PMC Elite Dangerous, Expansion Seasons

Elite Dangerous, Expansion Seasons

Comprehensive history of Elite Dangerous seasons of expansions. Year, versions, names etc, its all here. You can review detailed release dates and times from history page.

2014, Season 1 Elite Dangerous v1.0

v1.1: Community Goal's

v1.2: Wings

v1.3: Powerplay

v1.4: CQC

v1.5: Ships

2015, Season 2 - Elite Dangerous v2.0 Horizons

Landing on planets, driving surface recon vehicle (SRV) on the planets surface terrain, collecting materials, synthesis, planetary surface settlements and ports.

v2.1: The Engineers

Everything changes. Introducing an expanded mission system and game-changing loot. Craft exotic weapons and modules for your spacecraft and build a ship unlike any other.

- brings new missions
- galaxy / system map bookmarks
- community goal icons on galaxy / system map
- srv leaves tracks on planet surface
- Huge Beam Laser
- Huge Pulse Laser
- Huge Multi-Cannon
- Large Multi-Cannon
- performance enhanced size 2 and 3 drives (smaller ships)
- galaxy map state (war/famine etc) filter
- new types of terrain surface point of interests
- major re-vamp of Unidentified Signal Sources (USSs), seek specific locations using the discovery scanner
- scanning the nav beacon which gives exploration data for the system
- pilots federation ships sensors allows USSs to be scanned while in supercruise
- enhanced AI ships
- ice mining
- starport traffic controller

v2.2: Guardians

(Mid October 2016) Take what comes and strike back with double. Bring a second ship to every combat encounter with Ship-Launched Fighters and defend your passengers against the deadliest threats in the galaxy.

- passanger ships beluga video
- passenger missions bulk video
- passenger missions VIP video
- route plotter, apply filter to route video
- ship launched fighters, 6 or 8 per bay, manufacture new from materials, paint jobs
- variations to starport interiors
- planets surfaces upgrade, geology
- port variant refinery video
- port variant tourism video
- david braben interview 1 video
- ship launched fighters basic video
- ship launched fighters combat video
- passenger missions tourist spot video
- taipan paint job video
- federal fighter paint job video
- empire fighter paint job video
- port variant agriculture video
- port variant tech video
- hiring an AI crew for ship launched fighters
- AI crew and crew fighter video
- david braben interview 2 video
- CQC architecture buildings
- brand new capital ship docks (not available for docking)
- system map actual rendered objects video
- starport services menu redesigned
- neutron star and white dwarf new graphics
- shipyard tranfers from starport to starport
- shipyard selling by remote
- outfitting module storage
- hyper jump destination star visible during jump
- shady contacts in (anarchy/low security?) starports to pay fines or cash in bounty vouchers
- david braben interview 3 video
- port services video
- capital ship dock video
- hyperspace video
- anaconda paint job video
- asp paint job video
- fer de lance paint job video
- python paint job video
- srv paint job video
- viper mk iii paint job video
- ship transfer video
- AI crew and switching fighter video
- david braben interview 4 video

v2.3: The Commanders
Apr 11th, 2017.

- commander creator
- multi crew
- ship naming
- dolphin ship
- camera suite (highly improved debug camera)
- asteroid base type station (including air traffic controllers)
- 32 asteroid bases in various deep space locations
- increased the credit values of exploration data for scans after this release.

2.4: The Return
Thargoids are back.
- galaxy map route plotting increased to 20,000 light years
- galaxy map route plotting is much faster
- added new player vs player murder bounties
- hull / canopy repair limpet controllers
- there is now an option to make use of neutron star boost when plotting routes
- an icon is displayed on the route to show the last scoopable star before running out of fuel
- music system is completely replaced! existing music should behave exactly as before. it is now much more maintainable and enjoyable to use

