Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #48 - From Frontier Developments
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Hi Commander,

We are delighted to announce Tuesday 16th December as the release date for Elite: Dangerous!

There are only 15 more days to become a Beta backer, play immediately and take advantage of this and the lasting benefits that playing the Beta will give you.

There are also only 39 days left to pre-order the game and get The Elite: Dangerous Mercenary Edition additional content, and benefit from the £4.99 discount. 

If you have already pre-ordered the final game you can still become part of the Beta now and take advantage of the lasting benefits that will give you, by upgrading your account, which will only cost you an additional £15.

Interested? Just go to the
store, put the Beta in your basket and the correct discount will be applied when you checkout.

Last but not least for newsletter 48, we explain why we have put a Mac specific product link to our store. 

Contents this week (Click subject to jump forward):

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Elite: Dangerous Release Date – 16th December 2014

Elite: Dangerous will be released on December 16th 2014!
The game will be available to buy through the Elite: Dangerous store and can be pre-ordered now.

You have watched and given invaluable feedback and assistance as we have created Elite: Dangerous in the public eye. It has been an incredible experience to be able to share development with such a supportive and enthusiastic community. We thank you for the opportunity and promise that we will continue to engage openly with the extended community of players as we further enhance the Elite: Dangerous experience, both up to and after the release.

You are now only 39 days away from taking the controls of your very own starship and beginning your personal adventure in our incredible, epic, cutthroat galaxy.

Fly Safe Commander!

News for Mac Users

We want to clarify what buying Elite: Dangerous now means for everyone.

Everyone who has bought or who will buy Elite: Dangerous will be able to download either, or both, PC and Mac versions as and when they each become available for no additional charge.

Elite: Dangerous will be available for Mac next year after we have released the game on PC. To be clear, if you own both a PC and a Mac and want to switch your play between both, you will be able to do so as often as you like, as your ‘save’ is held in the cloud.

This also means that the benefits to being an Alpha and Beta backer are extended to anyone who wants to play on Mac if they have joined the Beta before it closes on November 22nd. They will also automatically become part of the Mac Beta (details yet to be released) when that process is started, at no additional charge.

There is a new Mac-centric product page on our store to clarify this, but whichever page you buy from the end result is the same – you will get access to the PC version when it is released and then access to the Mac version too when it is available.  Mac users who pre-order now will get all the pre-order benefits of the PC (including the reduced price for pre-order) and if they have access to a PC (or, 
for example, for those who have installed BootCampthey will be able to play the PC version in the meantime, when it is released on December 16th.
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Reminder, Beta Closing – November 22nd

Remember – if you want to be a Beta customer (for PC and/or Mac!) you only have until November 22nd to join and take advantage of the lasting benefits that will give you. 

Every Alpha and Beta backer will receive a pre-release ‘Preview’’ build (which we have called Gamma in development-speak in the past) on November 22nd, and can continue to play, receive updates, and help us verify it before the final game is released on December 16th.

Until November 22nd there is an upgrade path to Beta if you have already pre-ordered the game which will cost you an additional £15. Just go to the store, put the Beta in your basket and the correct discount will be applied when you checkout.

Once again, our sincere thanks go to everyone who has supported us throughout this process. 
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The Elite: Dangerous Premiere Event 22.11.14

We are getting closer to our Elite: Dangerous Premiere Event!

There are just a few tickets left on the store if you want to come along. Tickets will go off sale on Monday 10th November at midnight GMT.

The doors will open at 18.00 with the event starting at 18.30 on 22nd November 2014.

Don’t forget if you are unable to make the event in person you will be able to stream the live broadcast from our Twitch channel on the night.

Even if you can't make the event, you can send in your Elite: Dangerous creations, and they could be featured in our fan zone area - they might even be signed by David Braben himself. 

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Elite: Dangerous Books Part 7

Book title: Elite: Dangerous: Nemorensis

Author: Simon Spurrier

Blurb: Two lovers steal a spaceship and go on the run, attacking at random and revelling in the fame and glory their violence brings them. Celebrated by the jaded youth of the Federation and urged on to ever more flashy acts of destruction, they know it won't be long before they are caught and killed.

But someone is following the couple. Someone who knows why they are so obsessed with each other. Who knows where they are heading. Who knows why.

Someone who knows more about them than they do themselves. And has another plan for their deaths.


Author Bio: Simon Spurrier writes novels and comics. His work in the latter field stretches from award winning creator-owned books such as Numbercruncher and Six-Gun Gorilla to projects in the U.S. mainstream like X-Men, Silver Surfer and Crossed. It all began with a series of twist-in-the-tail stories for the UK's beloved 2000AD, which ignited his enduring love for sci-fi.

His prose works range from the beatnik neurosis-noir of Contract to the occult whodunnit A Serpent Uncoiled, via various franchise and genre-transgressing titles. In 2013 he fulfilled a long-held ambition to write a spaceship thriller with Nemorensis: a novella marking the launch of the Elite: Dangerous game.

He lives in London, regards sushi as part of the plotting process, and does not have a cat.

He tweets as @sispurrier.


Comms Chatter

FlyingGrindyWheels on Reddit described the first time he experienced another player trying to interdict his Hauler.

So I'm in my Hauler fitted for exploration on a self-imposed survey mission across travelable space as of Beta3. I'm a long ways from the likes of iBootis or Eranin and had practically zero concern for encounters with other CMDRs at this point.

After the interdiction began, it took a moment or two to realize this wasn't your regular System-Authority stop-and-scan. I completely failed to notice the CMDR radar contact when I entered the system.

There was no time to ponder the what-ifs. I knew I would lose everything if I failed to break the hold on my engines. The only weapon I had was traded long ago for a mining laser to prospect metals pending future enterprises. My computer holds astronomical survey data of many, many star-systems that I expect to be rewarded for once I return to high-pop space. But worst of all, retracing my steps after respawning would probably put me off from playing if I were sent back a considerable distance. I put all that aside and focused on manoeuvring my space-donkey in the fight to keep it superluminal.

And it was a real fight.

I barely had enough time to open comms to talk him down before he tried it a second time, from which I prevailed a second time. Fearing a third attempt I prepared to jump to a nearby system when he dropped off the radar along with a couple NPC contacts. I returned to the star and scanned for the data I came for and left the system without further incident.

I salute you, sidewinder guy, whoever you were
Caiburn told a touching tale about his late father on the Frontier Forums - the warm response to his story can be seen in the complete thread.
Jamie Lawson Oakbrook wanted to work on something with his son over the school holiday – they decided to make a gaming seat to play Elite: Dangerous on. You can see the project unfold step by step on the blog Jamie set up. 
Titus Balls once again pinpoints some of the amazing sights to behold in Elite: Dangerous, with the latest in his Wonders of the Galaxy series.
John Ackerley on Twitter, showed off his homemade Elite watch.
He then followed up with version 2.0.
The Elite Archives Book kickstarter has reached its funding goal over the past week meaning that this fantastic 30 year history of ELITE book will be made!
It’s not too late to join as funding closes at 2pm GMT Saturday 8th November (tomorrow afternoon) and will be the last chance to grab a host of kickstarter exclusives.
Elite Archives Website

Elite Archives Book Kickstarter
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