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Major Elite: Dangerous Powerplay Update Reveal Next Week, Details Teased

Fans of Frontier Developments’ popular space simulation videogame, Elite: Dangerous have already been treated to two major updates to the title since its launch in December 2014. Despite this, the UK-based developer shows no signs of slowing down, having recently launched a Beta for the Mac build of the virtual reality (VR) compatible title and announcing an Xbox One version. The third major update, Powerplay, is also in the works and is set to be revealed in full next week, the developer has confirmed.

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Frontier Developments Executive Producer Michael Brookes recently confirmed as much over on the official Elite: Dangerous forums. Writing in a new developer update, Brookes confirmed that Powerplay is set to be revealed in full, though did manage to tease just a few details about what it will contain. According to the developer the new update will add a prospector drone that can be sent to investigate asteroids to determine metal and mineral composition. The new drone was added to ‘provide scalability for mining (in particular) thus making the larger ships more useful in that role.’

“It’s not all about miners of course,” the developer added. “Continuing from last week’s details on the new mission system there’s another change that I can tell you about. Currently targets for missions are found in USSs (Unidentified Signal Sources), this will remain the case for some targets, but others like assassination targets will have to be hunted down in supercruise before they can be taken out.”

An exact date for the reveal of the Elite: Dangerous Powerplay update hasn’t been mentioned. Likewise, the developer hasn’t alluded as to when it will launch in full, though it is likely to see a Beta testing period before release, given that prior updates have had exactly that.

Elite: Dangerous features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Frontier Developments is planning to bring its title to PlayStation 4 following the release of the Xbox One version, though hasn’t confirmed if this will support the Project Morpheus HMD. VRFocus will continue to follow the title closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.