As of the 27th of May Frontier Development’s Elite Dangerous has officially rolled to 2.1, with free players now moved onto version 1.6. What this means, for those who haven’t been following the game closely, is that crafting of modules, special ship upgrades via specialist engineers, as well as a major re-haul to how you interact with missions, are among the long list of features added to the already expansive game.
There was also a very hefty series of patches, fixes and tweaks rolled out with the new feature, including a standardising of NPC weapons based on class, and the removal of the ability to destroy your own ship for the bounty.
You can give the changelog a read [here]
ELITE DANGEROUS: HORIZONS’
“The Engineers” Expansion Now Available
Loot, Crafting and a Revolutionized Mission System Launches Alongside
Elite Dangerous’ Biggest-Ever Free Update
Cambridge, UK — May 27, 2016 — Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) has launched the second major expansion for Elite Dangerous: Horizons – The Engineers– together with the biggest ever free update for all Elite Dangerous players (1.6).
The Engineers and the massive 1.6 update comprise Elite Dangerous’ largest expansion ever, introducing new content and features detailed at length in the extensive changelog.
For Elite Dangerous: Horizons players, The Engineers unlocks a world of customization options that change the way you fly, trade, explore and fight in the Elite Dangerous galaxy. With bases on planet surfaces across the populated galaxy, each Engineer has a unique personality and history, and they just might choose to help you with their custom weapons and specialized modules… for the right price.
- Discover the enigmatic Engineers and earn their trust to unlock powerful upgrades for your ship. Roll out in the SRV Surface Recon Vehicle to scour planet surfaces and shipwrecks for materials, or trade, steal and smuggle to make your ship one of a kind.
- Experience a new degree of customization with unique crafted modules. Forge weapons with unique stats and exotic effects: inflict damage even through shields, knock enemy ships out of control, repair your wingmen in the heat of battle and more.
- Witness the impact of your actions on the galaxy with the all-new mission board. Missions become more personal, making it easier to build relationships and take meaningful decisions that define who calls you friend and who calls you foe.
The Engineers is available for all Elite Dangerous: Horizons players now. Check out the new trailer here: http://youtu.be/
Elite Dangerous: Horizons is available now for PC and on June 3 for Xbox One as an upgrade to Elite Dangerous for £19.99 ($29.99, €24.99, 1,489 RUB), and packaged with Elite Dangerous as part of the Commander Deluxe edition for £39.99 ($59.99, €49.99, 2,999 RUB). Find it on FrontierStore.net, Xbox.com, Amazon and Steam.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons players on PC and Xbox One will receive further expansions as the season continues. Future gameplay updates will debut for PC and Xbox One simultaneously, enriching the Elite Dangerous experience with new activities and new ways to play on both platforms. For details on the upcoming season of expansions, visit EliteDangerous.com/seasons