2018, Season 3 - Beyond

v3.0: Chapter One
- engineering - to make sure that every upgrade you craft with engineers will be an improvement on what you currently have
- crime and punishment - teeth to system authority ships response to better support meaningful consequence for criminal activities
- trade - improve trade data information to let you make more informed decisions when trying to buy low and sell high
- materials trader - providing players the ability to hand in materials in exchange for others at set exchange rates based on grade and material type.
- wings - challenging wing missions you will be able to take on with your friends
- planetary tech improvements - overhaul of the surface material system for the rocky, high metal content and metal rich planets.
- continuing narrative - from update 1 in the beyond series you'll see all of the current story threads continue to develop.
- galnet audio - a new way to enjoy the narrative threads of elite dangerous. galnet audio will read the news to you as you explore the galaxy in your ship
- new ship: Krait https://i.imgur.com/pLy61fV.jpg (didnt make it to the v3.0 release)
- new ship: Chieftain https://i.imgur.com/BjeFNI2.jpg

v3.1: Chapter Two
- new ship: challenger. a modified version of the alliance chieftain, the alliance challenger has been envisaged as a frontline combat vessel.
- new ship: krait mk ii. the krait mkii is a reimagining of the krait lightspeeder, which was originally manufactured by faulcon delacy in the 3100s.
- wing mining mission.
- installation interactions. in a similar fashion to the megaship interactions, which were introduced in chapter one, commanders will now be able to scan and interact with space installations.
- tech broker. there are now large variants of weapons available at guardian tech brokers and human tech brokers.
- new thargoid scouts.

v3.2: Chapter Three
- new weapons
- new ship Crusader. Latest member of the Alliance ship group. A medium sized ship based on the Alliance Chieftain, with the additional space to carry a fighter bay.
- new Guardian sites added
- engineers in colonia
- galaxy map, renamed some systems that had duplicated names

