Last month VRFocus reported on Frontier Developments announcing Elite Dangerous’ next big update, Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One. Today, the studio has revealed that it’ll arrive on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next week, on 27th February, 2018.
Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One will see a bunch of new features added to the space-based adventure with the crime and punishment system in Elite Dangerous undergoing a series of changes designed to improve the response to players’ criminal activities, making Open Play’s massively multiplayer galaxy fairer and more competitive.
The new Advance Tactical Response will be on the hunt for repeat offenders, ‘Hot Ships’ attach crimes to players’ spacecrafts, and new notoriety levels increase consequences for illegal activities making the galaxy a more challenging place for veteran pilots.
On launch day players will have access to new contacts for Elite Dangerous Horizons owners as tech brokers, dealers of rare tools and technologies, give players a chance to acquire new items based on their personal narrative and experience. In addition, material traders will allow commanders to convert and exchange materials, making engineering and unlocking missions with tech brokers more accessible.
The update will also include an array of improvements and updates, including the addition of a trade data overlay helping commanders find the most profitable trades in the Milky Way, changes to the engineering mechanics which ensure guaranteed improvement when crafting, the overhaul of the mission rewards system as well as the introduction of a new combat ship, The Chieftain, built as a response to the new Thargoid threat.
Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One will be available for free to all Elite Dangerous players from 27th February. It’s currently available on Steam for £19.99 GBP supporting both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Frontier Developments and Elite Dangerous, reporting back with the latest updates.