Elite Dangerous fans will get their first look at the space sim's next update when Beyond - Chapter One enters beta on January 25, Frontier Developments confirmed Friday. The teaser will go live on January 25 and gives players a taster of upcoming Season Three content for the vibrant space shooter.
Wing Missions are the centerpiece of the experience and are created to get players to cooperatively work together to complete hard challenges. Commanders must strive to overcome various obstacles while sharing their adventures and rewards with fellow teammates.
Chapter One introduces the Chieftain ship - a new Alliance craft designed by in-game manufacturer Lakon Spaceways - that's "more maneuverable than ships of similar size and weight, and [.] can more than hold its own in a fight", according to Frontier.
Chapter 1 of Beyond will bring improvements to some of Elite Dangerous' core mechanics, including accessibility enhancements to the engineering mechanics, an overhaul of mission rewards and big changes to Crime and Punishment. Information on the galactic economy is now more freely available, allowing every commander to become a master merchant as they journey among the stars.
If you're a PC or Mac player of Elite: Dangerous, you will definitely want pencil in time to play starting January 25th. Additionally, GalNet Audio will allow players to catch up on the galaxy's latest news without ever leaving the action, bringing the ongoing narrative to the foreground at a risky moment for humanity's pilots.
Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons are available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Here's what you can expect from Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One (the beta will offer access to all the chapter's content). This may prove more significant than it sounds, and could potentially help draw more focus to Elite's ongoing narrative elements and events, given that Galnet will no longer remain exclusively in the domain of those willing to park up and wade through pages of text, rather than playing the actual game.
Frontier is the studio behind Jurassic World Evolution, Elite Dangerous, LostWinds and Planet Coaster, founded in 1994 by games industry veteran David Braben.
When Frontier announced Beyond at its inaugural expo event in London past year, it explained that the new season would be split into four parts.