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Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #70 - From Frontier Developments
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Greetings, Commander,
 
Welcome to Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #70.

This week, we're on news stands in Official Xbox Magazine, 
taking a look at some of the new features we're rolling out with the upcoming Powerplay update, and looking back at our visit to the i54 gaming festival in Coventry, UK where we met hundreds of Elite: Dangerous fans from around Britain and the world.

We're always listening and always eager to hear your feedback. You can hear directly from the development team on our ForumsTwitterFacebook and right here in the newsletter every week. 

Contents This Week

Elite: Dangerous in Official Xbox Magazine


Last month Official Xbox Magazine visited Frontier's studios here in Cambridge, UK. The magazine toured the studio and spent time with Frontier's founder and CEO David Braben, Executive Producer Mike Brookes, Executive Head of Design Laurence Oldham, Head of Audio Jim Croft and Art Director Chris Gregory to see what's going on with the Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous.
Official Xbox Magazine is the first magazine to be allowed within Frontier's walls since Edge stopped by in February of last year, and their eight-page article features exclusive new screens and art our team made specially for OXM.

The new Official Xbox Magazine is on news stands and iTunes today, and we'll have more for you on Elite: Dangerous for Xbox One later this year.

Developer Update


In his weekly forum development update, Executive Producer Mike Brookes looked ahead to some of the extra content you'll find in the upcoming Powerplay update for Elite: Dangerous.

The core of Powerplay is a secret we're keeping for another couple of weeks, but the update will include a number of new systems and features like the drones we mentioned in last week's newsletter.
This week, Mike Brookes announced a major overhaul for the missions system. It's something we've been working on since the game's initial release, and will give us the framework we need for a wider range of missions and ways to improve the variety you'll find across the galaxy. We’ll be making use of the player inbox to support mission branches, making them easier to manage.

"One of the limitations of the current system is that missions tended to be a good option for starting players, but not so much for later on in the game," Brookes explains. "The overhaul will address this issue by making missions available for more experienced players, as well as offering specific missions for higher ranks or status."

Players with specific status or rank will receive special missions following the update, with Kickstarter backers at Founder level receiving a mention in Mike's update. What's more, the influence of reputation on missions will be increased to reward players who build a high reputation with minor factions.


We're always watching how players play and listening to feedback, so we're making the maximum loan value for rebuying ships scale with your Pilots Federation rank, and we're giving explorers an advantage with the option to install multiple fuel tanks to your ship.

Stay tuned, because even with all this, we've barely scratched the surface of how Powerplay will change the way you play Elite: Dangerous. 

Newsletter Peek Of The Week

A very early look at the Diamondback concept. We'll be showing you more of the Diamondback in coming weeks before its debut in the Powerplay update.

Elite: Dangerous Visits i54


Hopping in Frontier Developments’ fully-insured-for-business-travel Asp Explorer, we navigated to i54 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. Insomnia invites thousands of gamers from all over the world to play the latest games, take part in e-sports events and meet with some of the developers of their favourite games.
In our own private demo area for Elite: Dangerous, we demoed the game for hundreds of new recruits and long-time commanders, and strapped comedian, writer, musician and actor Bill Bailey into our Oculus Rift setup and watched him pinball between asteroids on his way to taking down an enemy Sidewinder.
We also entered the traditional Insomnia pub quiz with our Cambridge neighbours, Runescape developers Jagex, and beat around forty other teams to win a cash prize which was donated to SpecialEffect, a charity dedicated to helping disabled gamers enjoy videogames.

We'll keep you updated on all our upcoming festival and conference appearances in Britain and around the world.

Comms Chatter

 
This week, Zeden Jika on youtube takes a look at the orbital stations and outposts of Elite: Dangerous in this relaxing video.
The First Great Expedition is organising a communal exploration event starting tomorrow (April 11). Their aim is to travel 1,000 light years and establish a base camp as a rendezvous point for various smaller exploration expeditions, charting the borders of a region of the galaxy pilots are prohibited from entering.

“The Regor region is an area of space that we are not able to enter," a representative from the Expedition told us. "The aim of this expedition is to map out the boundary of the restricted area, so a commitment of several days to complete the task would be needed. We will be gathering at Lovaroju system: grid coordinates 100 : -88 : -150 at 19:00 UTC, where we'll form into wings and depart when ready. Departures will be staggered, so if you wish to take part, come along when you can."
PC Gamer is running an Elite: Dangerous screenshot competition. The winning entry will be chosen by Elite: Dangerous art director Chris Gregory, and we've provided prizes including a hoody, T-shirt, keyrings, badges and a copy of the original soundtrack. To enter, hit Ctrl+Alt+Space in game and take a screengrab that will blow Chris' mind. The closing date is April 20, so try to beat PC Gamer's Andy Kelly's work, featured below.
And finally, from the brilliant community forum on Reddit, Commander Tops' orbit around a planet in a binary star system is a spectacular sight, and Sam Primary's illustrated take on his first landing sums up most players' first docking experience.
Senator Torval has accepted a challenge to go head to head with Aisling Duval over whose position the citizens of the Empire truly support. Senator Torval will be buying up all unregulated Slaves at Lagerkvist Gateway in Synteini. Aisling Duval, in association with Stop Slavery Stupid and the Empire Party, will be accepting freed Imperial Slaves at Mackenzie Relay in Cemiess.

Aisling’s Angels worked to support the people’s princess, freeing an astonishing 1,149,756 Imperial Slaves in the span of just one week. Unfortunately for Duval, the Imperial Slavers Association managed to acquire a staggering 2,387,567 Unregulated Slaves in the same space of time. If Duval wins, Senator Torval has sworn to set free any slaves brought to her training centres during the course of the wager. If Torval wins, Duval has agreed to take on a personal contingent of Imperial Slaves for no less than one year.

Princess Arissa Lavigny-Duval recently broke her long silence in an address to the nation on the steps of the Imperial Palace. “The house of Duval will not allow the madness of the few to undo everything that we have struggled so long to achieve. I swear to you, the Emperor’s protection will stand. Enemies of the Imperial court beware. This is your one warning.”

In a further statement released to GalNet, the Princess had this to say: “I will not sit idly by while unseen assailants strike at the very heart of our nation. I call on all loyal Imperial citizens to join me in my mission to purge the Empire of all those who wish to see it harmed.”

Senator Denton Patreus issued notice eight days ago of his intention to seek legal recourse over the Nationals of Themiscrya’s failure to meet their financial obligations. The news sent waves of panic through the independent system, with many residents choosing to flee rather than risk being turned into assets to appease the Senator.
That’s it for Newsletter #70. As always, if there's anything in particular that you’d like to hear more about, or if you'd like to ask a question, then please contact us at elite-newsletter@frontier.co.uk.

Click for the latest Game Manual, Quickstart Guide and Pilot Training Videos. Visit our Support team here and read all our previous newsletters here.

Until next time, fly safe and Right On, Commander.

The Frontier Team
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