When you consider it, two years is a remarkably quick timeframe for constructing a spaceship. Once scheduled for liftoff in 2018, Elite Dangerous‘ long-awaited fleet carriers are lastly, virtually, nearly able to take to the celebs. Today, Frontier introduced plans for beta periods within the coming months, scheduled a full video deep-dive on April 2nd, and revealed simply how a lot a nation-sized supercarrier will set you again.
Spoiler alert: they’re not low cost.
First deliberate as a part of Elite Dangerous: Beyond in 2018, Fleet Carriers have discovered themselves caught within the digital shipyards since. In October final 12 months, they have been pushed additional again nonetheless to make room for some important bug fixes.
But now, Frontier are nearly able to set their supercarriers unfastened upon the celebs. Posting on their boards earlier as we speak, Frontier announced a special pre-recorded “content reveal” stream for Fleet Carriers. They’ll be outlining a few of the intricacies of organising your travelling shipyard – and whereas they’ve opted to not do the stream reside, devs shall be on-hand in chat to reply questions from pilots throughout the galaxy.
Ahead of that stream, Frontier listed a couple of key particulars concerning the upcoming mega-ships. They’ll be capable to journey a whopping 400ly per hyperspace bounce – over 10 instances additional than my plucky little Diamondback. Carrying as much as 16 ships that far comes with some caveats, after all. There’s a tough cooldown between jumps, and house owners might want to refuel with a brand new useful resource named Tritium.
Oh, and it’ll set you again 5 billion credit.
That’s virtually 5 instances extra pricey than the Imperial Cutter, at the moment Elite’s most costly luxurious warship. It’s impossibly larger than any sum of money I’ve ever saved in Elite. Of course, it’s not likely for solo flyers like me. If you’re available in the market for a Fleet Carrier, you most likely have already got a band of mates serving to you scrimp collectively the money for one among these 16-seater unhealthy boys.
Frontier have put aside two public beta periods for fleet carriers. The first, PC-only will arrive on April seventh, with a multi-platform second beta hitting someday in May. Should all go to plan, Fleet Carriers will lastly launch someday this June.
While Elite’s galaxy is way faraway from our Earthly issues, Frontier Developments are soundly not, stressing that each one time-frames are topic to vary.