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Greetings, Commander,
 
Welcome to Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #60.

This week it’s time for something new. With Beta update 1.1 rolling out to Alpha and Beta backers next week, we’re detailing the new features that will see players gathering resources to build capital ships and reshape the edges of humanity’s frontier.

Read on for a special Peek Of The Week, an invitation to join us at PAX East in Boston, and a picture of a cat.


As always, check out our Forums, Twitter and Facebook for the latest from the Elite: Dangerous galaxy, and stick with us at the Elite: Dangerous Newsletter for your weekly roundup on what’s going on.

Contents This Week

Getting To The Point
Our Point One update rolls out to Beta players on February 3, which means new features, new looks and some recognition for all the explorers charting the Milky Way.

From here on out, the first Commander to discover a new star system will be credited for their pioneering work with a permanent “Discovered By” credit on the galaxy map. We’re even applying the credit for discoveries in the two months since Gamma.

It’s another way to make a permanent mark on the Elite: Dangerous galaxy, and it’s not alone. One of the new Community Goals will task players with sourcing materials for the construction of a Federation or Imperial capital ship. Successful completion of the goal will mean a new, named vessel out among the stars, and the player who transports and donates the most material will have the honor of choosing its name – subject to approval of course.
Better make it a good one. Nobody’s breaking a champagne bottle on the hull of the Imperial Interdictor Jar Jar.

Another Community Goal will see players scout out viable locations for a new starport, and work together to transport the vast amount of material needed to see the starport constructed week by week in-game.

Newsletter Peek Of The Week

The arrival of an Ocellus' sphere in-system, and its habitation ring under construction.

Ship Shape

We’ve been mining our database to look at ship sales across the galaxy. Right now the galaxy’s most popular ship remains the reliable Sidewinder offered to every member of the Pilots Federation, closely followed by the Eagle, favored by owners of the pre-order exclusive Mercenary Edition of Elite: Dangerous.

The Cobra Mk III sits in third place as the most popular ship players have bought with cold, hard credits. We can also reveal Saud Kruger's Orca is the galaxy's rarest player-piloted vessel.
Will the Orca see a resurgence when Commanders learn of its exclusive status?

Southern Comfort

Last weekend saw Frontier’s team take Elite: Dangerous to PAX South in San Antonio, Texas, where local Ambassadors Eric, Parker and Marcel guided PAX guests through combat missions with X52 flight sticks and Oculus Rift VR headsets.

These shows are a lot of work for the team behind the scenes, with early starts, late finishes and a million things that can go wrong, but the first ever PAX South was a huge success, giving thousands of new players the chance to visit our galaxy. 
Our intrepid demo team in the hour before the show. L-R: Ambassador Parker, Producer Eddie, Events Manager Ali, Communications Manager Mike, Community Manager Ed, Ambassador Eric and Ambassador Marcel.
Elite: Dangerous on a Saturday afternoon with YouTube’s xRPMx13.
The line was constant for all three days of PAX South’s inaugural show.

Missed us at PAX South
? We’re looking for Elite: Dangerous ambassadors for PAX East in Boston, MA between March 5 and March 8.

If you want to volunteer to help us demo the game at PAX you must be over 21, free on the dates listed, familiar with the game, US-based (East Coast preferred) and able to travel to Boston. You must also be contactable via email.

To apply, please send an email with your name, age, address, and three brief reasons why we should choose you as an Elite: Dangerous ambassador for PAX East.

We will cover transport costs, accommodation and approved expenses. 

See details on the show here, and hit our forums for more information here.

Michael's Books

Our very own Executive Producer Michael Brookes has published his debut Elite: Dangerous novel, Elite: Legacy, which will be available to order on the Elite: Dangerous store next week in both paperback and hardback editions, as modelled by the author himself below.
We're also hosting the launch of Drew Wagar's Elite: Reclamation audiobook in-game tomorrow, between 18:00 - 20:00 on January 31 outside of Lave Station in the Lave system.
 
Join Drew, Kate (Angel Rose) Russell and the incomparable Commander Dan Grubb outside Lave station for the official launch of the Elite: Reclamation audiobook or tune into the event on Kate's Twitch channel.

Comms Chatter

Thanks to Hawkjon on Reddit, you can now build your very own paper model Sidewinder. Safety reminder: Commanders shouldn’t use scissors while piloting spacecraft, so ask a co-pilot for help if too busy docking.
CMDR Lothringen’s story on Reddit shows how you can get by with a little help from your friends. 

Anothermartz used an Oculus Rift and some subtle editing techniques to create a feeling of realism in this cinematic video.
A big shout to EliteDangerous-Station.fr. The French community website hosts GalNet news, game guides and forum posts translated into French. You can contact the team here or visit their Facebook page and say bonjour.

And here’s a curiously appealing picture of a cat with beta stars in its eyes from Scykopath on Reddit.
The Elite: Dangerous art team have selected 20 community-created images as some of their favourites. Choose your own favourites and the winners will become official digital goodies in the near future
Piracy in Istanu reached unsurpassed levels as miners were forced to leave the troubled region. “It’s out of control! These pirates won’t let an honest miner do a day’s job without getting shot at. We need more independent pilots to come help clean up this mess,” said one anonymous worker.

Bounty hunters have been spotting the ‘Silver Comet’ in Quiness. The last reported sighting was made by pilot Johanna Meister who has since disappeared, reinforcing the myth that ‘anyone who sees the Silver Comet will die.’

A coalition of pilots of French origin (a country from ancient Earth, whose descendants still speak an archaic dialect) were planning to launch a violent coup aimed at gaining control of Lave station. Lord Ryan of Ugain was the first to reply about the threat: “My family emigrated from Lave to the Empire back in the days of Walden! We won't let the system succumb to tyranny again!”

Huge discounts were offered in the Durius System. It is hoped that the sale will generate some much needed capital for the impoverished region, although how many credits will be directly spent on the Durius system remains unknown.

The Empire’s Realm Keepers are a small, secretive group that has ambitious goals and a desire to increase its numbers. Based in Liaden, a system deep in Federation space, the ERK want to turn more Federal space over to Imperial control. “We will help defend the citizens of the Empire,’ a representative said. “We need your skill and cunning toward the growth of the Empire. We are looking to develop skills in stealth combat. We will align ourselves with other Imperial factions or guilds. We will fight against Federation and Alliance scum.”

 
That’s it for Newsletter #60 – thank you for reading and supporting the development of Elite: Dangerous.

As always if there is anything in particular that you’d like to hear more about, or 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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