The final chapter and the biggest update of the year for Elite: Dangerous is almost upon us. "Beyond - Chapter Four" has now received a release date along with a trailer, artwork, and a list of the key additions. The main highlights of the upcoming update consists of a couple of new shops, a new discovery system ready for players to explore, advanced mining techniques to get to grips with, more multiplayer options, and a whole lot more.
Here's the list of the key additions in the upcoming chapter:
ExplorationLastly, we have the release date announcement trailer with a touch of gameplay before the date reveal:
A new Analysis Mode, with the improved Exploration Discovery Scanner and Detailed Discovery Scanner, is a game-changing new way for all Commanders to explore the galaxy. After an initial scan of the system, players will then be able to tune their scanners to find stellar bodies and other phenomena. Not only is this new system a more realistic, satisfying and engaging exploration experience, but also provides players with the freedom to make more informed decisions on where to look next, and be ultimately better rewarded for time spent exploring. Additionally, Commanders will have probes that can be arced onto planetary surfaces, and planetary rings, to map them in detail, locate points of interest and leave their mark on the galaxy in a new way.
New mining tools and mechanics provide a fresh, potentially lucrative mining experience for all Elite Dangerous Commanders. Miners can investigate rings to locate the best spots to start their mining sessions and identify mineral deposits within individual asteroids. Then, with the right amount of skill, can coordinate a detonation.
Squadrons is a new in-game way of uniting like-minded Commanders to support factions of their choice, take part in Community Goals together and compete for top spots in weekly leaderboards. Squadrons also feature new communication tools, including in-game chat channels, to coordinate activities across the galaxy.
Additionally, Beyond – Chapter Four also features a new lighting engine, numerous visual improvements, background simulation updates, and a number of cockpit interface changes to improve the flying experience of players.
As you will have just witnessed, Elite: Dangerous' final chapter will hit the Xbox One on December 11th.
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