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Welcome to the Elite Dangerous Newsletter #112.

This week we have been amazed by some of the videos we've seen from the community, and we wanted to share a couple with you so you can be as blown away as we are by the things Commanders are doing. In Comms Chatter we've got some brilliant Elite Dangerous pixel art to share with you, too. 

Over the coming weeks we’ll be talking about all of the new features in The Engineers expansion, including the new loot and crafting mechanic. You can read Michael Brookes' latest Dev Update to find out more.

We’re also celebrating the launch of Elite Dangerous: Arena and giving you some tantalizing incentives to get involved, catching up with the latest GalNet news and much more.

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

And remember, you can pick up the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass for £24.99, €33.99 or $37.99.

Contents This Week

Horizons Community Trailer Competition Winner

To tie in with the Elite Dangerous trailer arriving in cinemas before Star Wars Ep. VII, we ran a community trailer competition. We received loads of incredible entries, and we'll be linking to those in the newsletter in the coming weeks, but today we're announcing that we've chosen a winner, and oh what a winner it is!

NotOnlyHere's short cinematic video has it all. Its a must see, with settlement assaults, sweeping vistas, SRV racing, group takeoffs and more. Click above to see the video in all its glory. 

Thanks to everyone who sent in their entries, the competition was fierce, and picking a winner was no easy task.

You can pick up the
Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass for £24.99, €33.99 or $37.99.

Distant Worlds Expedition - Record Breakers

The Distant Worlds Expedition continues to amaze us with their incredible activities that truly challenge the definition of 'out there'. The convoy has reached the center of the galaxy at Sagittarius A*, and they decided to mark that moment in true Distant Worlds style.

53 Commanders gathered in one instance at Sagittarius A*, and, luckily for us, quite a few of them had the nous to record what happened there.

The Distant Worlds Expedition is already shattering Elite Dangerous records, but here's a few more they broke last night:

Most recorded CMDRs ever at Sagittarius A* (53)
Most recorded CMDRs ever in a formation (48)
Most recorded CMDRs ever in an instance (53)
Most recorded CMDRs ever in a synchronised jump (50)


We can't wait to see what the Distant Worlds Expedition will get up to next. Click the image below to see the video documenting the whole event.

The Distant World's Expedition are travelling in the largest convoy the galaxy has ever seen, they're travelling across the galaxy landing on key planets to meet along the way. Their journey will finish in April.

Read more about them here.

The
Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass is available for £24.99, €33.99 or $37.99.
You can also see Erimus One's beautiful account (shorter) of the action by clicking the image below.

Elite Dangerous: Arena Out Now

This week we were very excited to launch Elite Dangerous: Arena, the standalone Elite Dangerous PVP experience.

All players who own Elite Dangerous or Elite Dangerous: Horizons already have access to Arena - simply select Arena (previously labelled CQC) from the in-game main menu to play.

We believe Elite Dangerous: Arena is a compelling game in its own right and want to offer it to a new audience of players whose main goal is to play fast paced PVP combat games. This will open Elite Dangerous to a whole new group of players, all of whom you can play against in the Close Quarter Combat Championships (CQC) in Arena mode in Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons.

Elite Dangerous: Arena is available to new players right now
on our store and on Steam for £4.99/$7.49 – but remember it’s already included in the Elite Dangerous main menu at no additional charge. If you know people who may be interested, let them know about it and show off your piloting skills when you challenge them to a game!
 
If you haven’t played Arena/CQC already we have a number of challenges starting today that you can join in with.

Click here to learn more about Arena.
Prestige with the Elite and visit Attilius Orbital

As part of Arena you can level up and unlock ship loadouts and modules to use in CQC. As you progress through the ranks you'll also earn credits to use in the main game.

When you reach CQC Rank 50 you'll be given the option to 'Prestige' and set your rank back to 1. You'll lose all of your unlocks, but in return you'll be able to earn more credits for use in the main game, a new icon next to your name to show others you're not to be messed with and a permit to the Attilius Orbital starport in CD-4311917.

With this exclusive access to Attilius Oribtal you'll be able to take advantage of a whole host of discounts, including 20% off certain ships such as the Fer-de-Lance and the Vulture, 50% off chaff and heatsink launchers, 30% off most small and medium weapons and more.


Mayhem Launch Celebrations

We have decided to run a series of events for everybody who can play CQC to get involved in.

- CQC Mayhem – Visit our blog post on the Elite Dangerous community site to see our huge schedule of Mayhem events, and to find out how you can get involved.

- Official Livestreams – Every Tuesday we'll be playing Arena with the developers starting at 7PM GMT on our official YouTube Channel. Come and test your skills against different members of the development team, and be in the chance of winning prizes for taking part. Read further down to learn more about this Tuesday's episode.

- The Gladiators Challenge – During the first four weeks after the launch of Arena (16 February – 15 March), three named accounts beginning with ‘FDEV’ will be playing CQC on an ad hoc, but regular, basis. If you manage to get in a game with them, and take a screenshot, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two premium Elite Dangerous goodie bags, including a cap, a beanie, three faction mugs, signed artwork, and more. Every paint job in the Elite Dangerous store is also up for grabs, and a couple of Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season passes. There will be a total of five prizes given out – the draw will be done on March 16.

