Frontier Developments announced today that it has released Elite: Dangerous Beta 3. As the company noted, this third stage of Elite: Dangerous’ Beta test has rolled out to players, unlocking even more of the real Milky Way for exploration and introducing long-awaited features including multiple ship ownership and mining.
Here are the key features of Elite: Dangerous Beta 3:
-Player-driven interdiction. Players can now interdict NPC ships, pulling them out of faster-than-light travel back into normal space along with the player.
-Philanthropy missions added.
-Fuel scooping from stars added. Keep a close eye on your temperature gauge as you refuel from the blazing surface of stars.
-Asteroid mining added. Cut metal and rock from asteroids using the mining laser.
-New ships added: Imperial Clipper and Federal Dropship.
-Multiple ship ownership. Long requested by the community, players can keep multiple craft docked at starports, allowing for reserve ships dedicated to combat, exploration, trading and more.
-Additional ship images added to loading screen .
Status panel now shows faction reputation.
-New in-game controls to allow rapid switching between display screens.
-Outpost landing pads now reflect low gravity environment.
-Play area expanded to over 2,400 systems and 869,000 cubic light years of playable space.
-Improved galaxy map, with partial name searching, range display and route finding.
-Planet visuals overhaul. Planet surface types, liquids and atmospheric colours now reflect their chemical composition.
-Planets display volcanic features and complex craters can create dust ejecta. Crater frequency is dependent on atmosphere thickness.
-Ice planets now have fracture features.
-All planets now have dynamic ice caps and liquid levels.
-Asteroid belt clusters added.
-Nebulae added, visible in the sky and the galaxy map.