Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter 4 gets long-awaited December release date

Today, Frontier Developments announced that Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter 4 should launch on December 11, 2018. According to the team, this is "the biggest Elite: Dangerous update of the year, and the final chapter in the Beyond season of updates." Chapter 4 is packed with content and is available for free to all Elite Dangerous players on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.

Each chapter in the Elite Dangerous: Beyond saga brings new improvements to the game. This time around, clans — known as "Squadrons" in Elite: Dangerous — are being added. A post on the developer's website said, "New tools and mechanics will provide a fresh, exciting and lucrative mining experience for all. Using new exploration mechanics, miners can investigate rings to locate the best spots to start their mining sessions. Squadrons is a new in-game way of uniting like-minded gamers to support factions of their choice and compete for top spots in seasonal leaderboards."

Aside from Squadrons, enhanced mining and exploration are also part of the update. The download brings substantial changes which should satiate long-term players. There are plenty of new features to discover. However, Elite: Dangerous still maintains a steep learning curve that prevents a lot of players from giving it a go.

Do you play Elite: Dangerous? What would you like to see in future updates after Chapter 4? Let us know.

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  • Steep learning curve? Oh, good grief. Although there's always someone new to learn (which keeps it interesting), I was up and running the very first day I installed it. You'd have to be a special kind of slow to not be able to start playing this game. Probably the biggest departure with Elite Dangerous is that you need to not think of it so much like a game as it is more like a virtual life. As such, a virtual life can be as boring or as exciting as you make it. And you can get as deep into it as you want. Certainly, if you want to really work what is called the Background System (BGS), that can be a steep learning curve. But to just get in your ship and start exploring or trading, or purchase (not using real money) modules so you can be a miner or pirate or bounty hunger, that's not hard at all. And, for pity's sake, there are hours upon hours of YouTube videos from folks showing you great tips and tricks to enhance your experience. Within 3 months of playing I loaded up in a Diamondback Explorer and made the trek from the home worlds in the outer arm of the galaxy to the Colonia region closer to the center. While that journey took me another three months (the jump range of your ship is key to speeding up travel), the beauty of the places I explored and the credits I earned from exploration were well worth it. And if I were to make one recommendation as must-haves for ED is get a HOTAS and Windows Mixed Reality (or other VR) rigs. The immersion at that point is amazing. If all you want to do is pew-pew, then you just have to do missions to earn enough credits to trade up to better ships and better components/weapons, and you can pew-pew till your heart's content. I've been playing for 2 years and have enjoyed every minute.
  • Awesome game, this is an almost real simulation game, as stated lots of game play. It does take awhile to learn all aspects of the game but well worth it once you take the time and go through the training within the game. As stated there are countless YouTube videos and website aids and info to keep you playing for years as they continue to add new features and game play. It is just an awesome game if you have the patience to learn its game play and mechanics. I play on an Xbox One Console and love it.
  • d'oh For F's sake stop with the steep learning curve already .
    it's a normal game with a normal learning curve . it's not your typical handholding type of walking simulator where you have to repeatedly mindlessly press X , that's it .
    give it half an hour to do a tutorial , and you can shove your steep learning curve down your throat .
    you just have to think at what you're exactly doing . rather pushing one button to land .