Last week saw the PC release of Odyssey, the latest major expansion in the Elite Dangerous franchise. Although players suffered server connectivity issues in the first few days, we understand that many of those problems have now been resolved. Despite the challenges, player numbers have been relatively strong – at record levels for Elite Dangerous, as would be expected. Whilst additional concerns around game optimisation may take longer to fix, Frontier are working hard on resolving these through regular updates to ensure that players’ experience improves. We have no doubt that Elite will remain a successful multi-year franchise going forwards, as the company maintains its launch and nurture approach to creating long-lasting games. We keep our forecasts and Target Price unchanged.
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According to the news from Jan the 13th. They’re planning a ‘Phased’ release, so we won’t be getting the whole of Odyssey in one go. It will probably like the original Alpha, with them unlocking section by section.
We want to send some massive love to Baz Floyd from Special Effect, who had a stroke late last year. Sadly despite being in isolation he also somehow caught covid. We’re glad to say that even though he’s still in hospital and he still has a long road ahead of him, he is on the mend, he’s already beaten the COVID and he’s regaining faculties. Further we’d also like to send our love to his partner Ali Hilborne.
Paige’s “Through Our Eyes” stream which had loads of ‘marginalised’ streamers. From people in the LGBTQIA+ Community, to people with Mental and Physical Health Issues, to BIPOC streamers. Some of their stories were heartbreaking, some were inspirational. There was so much love in the stream it was great. On of the people I found most interesting was a streamer with Dissociation with Parts who’s called “Hobohaus” – HoboHaus – Twitch It was so interesting watching watching and listening to them talking about their system and how they’re learning to live with themselves. If you want to watch it the VODs are on Arthremis’ YouTube
Development News – what have the devs said this week?
New players thanks to the Free Epic Store giveaway. The breakdown is 2.5 Million PC users and 1.5 Console players and 8 Million Free Downloads from the Epic Store. Total number of players 12 Million?!??
Stephen and Bruce did the CG no real news that I noticed, although the wednesday AMA appears to be cancelled and they’re choosing questions from the community and answering them on a friday afternoon (See Below).
They did say that the Narrative (CG and Galnet) is going to proceed at the same pace.
No CG on Thursday but something ‘Lore Related’ to find… Arf says he’s planning on making us work for it
In-Game Events – what’s happened this week?
AXI Now marks the time in which the Eye of the Odyssey begins. This is your chance to earn yourself a copy of the Deluxe Edition of Elite Dangerous Odyssey (Steam) for winning 1st place and a standard copy (Steam) to 2nd.
This event wouldn’t be possible without CMDR IM2D of NEWP (New Pilots Initiative) and the outstanding staff members over at NEWP which came to us asking if we could do a cooperative event.
The time trial challenge is this;-
1) Start on the Stellaris Invicta [NEWP] in Musca Dark Region JX-T C3-13
2) Go to a Threat 5 and collect a Cyclops Tissue Sample.
3) Collect the same Cyclops heart.
4) Pick up a single Meta-Alloy from a Barnacle Site/Forest or surface site.
5) Finish at the Eclipse [AXI] in Musca Dark Region GW-W D1-143
Operation IDA – is still repairing stations in the witch head nebula. They’ve only got Sherrill Orbital in Haki to go.
Due to unfortunate circumstances (his PC melted) one of our Tech Monkeys is out of the game for a while, on the bright side this has opened up a space or two in our monkey enclosure and maybe you can fill it Key Responsibilities Streaming the live show in a…
Fixed an issue when reading inbox messages in Supercruise caused the game to crash
Fixed a bug causing delays and disconnections when entering a location with Fleet Carriers present
Fixed a UI focus issue which allowed players to sell ships in the background while using Carrier Management
Stopped depleted motherlode asteroids from respawning when a player flies a Ship-Launched Fighter beyond its maximum limit
One of the things that we missed for the Discussion last week was that New Commanders will have a choice to start planet side (on foot) or in space. Does this mean if you start on foot, you have to run (or rather walk) missions in order to earn your sidewinder?
As a Side Note:- Dom from the Mission Development team has been on the Forums helping commanders who have been getting stuck with missions. So if you’ve been struggling with Bounty Missions or Unidentified weakage missions, we’ve included the links in the show notes
In-Game Events – what’s happened this week?
Peace in Leesti
TX will respect (i.e. not intentionally work against) the Alliance BGS in Leesti, Diso, Reorte and any system that has been entered first by an active Alliance player minor faction. Special arrangements regarding particular systems may be made between each respective player group.
The Alioth Council and its member groups will respect (i.e. not intentionally work against) the TerraEx BGS in any system that has been entered first by the TerraEx player minor faction.
Both sides will inform their members and supporters about this agreement and ask to cease all hostility with immediate effect.
This will assist in bringing a solution to the work TX and other Alliance factions involved in OWTO are doing.
TX will retreat from Leesti after a successful expansion into Riedquat (or Orerve, in case the BGS mechanics don’t work) where they’re free to take control.
A. TX will stop all BGS in Leesti and allow the Alliance to drop TX to about 10%
B. TX will remain in Leesti until TX has expanded into the chosen and agreed system
C. As soon as TX arrives in that system the Alliance is free to start the process of retreating TX out of Leesti
D. From here TX will take care of the chosen system and the Alliance take care of Leesti with no opposition from either side
E. The Alliance offers to assist in repairing the following TX systems that have suffered during the conflict:
1. Baris – bring TX to control again
2. Agatavun – bring TX to control again
3. Baijio – bring TX to control again.
Turning the Wheel
Gains in LTT 5455 today were significant. There is a strong chance they will trigger a conflict for control of the system with the next tick.
TDW’s expansion from HR 4979 should complete at the tick and the Rabid Hamsters, and Hamster-Lite forum commanders have prepared everything pretty much perfectly. There is little that can go wrong from here.
With what looked like Galnet Logos on the Mugs of two certain community managers, does this hint for the return of Galnet ?
If so, what stories do you think they will cover?
As, they’ve said that the old galnet will only cover items you can get involved with, does this mean the return of community goals?
Or even better interstellar initiatives?
I.e When is the Federal Election due?
Reports on an increase of thargoid activity?
Is this what the ‘B’ team have been up to since the fleet carrier’s have settled down.
Congrats to down earth astronomy getting Married.
Cmdr Exigious has done an incredibly detailed deep dive video into the Graphical settings in Elite Dangerous, showing all the settings and the performance hits they cause. Link
In the last two shows, guys have brought up the hope of high gravity worlds greatly affecting personal movement upto the point of not being able to move at all. The conversations make it seem like realistic gravity is a big deal. As it stands now, pun intended, all gravity does is make thrusters less effective. I’m not sure if gravity effects lateral movement or drive speed at all. If Fdev were to do more realistic gravity, wouldn’t we black out in our ships and SRVs before we had a chance to walk?
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Cmdr Jules Vern who works for the Charity “Everyone Can” is taking part in a 24 hour Charity Stream, Game Together.
Everyone Can believes in a society that encourages every disabled person to realise their potential, so they are able to dictate the course of their own lives and play an active role in society. They believe in a society that includes disabled people and not exclude them.
Game Together will be held from 10am on Saturday 26th September – 10am on Sunday 27th