Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter Two Launches With Patch

By Ashley Woodcock, 3 months ago
Passionate fans of Elite: Dangerous will already be tucking into the latest release of free content in the form of "Beyond - Chapter Two". Along with the free release comes a launch trailer, screens, and most importantly, the patch notes that include every minor and major change that's come with the DLC.


The screens showcase the Alliance Challenger, the Krait Mark II, the Thargoid, and more:


The patch notes are heavy with details and changes, and they cover content, fixes and improvements. Take a look at all the information below:

Content

Missions and Scenarios
  • Added new wing mining missions
  • Added new high threat USS's, and missions that can direct players to them
Megaship and Installation Interactions
  • Added existing megaship interactions to installations
  • Added Escape Hatch interaction points to damaged megaships
Crime and Punishment
  • Players can now hand themselves in to security contacts, if they have outstanding bounties, and a zero notoriety rating. Players that hand themselves in will pay off the bounty and be deported to the nearest detention center
  • Relaxed the friendly fire thresholds against NPC ships, to lower the amount of erroneous crimes being handed out
  • Notoriety now decays whilst the player is docked
  • Players current notoriety level displayed in cockpit will no longer be potentially out of date
  • Relaxed the rules for Multicrew gunners so that they are less prone to accidental assault/reckless weapon discharge crimes

Horizons-only Content

Weapons
  • New weapons now available at applicable Tech Brokers:
  • Large Plasma Shock Cannon (Fixed, Gimbal, Turret)
  • Large Guardian Shard Cannon (Fixed, Turret)
  • Large Guardian Plasma Launcher (Fixed, Turret)
Modules
  • The Guardian FSD booster is once again available at the Guardian Tech Broker, now with improved fuel efficiency
Ships
  • Alliance Challenger - a medium sized ship, based on the Alliance Chieftain, that boasts a generous compliment of hard-points, whilst retaining the Chieftains characteristic agility. It also has stronger armour.
  • Krait Mk.II - a medium sized, multi-role ship, that trades defensive capability for speed, fire-power and maneuverability. The Krait Mk.II has space for two crew members and is capable of carrying a fighter bay
Narrative
  • New planetary sites added, with audio logs

Fixes and Improvements

Art
  • Fixed some missing effects on Guardian Artifacts
Audio
  • Fixed audio cutting out in supercruise near neutron stars
Background Simulation
  • Fixed war missions incorrectly offering influence rewards (influence during a war state has no actual effect)
  • Ensure that faction effects are the same from selling exploration data for pages as well as individual star systems, and balance those faction effects to have roughly the same galactic impact as before this release
Controls & Control Devices
  • Prevented Flight Assist from automatically re-enabling after exiting Supercruise
Engineers
  • Fixed an issue with fading text in the Engineers Cost help window
General Fixes & Tweaks
  • Numerous performance optimisations for hangars
  • Resolved some minor typos
  • Fixed some cut off text in material descriptions
  • Local news top 5 bounty list should ignore breaking characters from ship names
  • Fixed situations where 'Last main sequence star' info message can appear incorrectly
  • General stability fix for incorrectly replicated data between players
Holo-Me Creator
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from saving their avatar with the Frontier Expo suit equipped
Installations/POIs/USSs
  • Implemented a maximum scan time multiplier to prevent excessively long scans on large Mega Ships and Installations
  • Fixed an underground destructible panel at a Guardian Structure
Missions
  • Removed the timed element from assassination missions, so that targets are no longer limited to spawning within a time window. Players can scan the systems local nav beacon to find the targets location.
  • Fixed Mentor missions showing incorrect reward choice upon completion
  • Raised pay-out rate for Elite Rank Mining Missions
  • Updated Salvage missions so that factions cannot be duplicated as both giver and target
  • Updated the mission timer for Massacre Thargoid Wing Missions so it matches the non-Wing variant of this mission
  • Fix wing mission rewards from trade missions to award trade rank to multicrew crew members as well as the helm
  • Colonia factions have started issuing mission tip offs for the region
NPCs
  • Ramming a guardian sentinel will no longer give you a bounty
Outfitting
  • Fixed long description texts for experimental modules not appearing properly under the "Read More" section in Outfitting
Powerplay
  • Fixed Powerplay crimes incorrectly affecting notoriety
Ships & SRV
  • General Ship Fixes and Improvements
  • Fixed cases of Collector Limpets clipping through the top of several ships when returning cargo
  • Fixed some visual problems with short Ship IDs
Alliance Chieftain
  • Addressed a specular highlight in the canopy that could flicker in certain lighting conditions
  • Fixed a small gap in geometry
  • Fixed some clipping on hardpoints 1 and 2
  • Shrank the Shipyard schematic icon slightly to prevent clipping
  • Realigned nameplates
  • Fixed some clipping on the Ship Kit
Anaconda
  • Fixed scratches being present on Ship Kit parts when there is no ship wear and tear
  • The number of internal windows now correctly matches the number of external ones
  • Fixed an instance of Paint Jobs not rendering over a heat vent door
  • Smoothed out some overhead cables in the cockpit
  • Adjusted some internal module target locations
  • Fixed emissive decals on the Anaconda losing detail if the Fusion Paint Job is applied
Asp Explorer
  • Fixed a 2D Cannon alignment issue
Diamondback Explorer
  • Added Ship Kit cameras for outfitting
Dolphin
  • Fixed a texture issue with the Prestige paintjob
Federal Corvette
  • Fixed some reflective areas on the Icarus and Prestige paintjobs
  • Lowered glossiness on Precision Paint Jobs
  • Fixed some missing textures on Paint Jobs
SRV
  • Fixed a visual issue that could occur with your commander when colliding in an SRV
Type 9 Heavy
  • Fixed a missing thruster texture
  • Fixed some texture and model position issues
Type 10 Defender
  • Fixed some clipping on certain Ship Kit parts
  • Fixed some texture and model position issues
Vulture
  • Fixed misaligned small lights
Stability Fixes
  • Fixed a crash to desktop that would occur when opening the galaxy map immediately after the game had loaded in a station
  • Fixed a server error that could occur when trying to apply an experimental effect to a module that was originally modified by another Engineer
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Collector Limpets
User Interface
  • Fixed an issue in the Systems panel that prevented the module health from updating correctly when repairing a module using a AFMU
  • Fixed legal salvage incorrectly showing as a loss when sold
Weapons & Modules
  • The heatsink launcher no longer has an incomprehensible DPS statistic
  • Human and Guardian Tech Broker blueprint requirements have been reduced
Multicrew
  • Decreased the discrepancy in jump times between Helm and crew members
The latest patch for Elite: Dangerous is available to dive into right now.

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Ashley Woodcock
Written by Ashley Woodcock
Assistant News Manager for TrueAchievements and member of the Newshounds team since 2010. Lover of completions, tough achievements, shooters, action, adventure and racing titles, hip-hop, Wu-Tang, NBA, and my Scooby. I can be found working on the never-ending backlog which you can see my progress on via my TA blog.