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Elite Dangerous Is Getting a New Ship with Chapter Two of the Beyond Series

Frontier Developments revealed that the Chapter Two of the Beyond series is going to arrive soon and unveiled some of the new gameplay elements that are going to be available.


One of the strengths of Elite Dangerous is the new content that’s being added periodically by the developers. Although, if we were to ask the community what they think about it they would say that it’s not happening often enough.

Frontier Developments launched new series called Beyond and separated into multiple Chapters. The first Chapter has been a success, and the second one is already on its way, and it’s going to be made available in less than a month.
"A new ship is coming"

The updates for Elite Dangerous are arriving in small increments for a good reason. Since the galaxy is a pretty big place, the chances of something going wrong are pretty significant. So, if the developers pushed a huge update, they could break the game. The alternative is to release smaller expansions that are less likely to affect the gameplay.

The most significant addition is the new ship called the Alliance Challenger, which should be even more resistant than the recently launched Chieftain. Also, a number of new types of Wing Missions are being added, along with new Space Installation interactions.

Furthermore, tech brokers will allow commanders to unlock large weapons versions of the existing guardian tech weapons, which should come in handy when fighting an even more aggressive Thargoid threat.

“This is the first of the two smaller installments coming as part of the Elite Dangerous Beyond series of updates, with a larger coming in Q4 of this year, bringing Squadrons and improvements to Mining and Exploration, and much more! If you’d like to contribute ideas and find out more about what’s coming in the Q4 update, please check out our Focused Feedback forums,” explained the developers.

As usual, expect to get a Beta before the official launch, in which anyone can take part.


New Ship: Challenger
The Alliance continue to refine their warships in the face of the looming Thargoid threat. The Alliance Challenger, envisaged as a frontline combat vessel, has stronger armour than its Chieftain counterpart and will be able to soak up a significant amount of punishment. 

Wing Missions
First introduced in Chapter One of Beyond, we are introducing a range new Wing Mission types for you and your fellow Commanders to take on! 

Installation Interactions
In a similar fashion to the Megaship interactions, which were introduced in Chapter One, Commanders will now be able to scan and interact with Space Installations. 

Scan – Scanning the installation will allow Commanders to see what they can interact with: Turrets, Comms Arrays and Cargo Bays.
Turret hack – Disable turrets protecting other potential hackable points. This will deactivate security measures put in place to protect the Comms Arrays and Cargo Bays.
Comms array – Get tradable data from the Comms Array.
Cargo bay – Fire a limpet on the Cargo Bay to unlock and steal commodities and materials.


Tech Broker 
Tech Brokers will allow commanders to unlock large weapons versions of the existing guardian tech weapons. These Tech Brokers will issue missions to collect Guardian data as well as materials and then, once delivered, will unlock certain Guardian modules of weapons for purchase. Will you turn you weapons on Thargoid or use them to pirate rival Commanders?

Thargoid
Thargoids continue to be an intergalactic menace! With the Alliance introducing a new ship, the Thargoids intend to up their game too, introducing new Scouts that will buff other Scouts and increase their combat efficiency.

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A full list of details and changes will be available in a changelog at launch.

We’d love to hear what you think about this next instalment of the Beyond series of updates and can’t wait to let you discover all the content ingame!

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