Elite Dangerous: Beyond‘s Chapter Four is on the way to all consoles. The beta will be available on October 23rd for Elite Dangerous and Horizons players on PC. Exploration, Mining, and more will all be updated in Chapter 4. A new Analysis Mode is coming with the improved Exploration Discovery Scanner and Detaield Discovery Scanner. These are a brand-new way for Commanders to explore the galaxy. Players will be able to tune their scanners to find stellar bodies and other phenomena. Unidentified Signal Sources and conflict zones will also appear, allowing players to easily track down interesting or important things within the system. Not only is this new system a more realistic, satisfying and engaging exploration experience, but also provides players with the freedom to make more informed decisions on where to look next, and be ultimately better rewarded for time spent exploring.
There will also be new tools and mechanics will provide a fresh new way to mine for Elite Dangerous Commanders, making Asteroid belts and planetary rings a very exciting place now. Using new exploration mechanics, miners can investigate rings to locate the best spots to start their mining sessions. With the right amount of skill and expertise, Commanders can create an awesome asteroid detonation before sweeping up the spoils. Squadrons will be a new way to unite like-minded Commanders in Elite Dangerous. Players will be able to take part in Community Goals together and compete for top spots, and bragging rights, in weekly leaderboards. New communication tools such as in-game chat channels and a new web portal, give players the freedom to manage their Squadron and collectively blaze their trail across the galaxy.
Prior to the introduction of the beta, Frontier will be hosting a number of deep-dive livestreams with developer guests, showcasing each key facet of Beyond – Chapter Four.
The Chapter Four content reveal livestreams will be on the following dates:
Exploration, Codex and Visual Improvements – 18 October (19:00 BST)
BGS and Scenario Interactions – 25 October (19:00 BST)
Squadrons – 30 October (19:00 BST)
Mining – 01 November (19:00 BST)
The Ships – 8 November (19:00 GMT)