To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is get into a CQC match with either FDEV Rhino, FDEV Wolf or FDEV Jet, take a screenshot of you playing against them (perhaps the leaderboard at the end of the game), and email it to
community@frontier.co.uk with the subject line ‘CQC Gladiators’. Your email address will be added to the list of entries, and winners will be drawn at random at the end of the four weeks.
Welcome to our weekly roundup of news stories and events in the Elite Dangerous galaxy.
Federal President Zachary Hudson has launched a search for survivors from Starship One. Federal analysts have determined that there is a small chance some of the ship’s crew might have been able to reach escape pods. The Azaleach Partnership, on behalf of President Hudson, has promised to reward anyone who finds one of these pods.
Princess Aisling Duval has announced the creation of new a colony for former slaves in the Uibuth system. According to a statement from the princess' press liaison, all slaves admitted to the colony will be liberated and re-educated, and offered the protection of forces loyal to Her Royal Highness. The Prismatic Imperium, which is overseeing the initiative, has pledged to reward those who support the campaign.
The Earth Defence Fleet has confirmed that its initiative to develop the economy of the Okinura system has been a resounding success. The organisers placed an open order for polymers with which to upgrade Fisher Terminal, and the request was enthusiastically received by the galactic community. The process of upgrading the starport is expected to begin soon.
A Federal investigation team has released the results of an official inquiry into the destruction of Starship One. The investigators examined every piece of available evidence, but could not find any proof that the ship was sabotaged, and ultimately concluded that the ship's destruction was the result of a complex, multi-stage engine failure.

Educating Ed Episode 13 - UGC

On next week's episode of Educating Ed, the Galactic Intern will join the German community group, UGC (United German Commanders), for some planet surface exploration.

Guided by Elite Dangerous Ambassador Abacus, and honorary (non) German commander, Kerrash, the Intern will learn all about the UGC, German Elite Dangeorus terminology, planet surface surveying and more.

Make sure you join us on our official YouTube channel at 19:00 GMT on Thursday February 25.

The Danger Zone Episode 8 - Community Management

Next week's episode of the Danger Zone is called Community Management, because the whole of the community team will be joining together to take on the community they're wholeheartedly dedicated to.

Head of Community Zac Antonaci, Social Media Community Manager Dale Emasiri, Community Content Manager Edward Lewis and Forum Manager Brett Cooper will all make appearances on the stream, so make sure you join us on the official YouTube channel at 7PM GMT on Tuesday March 23 to make space debris of their Eagles while they struggle to retain what's left of their egos. 

Community Goals Update

The investigation into the disappearance of Starship One reached a milestone today when Federal President Zachary Hudson confirmed that the remains of Starship One were among the wreckage recently delivered to Leoniceno Orbital. In a statement, President Hudson said:

"The loss of Starship One remains a tragedy, but I must admit to feeling a sense of relief at finally knowing what happened to the presidential ship.”

President Hudson followed his statement with a surprising announcement:

“Our researchers have surmised that the destruction of Starship One was not instantaneous, and that the front of the ship may have suffered less damage than the rest of the vessel. This means there is a very small chance – and I must stress that this is remote – that some of the crew might have been able to reach escape pods. That’s why I’m calling on the galactic community to support a second search – a search for survivors.”

“Pilots who want to contribute to the search should concentrate their efforts in the Lyncis Sector, and in particular on the ON-T B3-1, ON-T B3-2, ON-T B3-3, ON-T B3-4 and ST-R B4-3 1 systems, where we believe further wreckage from the ship may be found.”

Search-and-rescue vessels are already at work in the systems, helping with the hunt for survivors.

On the other side of the galaxy, Princess Aisling Duval has announced a historic campaign to create a new colony for former slaves in the Uibuth system. According to a statement from the princess’s press liaison, all slaves admitted to the colony will be liberated and re-educated, and offered the protection of forces loyal to Her Royal Highness. A spokesperson for the Prismatic Imperium, which is overseeing the initiative, gave further details:

“This morning our most noble lady Princess Aisling Duval returned from Achenar to Cubeo III. Upon arrival she immediately requested a private meeting with the leadership of the Prismatic Imperium. During the meeting, the princess emphasised her enduring wish to bring an end to slavery within the empire.”

 “To this end, Princess Duval instructed Lord Corwin Ryan Head of the Prismatic Imperium and Count Vickershaft of the Navigators Guild to make preparations for the founding of a new colony, where freed slaves could live in comfort and safety. With the support of independent factions at D’Arrest Station in the Uibuth system, the colony was duly established. At the behest of the Princess, the Prismatic Imperium is asking pilots to transport slaves of all types to the new colony, where they will be emancipated and re-educated. Significant rewards have been promised to pilots who contribute to the initiative.”

The initiatives begin on the 18th of February 3302 and will run for one week.

Time to get out there and make a difference, Commanders!

Search for Survivors (
complete at time of publication):

Leoniceno Orbital, Azaleach system – Find and deliver Escape Pods to Leoniceno Orbital in the Azaleach system to support the ongoing investigation into Starship One.

Freeing the Slaves:

D’Arrest Station, Uibuth system – Help the Prismatic Imperium set up a colony for freed slaves by transporting slaves of all types to D’Arrest Station in the Uibuth system.

Comms Chatter

Comander Uber Falcon, also known as tfaddy, on the Elite Dangerous subreddit shared a collage of pixel art Elite themed ships.

Venker sent in this great drawing that he made of the Imperial Courier. For a moment, we were wondering how it was floating.

The_Tenderizer01 posted this image of him and his fellow Commanders 'messing around' at Distant Worlds Meeting Point 11.

That’s it for Newsletter #112. Please don't reply to this email; this address is not monitored. Instead you can get in touch with us at community@frontier.co.uk with any questions about the newsletter. Please use our support page: http://support.frontier.co.uk if you have any support-related queries.

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

The Frontier Team
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