around 2500 fully-realised star systems.

New gameplay additions comes in the form of a philanthropy missions system, the ability to intercept others passing through local space, and the ability to source fuel from nearby stars should you find the tank running low in the deepest, darkest, depths of space.

Elite: Dangerous is based upon the Milky Way galaxy itself, and so far the team at Frontier Developments has added a total of around 2500 systems, with 500 new ones coming in that update. Just to put this into perspective though, Frontier is aiming to have 400 billion star systems ready in Elite: Dangerous when it officially launches. 

Big changes have also occurred for several visual aspects of Elite: Dangerous. Planets in particular have been upgraded; atmospheric colours now reflect the chemical composition, as does the type and colour of the surface, ice caps and liquid on all planets are now dynamic, while volcanic and icy planets will also get added detail. Pilots will need to take a bit extra care out in space now  though as asteroid belt clusters will now be floating out in the deepest reaches of space.

There are two new ships added - the Imperial Clipper and Federal Dropship. These have been added alongside an update which allows for players to own multiple ships. 

To play the new version of Elite: Dangerous previous players will have to click on a news article contained in the old launcher and download a new launcher from there as the original launcher will no longer work. Frontier has warned that there may be a few teething issues with this 3.0 update but has promised some smaller updates over the coming days to fix any problems that may arise.

Elite Dangerous is expected to launch later this year on PC. Although the latest update vastly expands the system it’s still a long way from the expansive universe containing 400 billion star systems that the game developers promise, so we wouldn't be too surprised to see this slip into 2015.

Have you forked out the cash for beta access to Elite Dangerous yet? What do you make of all these improvements, do you think Frontier's going to be able to get Elite: Dangerous ready for a 2014 launch?

 

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05:14 Oct-30-2014

This game doesn't disappoint & is coming through well unfortunately I wish I could say that for star citizen I hope that it delivers even half of its promises

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06:33 Oct-30-2014

To be fair, Elite is out soon, Star Citizen isn't supppsed to be released till 2016, it's got some way to go yet :)

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12:03 Oct-30-2014

Yeah I know but realistically star citizen is gonna be a title that tried to please everyone so their end product could end up being mediocre at best just sayin

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19:09 Oct-29-2014

I want this game so badly… But i made mistake and bought SC…

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12:06 Oct-30-2014

Yeah big mistake mate game is great

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23:31 Nov-02-2014

Already fixed it. Bought Elite :D

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19:08 Oct-29-2014

I want this game so badly... But i made mistake and bought SC...

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17:46 Oct-29-2014

I've been hoping for these features since I started playing Elite Dangerous, sure glad to see star-siphoning and other cool stuff finally being added into the game

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17:40 Oct-29-2014

400 billion star systems.Kill me already :|
Can't decide between this and Star Citizen...maybe both...maybe a system upgrade...maybe I'll rob a bank to get the money...or maybe I'll go to college...

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18:21 Oct-29-2014

i keep saying it but everything past 270x is good for at least next 3 to 5 years depending on the tech development


(and im sure youre good for Elite: Dangerous right now ^^)

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13:50 Oct-30-2014

Yeah but first I want something like a 380X...gotta start saving money :D

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16:45 Oct-29-2014

I saw some gameplay of the game, I'm intrigued actually. Seems like a good use for my logitech joystick :)

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16:40 Oct-29-2014

It's cool seeing all these space games coming out. I'm still hoping for starcitizens success compared to this one. It's cool but star citizen is more me.

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15:59 Oct-29-2014

By the way, you forgot the most important thing they added, which is mining asteroids for minerals...

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15:57 Oct-29-2014

The new update is a blast to play, it's so much more enjoyable now, worth every single penny I paid.

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15:17 Oct-29-2014

I need to get home and update !!!!

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15:24 Oct-29-2014

Remember those times when we used to say, "I need to go home and give my son a hug"? What has the world come to.(jking ofcourse)

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16:39 Oct-29-2014

...... I haven't got a son :P

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18:17 Oct-29-2014

funny as ive hugged my PC once it was done ^^

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04:37 Oct-30-2014

Who hasnt

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