v3.3: Chapter Four
Dec 11th, 2018.
- squadrons - players like working together. you'll be able to create your own squadron with tools to manage its hierarchy and membership. squadrons will be able to purchase a fleet carrier, giving members a mobile base of operations where they can restock, refuel and respawn.
- mining - we want to make the processes of mining more involving and satisfying. it needs to be more than just lasering an asteroid. we want to expand the ways in which you detect and extract resources, give you a tool set, variety and choice in how you mine. importantly, we want invoke the feeling of wild west prospecting: jeopardy from crises and challenges out in the void, and the potential for striking it big finding the mother lode in special asteroids. our goal is to make mining a fully-fledged career, something that you can progress and work on.
- planetary tech improvements - leading up to the q4 update we'll be making improvements to our lighting model, our scatter rock system, improving ambient effects, planetary phenomena, volumetric effects and vapour. these techniques will combine to create richer environments to explore in our q4 update. these are important steps in our ongoing planetary development.
- exploration - we're going to significantly improve and build on exploration. the exploring flow will be more involved, more efficient and more satisfying. these new mechanics will also improve the experience for anyone searching for something, be that a mission or a particular resource. to support exploration we're adding the codex, an archive that logs your exploration achievements and acts as a repository for game lore. there will also be new phenomena, anomalies and other exciting things to discover.
- Discovery Scanner upgraded to include access to the new Full Spectral System (FSS) scanner mode
- Players use the FSS Mode to discover stellar bodies, stellar phenomenon, USSs, scenarios, distress calls, mission targets and more
- There is now only one Discovery Scanner available in game, which is based on the basic variant. Commanders that have purchased either the intermediate or advanced scanners will receive a credit refund
- Detailed Surface Scanner upgraded to include access to brand new planet probes
- Players can fire probes at bodies to gather data that can be sold.
- Players can also use these probes to pinpoint places of interest on landable planets as well as uncover lucrative places in planetary rings to mine (mining tools will be available at a later Beta release)
- Each body has a "probe efficiency" target; if the player maps 100% of the body using either the same or less than the target, they are awarded a bonus
- Added "First Mapped By" tag - the first commander to 100% map a stellar body and sell the data at a port will be named for everyone to see
- Players will be unable to map Sol, Achenar or Alioth as these systems are already fully mapped
- Revamped look of the bonus popup when selling data
- A credit bonus will be awarded for players that get either 100% first discovered or 100% first mapped in a system
- Added new things to find!
- Orrery view added - players can access the schematic orrery view of systems from the system map
- Codex added to the ship's internal (right hand) panel
- Codex Logs important player statistics
- Codex Session Log records important game events for players review
- Codex Archive holds all text and audio logs taken from the numerous narratives from across the galaxy
- Codex Audio logs can be added to the improved Playlist feature
- Codex Contains either rumored, reported or discovered entries from across the 42 different galactic regions
- Codex Discoveries are broken down in to 3 categories (Stellar Bodies, Biological and Geological, and Civilisations)
- Codex Various articles from the rich history and lore of the Elite universe, from the history of the Super Powers, to important characters and corporations
- Codex Each article is narrated and can be added to the improved Playlist feature
- Added new megaships and installations
- Applicable megaships will move location, on a weekly tick
- Added new scenarios with voice over direction and feedback, and on screen choices and objectives
- Scenarios come in the form of USSs, Megaship, Installations and Conflict Zones
- Conflict zones are now round based; players battle to win a round which then feeds into the war state
- Side objectives can appear, and if the player completes them, they are awarded a points boost
- Once a round has finished, a new one will begin after a short pause
- Combat specific ambient chatter added.
- Ambient chatter now is now in place throughout the entire game and not just around stations.
- 3000 + lines of NPC dialogue added to support scenario driven gameplay.
- Added new lighting model, using dynamic exposure
- Colour grading applied to various situations in the game, improving the look and feel of the game world
- Added a new 'Night Vision' mode to Ships, Fighters and SRVs, to allow players to navigate dark sides of planets, rings and other areas of the game
- Combined 'clear filters' option with the 'set filters' option on the Navigation panel
- Added filters to the Transaction tab
- Added context sensitive, quick action button to contacts (such as 'Request Docking' when targeting a port)
- Combined sub-targets and inventory into a new 'Target' tab, with filters
- Reordered the tabs
- Added support for combining channels in to one main chat channel, or set them as separate tabs
- Options added to give the player the ability to combine chat channels in to a tab, or split them out
- Added the ability to select any Commander in a chat channel to interact with them (incl. invite to wing, invite to crew, voice comms, invite to squadron, block, report, direct comms, and view gamercard where applicable)
- Added a binding to select a different chat channel in the input field
- Combined invitations and multicrew tabs together in to a 'Social' tab
- Multicrew (find crew, join a ship)
- Friends invites
- Wing invites
- Online friends
- Squadron feed tab added
- Added a new 'Home' tab that replaces the previous status tab
- Includes new buttons to launch various features (holo-me, squadrons, codex, powers, Galnet etc)
- Also include better Playlist feedback
- Replaced fire groups "1, 2, 3..." with "A, B, C..." to avoid confusion between group and fire buttons
- Added new contextual 'Ship' tab that replaces the 'Functions' tab and includes sections for 'Ship Preferences', 'Pilot Preferences' and 'Ship Stats'
- Inventory tab now has icon filters instead of text filters, increasing usable screen space
- Improved refinery layout that includes the ships cargo capacity
- Updated 'Status' tab to now include local faction information, Super Power and Powerplay status, a Session Log digest, info on Finances and acquired Permits all in a more legible way
- New Playlist feature that replaces the GalNet player, allowing players to queue and manage several types of media (GalNet news articles, codex articles, inbox audio logs etc.)
- New star system wide text chat now available
- Profanity filter added, with a toggle to turn it off
- Players can now create a Squadron (for a credit fee), or browse existing ones to join from the right hand cockpit panel
- Play style tags can be used when creating a Squadron, and as a filter when browsing existing ones
- Squadrons can be aligned to a Superpower, Power and a Faction
- Squadron allegiance page allows in depth data on chosen Faction
- Squadrons can take part in the various leaderboards, and compete for the top spot
- Squadron feed tab in the Comms panel lists certain events, as well as Public and Internal posts
- Squadron management tools (applicable to certain ranks):
- Invite Commanders to join
- Kick lower ranked members
- Promote/demote lower ranked members
- Change lower ranked privilages
- Create posts
- Accept applications
- Set if the Squadron is accepting new members
- Join in the Leader text chat channel
- 3 new mining processes added (in addition to the standard mining laser process)
- Surface Deposits - material deposits that can be found on the surface of asteroids
- Sub-surface Deposits - material deposits that can be found below the surface of an asteroid
- Fissures - setting the correct 'Seismic charge' into fissures will split the asteroid apart, allowing the deep core materials to be mined
- Added new high value materials
- 4 new mining tools added to outfitting
- Pulse wave Analyser - a scanner used to pinpoint asteroids that support the new extraction processes
- Abrasion Blaster - used to break off surface material deposits from asteroids
- Sub-surface Displacement Missile - Allows recovery of sub-surface material deposits from asteroids
- Seismic Charge Launcher - Allows recovery of deep core materials by splitting the asteroid apart
- new ship Krait Phantom (Faulcon DeLacy)
- new ship Mamba (Zorgon Peterson)
- Display a notification icon to indicate new bindings are available to the player
- Starport contacts now displayed as a grid, rather than a flat list
- Added icon to info panel to show players if their ship or SRV lights are on
- Audio Options screen:Added “Wavescanner Autoducking” option. Disable this to hear the SRV wavescanner more clearly at high speeds
- Audio Options screen:Audio Options screen is reorganised for more clarity and ease of use
- Audio Options screen:Restore defaults button added
- Audio Options screen:The default position on the Audio volume sliders is now indicated.
- Audio Options screen:The child volume sliders can now be boosted above the default value.
- Audio Options screen:Important note: your volume sliders will be reset to default position when you first run 3.3.
- This update includes well over 2000 fixes for various issues that have been discovered and investigated during the development process.

