Elite Dangerous improves the starter experience

by MaddOx
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Today Frontier Developments PLC dropped some fresh Elite Dangerous news, straight from the stage at their Frontier community event at gamescom.

First up, they revealed further information on the much-anticipated Fleet Carriers coming in the December Update. These huge ships can support up to 16 player ships and are available to ANY Elite Dangerous Commander to purchase (one per player, they’re really big). The new Fleet Carrier trailer gamescom reveal trailer (which can be seen below) gives a better look of these giant structures in action. There’s also a ton of info on the Fleet Carriers below.

Before we get to December though, Frontier has the September Update. This is focused on improving the starter experience for new commanders meaning there’s never been a better time to get into Elite Dangerous. They’re adding a fully-voiced, in-ship tutorial, covering the basics of space flight, combat, travelling and scanning.

In addition, the September update will also include a reworking and rebranding of Frontier Points, introducing them as Arx. These Arx will be purchasable and used to buy Game Extras such as Paint Jobs, Ship Kits, Bobbleheads and more. As announced earlier this year, Arx will also be earnable via in-game activities. Giving players a further reason to regularly check in on the state of the galaxy.

The September Update will be launched 17 September for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Fleet Carrier key stats:

  • Ownership
  • Purchasable with a large number of credits.
  • One Fleet Carrier per Commander. Available for the base game and Horizons players.


Fleet Carriers have a total of 16 Landing Pads, composed of:

  • 8 Large
  • 4 Medium
  • 4 Small

Set permissions to allow others to dock at your Fleet Carrier.


All Fleet Carriers feature rearm, refuel and repair services.

Commanders can choose a number of load-outs for their Fleet Carrier, governing services/module and ship availability to support a number of different activities, such as:

  • Bounty Hunter
  • Mercenary
  • Pirate
  • Trader
  • Smuggler
  • Miner
  • Explorer
  • Search and Rescue


500 LY jump range (per jump)

Schedule jumps from the Galaxy Map when you want and from wherever you are in the galaxy.

Commanders require a unique resource to fuel the Fleet Carrier in order for it to jump.

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