This week we have been amazed by some of the videos we’ve seen from the community, and we wanted to share a couple with you so you can be as blown away as we are by the things Commanders are doing. In Comms Chatter we’ve got some brilliant Elite Dangerous pixel art to share with you, too.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be talking about all of the new features in The Engineers expansion, including the new loot and crafting mechanic. You can read Michael Brookes’ latest Dev Update to find out more.
We’re also celebrating the launch of Elite Dangerous: Arena and giving you some tantalizing incentives to get involved, catching up with the latest GalNet news and much more.
As always, you can hear the latest news and updates directly from the development team on our
To tie in with the Elite Dangerous trailer arriving in cinemas before Star Wars Ep. VII, we ran a community trailer competition. We received loads of incredible entries, and we’ll be linking to those in the newsletter in the coming weeks, but today we’re announcing that we’ve chosen a winner, and oh what a winner it is!
NotOnlyHere’s short cinematic video has it all. Its a must see, with settlement assaults, sweeping vistas, SRV racing, group takeoffs and more. Click above to see the video in all its glory.
Thanks to everyone who sent in their entries, the competition was fierce, and picking a winner was no easy task.
The Distant Worlds Expedition continues to amaze us with their incredible activities that truly challenge the definition of ‘out there’. The convoy has reached the center of the galaxy at Sagittarius A*, and they decided to mark that moment in true Distant Worlds style.
53 Commanders gathered in one instance at Sagittarius A*, and, luckily for us, quite a few of them had the nous to record what happened there.
The Distant Worlds Expedition is already shattering Elite Dangerous records, but here’s a few more they broke last night:
Most recorded CMDRs ever at Sagittarius A* (53)
Most recorded CMDRs ever in a formation (48)
Most recorded CMDRs ever in an instance (53)
Most recorded CMDRs ever in a synchronised jump (50)
The Distant World’s Expedition are travelling in the largest convoy the galaxy has ever seen, they’re travelling across the galaxy landing on key planets to meet along the way. Their journey will finish in April.
This week we were very excited to launch Elite Dangerous: Arena, the standalone Elite Dangerous PVP experience.
All players who own Elite Dangerous or Elite Dangerous: Horizons already have access to Arena – simply select Arena (previously labelled CQC) from the in-game main menu to play.
We believe Elite Dangerous: Arena is a compelling game in its own right and want to offer it to a new audience of players whose main goal is to play fast paced PVP combat games. This will open Elite Dangerous to a whole new group of players, all of whom you can play against in the Close Quarter Combat Championships (CQC) in Arena mode in Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons.
Elite Dangerous: Arena is available to new players right now
on our storeand on Steam for £4.99/$7.49 – but remember it’s already included in the Elite Dangerous main menu at no additional charge. If you know people who may be interested, let them know about it and show off your piloting skills when you challenge them to a game!
If you haven’t played Arena/CQC already we have a number of challenges starting today that you can join in with.
Prestige with the Elite and visit Attilius Orbital
As part of Arena you can level up and unlock ship loadouts and modules to use in CQC. As you progress through the ranks you’ll also earn credits to use in the main game.
When you reach CQC Rank 50 you’ll be given the option to ‘Prestige’ and set your rank back to 1. You’ll lose all of your unlocks, but in return you’ll be able to earn more credits for use in the main game, a new icon next to your name to show others you’re not to be messed with and a permit to the Attilius Orbital starport in CD-4311917.
With this exclusive access to Attilius Oribtal you’ll be able to take advantage of a whole host of discounts, including 20% off certain ships such as the Fer-de-Lance and the Vulture, 50% off chaff and heatsink launchers, 30% off most small and medium weapons and more.
Mayhem Launch Celebrations
We have decided to run a series of events for everybody who can play CQC to get involved in.
– CQC Mayhem – Visit our blog post on the Elite Dangerous community site to see our huge schedule of Mayhem events, and to find out how you can get involved.
– Official Livestreams – Every Tuesday we’ll be playing Arena with the developers starting at 7PM GMT on our official YouTube Channel. Come and test your skills against different members of the development team, and be in the chance of winning prizes for taking part. Read further down to learn more about this Tuesday’s episode.
– The Gladiators Challenge – During the first four weeks after the launch of Arena (16 February – 15 March), three named accounts beginning with ‘FDEV’ will be playing CQC on an ad hoc, but regular, basis. If you manage to get in a game with them, and take a screenshot, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two premium Elite Dangerous goodie bags, including a cap, a beanie, three faction mugs, signed artwork, and more. Every paint job in the Elite Dangerous store is also up for grabs, and a couple of Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season passes. There will be a total of five prizes given out – the draw will be done on March 16.
To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is get into a CQC match with either FDEV Rhino, FDEV Wolf or FDEV Jet, take a screenshot of you playing against them (perhaps the leaderboard at the end of the game), and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘CQC Gladiators’. Your email address will be added to the list of entries, and winners will be drawn at random at the end of the four weeks.
Welcome to our weekly roundup of news stories and events in the Elite Dangerous galaxy.
Federal President Zachary Hudson has launched a search for survivors from Starship One. Federal analysts have determined that there is a small chance some of the ship’s crew might have been able to reach escape pods. The Azaleach Partnership, on behalf of President Hudson, has promised to reward anyone who finds one of these pods.
Princess Aisling Duval has announced the creation of new a colony for former slaves in the Uibuth system. According to a statement from the princess’ press liaison, all slaves admitted to the colony will be liberated and re-educated, and offered the protection of forces loyal to Her Royal Highness. The Prismatic Imperium, which is overseeing the initiative, has pledged to reward those who support the campaign.