v3.?: Chapter ?
Apr 23rd, 2019.
Main Menu
- Main menu layout updated to make screens and options clearer and to allow room for descriptions
- Added Commander details to the top right corner
- Added a news carousel that can display GalNet headlines, store releases and/or community announcements
- Hints/tips are displayed during the loading screen
- Players current main ship is displayed as the background on the main menu. Note: this will always be your current 'main' ship; fighters/SRVs will not be shown
Commander Creation
- Updated the new commander flow to make the process more informative and engaging
- Ship selection screens now display more information on the ship, and also includes an image of the ship itself
- Players can now choose to start in the Dromi system (in a permit-controlled area administered by the Pilots’ Federation) or in the standard package location
Pilots' Federation District
- The Pilots' Federation District is a collection of systems designed to offer a regulated area for new Commanders
- Outfitting in these systems offers a basic level of equipment, and Shipyards offer a range of entry level ships
- Missions offered in the district are aimed at early stage players
- These systems are also marked with a special icon in the navigation panel and galaxy map
- Once players have gained a rank in Combat, Trade or Exploration, they are offered a 'graduation' mission, which directs them out of the district. If they choose to complete this mission, they cannot re-enter any of the district systems. This also means current, experienced players cannot enter any of these systems
New Modules
- Advanced Docking Computer - The Advanced Docking Computer provides cutting edge guidance control to the ship’s computer, offering a further launch option alongside the assisted docking function.
- Supercruise Assist - The Supercruise Assist module allows the ship’s computer to regulate the approach towards a set location within the current system and to disengage the drive at the appropriate time . This module can also be used to enter orbit around a planetary body.
- - Planet side targets are excluded - instead they will engage the planetary orbit function of the computer, and Commanders will need to manually guide the ship to the ground destination
- Added a new 'Flight Assistance' section to the Ship tab on the right hand panel. Here players can toggle various options on or off (if fitted with the correct modules):
- - Flight Assist
- - Auto Dock
- - Auto Launch (requires Advanced Docking Computer)
- - Rotational Correction
- - Hyperspace Dethrottle (requires the Supercruise assist module. If switched on, throttle will automatically set to zero on entry to a new system)
Navigation Tab
- Plotted route information is now displayed along the top of the Navigation tab
- The popup box for each entry in the Navigation tab now includes extra information (where applicable) and various quick links to other features/areas of the game:
- - Lists any activities available at the selected location, with links to the relevant pilots handbook article(s)
- - Links to system or galaxy map where appropriate
- - Highlights threat levels when the threat is higher than your combat rank (and lists if it is human or xeno)
- - Displays various data on ports or nearby systems, such as allegiance, economy, has appropriate landing pad for your ship, relationship, state, security level galactic region
- - Maintains all previous actions such as lock target, and bookmark location
Pilot's Handbook
- New section added to the Codex that contains articles detailing activities and features of the game:
- Mining
- Exploration
- Piracy
- Trade and Smuggling
- Mercenary Work
- Bounty Hunting
- Xeno Hunting
- Salvage and Rescure
- Maps
- Crime and Punishment
Training Simulation Access
- Training simulations are now accessible from within any ship cockpit, from anywhere
- Note: if you attempt to start a simulation whilst in danger, you will be subject to the standard 15 second delay before proceeding
Commodity Market Interface
- Separated 'Buy' and 'Sell' screens, to make it clearer to the player what data they are looking at
- Added filters
- Added 'Suggested' markets to the comparisons popup, and populated it with nearby data that the player owns
- - Also added the mission icon to systems that the player has active missions in
- The 'Help' button takes the player to the relevant Pilots Handbook article
- Updated the supply and demand icons and added a description of it to the right hand side of the screen, to make it clearer to the player when to buy or sell
- Highlight mission related and rare goods on the buy screen, with a key to icons along the bottom
- Clarified what the comparison column is telling the player:
- - On the buy screen - the profit if selected commodity is sold at selected market/galactic average
- - On the sell screen - the profit if selected commodity is bought at selected market/galactic average, and sold at current market
- - By default the column shows the 'Galactic Average' until the player selects a market to compare with
- Added local market data to the right hand side for quick comparison
- Buy screen shows Galactic average and price per unit on right hand side and Sell screen also includes profit if sold
- Buy/Sell popup includes more information and quick links
- - Local market data for quick comparison
- - - Selecting a market takes the player to the system on the galaxy map
- - View commodity on galaxy - takes players to a filtered version of the map
- Added more detail to the popup box when selecting any commodities in the players inventory, as well as a quick link to the galaxy map with the correct filter applied
Player Journal Updates
- FSDJump event – now includes “Body” info about the arrival star
- Don’t write a spurious “FighterRebuilt” event after docking SLF back in the ship
- ApproachSettlement” now includes body info
- The “Loadout” event:
- - no longer includes spurious ammo stats for energy weapons
- - now includes UnladenMass and FuelCapacity info
- - now written when docking SRV back in mothership
- - now includes CargoCapacity, and MaxJumpRange
- Module item names are now consistently lowercase
- Status.json:
- - include LegalState
- - includes info on nearby planet, and ‘AltFromAvgRad” flag
- Scan: include a star’s subclass
- Location: include DistFromStarLS
- Add Conflicts data in FSDJump and Location
- Include Vehicle ID for SLF/SRV (LaunchFighter, LaunchSRV, FighterRebuilt, FighterDestroyed, DockSRV, DockFighter, SRVDestroyed, CrewLaunchFighter)
- Add info in Scan event to show if the body was previously discovered or mapped

