Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #74 - From Frontier Developments
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Hello, Commander,
Welcome to Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #74.

This week we're announcing our release date for the beta test version of Powerplay. That date is May 20, 2015, and we can't wait for you to play it.

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an exclusive first look at the Powerplay galaxy map, our Mac release date and minimum spec announcement, details on this weekend's UK and US live events, Executive Producer Michael Brookes' developer update, and our all-new faction mugs ably modeled by a special guest.

As always, you can hear the latest news and updates directly from the development team on our ForumsTwitterFacebook and right here in the newsletter every week, and we're always eager to hear your feedback. Enjoy the newsletter.

Contents This Week

Mac Launch

We're pleased to announce Elite: Dangerous for Mac will leave beta and be available to everyone from May 12, 2015.
Players on both PC and Mac can play together seamlessly, and both groups of players will share the same galaxy and GalNet feed.

Our Mac team worked hard on the unique technical challenges Mac presents, overcoming them for a game that looks and plays as well on a high-end Mac as it does on a comparable PC.

Our minimum spec is a Mac with:
  • NVIDIA GT 650M 1GB or equivalent.
  • Internet connection (for solo play), broadband internet connection (for multiplayer).
And our recommended spec is a Mac with:
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M with 2GB video memory or AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory.
  • Internet connection (for solo play), broadband internet connection (for multiplayer).
You can check our Mac specs FAQ here.

We want to welcome all the new Mac players joining our galaxy. And remember: buying Elite: Dangerous for Mac or PC automatically unlocks the other format for free. If you're already playing on PC, you'll see a Mac launcher available on your accounts starting Tuesday.

Welcome to the galaxy, Mac commanders.

Developer Update

This week, Executive Producer Michael Brookes tackled cheating in his weekly update, asking players for feedback and evidence whenever they detect possible cheating. Players are the frontline in tackling cheating, and every piece of feedback helps.

We have our own measures, too. There are a number of tools behind the scenes and that toolset will become even more robust with the upcoming Powerplay update.

If we detect cheating then we can apply a range of solutions to the problem, depending on the seriousness of the action. Minor infractions receive a warning while the most serious issues may see players receive a shadow ban. Shadow banned players are moved to a separate server without any influence on the galaxy simulation or our honest players. We also have the option of a permanent ban in serious cases of harassment, abuse or account trading.

As always, player feedback is central to making Elite: Dangerous the game it is, and we want to say thanks for helping us tackle cheating. For full details, check out
Michael's post.

Newsletter Peek Of The Week

The Powerplay map, illustrating each Power's control over human-occupied space. And take a peek at our Vine channel very soon for a look at the Powerplay map in action.

Elite: Dangerous on Tour

We're on the road, greeting commanders and potential recruits at the BritSciFi convention this weekend. We're there through June 9 and June 10 at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK on the GamersBus.

Come and play Elite: Dangerous on one of the ten stations we have on the bus, or just check out our
Twitch channel where we're streaming from the event throughout the day.

And this weekend you'll also find Elite: Dangerous for Press Start at the University of California in Irvine, USA, where Elite: Dangerous Ambassador Dan will be demoing the game across three amazing 4K setups with Mad Catz X52 Pro flight sticks.
Behind closed doors at our 2014 E3 booth.
Finally, we're thrilled to announce Elite: Dangerous will be returning to E3 in Los Angeles this June. The press and industry event is the biggest gaming event of the summer, and we'll be there with announcements of our own.

We're on the road throughout the year, and we'll keep you posted on all our future events as and when they happen.

New In Stock

You'll find our new Elite: Dangerous Federation, Empire and Alliance mugs available on the store today. Pledge your allegiance with a hot cup of coffee, like Frontier CEO and Elite co-creator David Braben, here.
We always knew he was an Empire man.

Also, stocks of the embroidered Elite: Dangerous shirts (Burgundy, Grey, Navy, Black and Silver, Black and Orange) are running low, so order today to avoid disappointment.

Comms Chatter

Learn about supercruise entry and docking etiquette from MackTheHunter’s Reddit post and infographic.
Members of the community group EDC arranged a memorial flight to celebrate their friend and fellow commander, Chris Billington.
One of the first organised player groups to support the Federation, Adle’s Armada, have announced a hostile takeover of Stapleton Dock in Quivira. CMDR S!LK posted the announcement and the accompanying photo on Reddit, and stated that Patreus supporters will be executed if seen in the area.

Adle’s Armada are part of the coalition of Federation players who frequent the /r/FederalNavy SubReddit.  You can read their manifesto here.
Entries for the Elite: Dangerous film competition will close at the end of today, May 7, and we've been overwhelmed by how many entries we've received.

We’ll be stocking up on popcorn and putting our feet up to get through the entries early next week, and the voting poll with our shortlist will go live on May 14. It's a little later than planned but the entries are so good and so numerous we need more time to process them.

The poll will be open for a week before the final results are announced, and the winner will receive the first ever Community Achievement Award. 
And finally, Abraka Drabble had its 100th Drabble competition this week. The competition has been running nearly two years now and every week forum members are invited to write an Elite: Dangerous-themed Drabble to be included in the end of week vote.

A Drabble is a story consisting of exactly one hundred words, and Abraka Drabble host Grant Woolcott will be reading entries from the 100th competition in a bumper edition of his Twitch show on May 15 at around 7PM.

Tune in to the Abraka Drabble Twitch channel or listen live via Lave Radio next Friday.
Despite a sceptical response to the President’s planned tour of Federal frontier systems, the President’s office has announced that the series of visits with local leaders will go ahead as planned.

Senator Kahina Tijani Loren’s Imperial Courier was seen departing early morning local time from the Avalon shipyards. It rendezvoused with The Imperial Interdictor Atticus, with Admiral Brice in command. The convoy is believed to be en route to the Achenar system. According to the Imperial Herald, Senator Loren is “being hailed as a true daughter of the Empire, and assigned the rights and responsibilities appropriate to her rank.”

After months of being terrorised by malicious criminals, residents of the Lave cluster banded together this past weekend to crack down on those pillaging the sector. The initiative was an overwhelming success. More than 5,000 pilots were temporarily deputised during the course of the weekend, leading to the Zaonce Jet Gang (and many other local pirate crews) being crushed by the raw power of the makeshift fleet.

Turmoil hit the small system of Quivira late last week, as thousands of Imperial pilots descended to deliver the wrath of Senator Denton Patreus on his debtors. In the first two days of the war, tens of thousands of Independent pilots lost their lives while bravely attempting to hold off Imperial forces from taking Godel Dock.

Thanks to the efforts of Commanders taking part in a hunt across hundreds of systems, Dr. Arcannon and his team are delighted to announce they have at last managed to retrieve one of the Unknown Artefacts that have recently been sighted in deep space. Scientists working on the mysterious item have yet to ascertain its origins, and early reports indicate that all attempts to take samples from the object have met with failure.
That’s it for Newsletter #74. 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

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

The Frontier Team
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