Elite: Dangerous gets voiced tutorials in September, Fleet Carriers in December

Elite Dangerous
Elite Dangerous (Image credit: Frontier Developments)

What you need to know

  • Elite: Dangerous is a popular space simulator by Frontier Developments.
  • The game is getting a massive September Update with voiced tutorials.
  • The December Update adds Fleet Carriers which can transport up to 16 ships.
  • You can purchase it for $30 through the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

Elite: Dangerous is an excellent space simulator that features a massive open galaxy and plenty of activities. It came out on Xbox One a few years ago and has since then received incredible post-launch support. Despite the fact that Frontier Developments has worked on titles like Jurassic World Evolution and others, Elite: Dangerous continues to get expansions and free content.

Today, the developer confirmed that Fleet Carriers are coming in the December Update. These huge ships can support up to 16 ships and are available to any Elite Dangerous Commander to purchase. Keep in mind that you can only buy one because they're really, really big.

Before the December Update, there's the September Update. This is focused on improving the starter experience for new players. The team is adding a fully-voiced tutorial covering the basics of space flight, combat, traveling, and scanning. This was desperately needed because the learning curve without a guided tutorial is very high. This is quite possibly the biggest barrier to entry.

The September Update will also rebrand Frontier Points as Arx. Arx are microtransaction used to buy in-game cosmetics. Luckily, you can also earn them through various missions. The update is coming on September 17 on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4, so the wait isn't too long.

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  • Voiced tutorials are a pretty great thing and I think Sea of Thieves should go this route. When I first jumped in I needed to join with another player to show me the ropes. Took a bit to find one that would help, instead of just attack.
  • I couldn't even figure out how to get to the boat. By the time I got there I was done with the game.
  • I really want to try this one day. I am really enjoying Everspace.
  • I absolutely don't get this. Why does anyone find Elite Dangerous difficult to get the hang of at all? I didn't even use YouTube videos, and I was playing just fine after just a couple of hours. It is NOT difficult. Not at all. I mean, it's fine to add voice-overs for tutorials. Sure. But, good grief, I just wonder how some people get dressed in the morning.
  • I'm confused the tutorials have the lady on comms telling you what to do. Fleet Carriers though, I cannot fracking wait. Although I need to get back to the bubble before they drop.