v3.?: Chapter ?
Sep 18th, 2019.
New Starter Experience
- Added a curated experience for new players that will guide them through the basics of ship control, combat, travel and docking
- The experience has localised voiceover in all supported languages
- Certain UI elements are highlighted at key points during the flow
- Players are given a mission once the flow has been completed, that introduces them to the mission board (with voiceover)
- Added the experience to the 'Training Simulations' list, accessible from the internal cockpit panel
- Updated the throttle UI to better show the players current direction of travel (the rectangular blocks are now chevrons, and added a subtle pulse animation)
- Pre-flight checklist is now off by default when starting a new game (it can be turned back on)
Supercruise
- Added new option to the Flight Assist tab to allow the Supercruise Assist module to control the throttle automatically
- Supercruise 'Safe to Disengage' message has been updated to include the binding that will disengage Supercruise
ARX
- ARX is the new currency that takes over from Frontier Points and real money transactions across all platforms
- Players purchase a pack containing a number of ARX that are then used to purchase in-game cosmetic items (Game Extras) for their ship, SRV, fighter or Holo-Me
- Players can purchase ARX from in-game links that direct either to an external Frontier Store or site
- Any outstanding Frontier Points will be converted to ARX the first time the player logs into the game after the update
Rewarding ARX
- Players can earn ARX through standard gameplay (up to a 400 weekly cap) based on in-game activities within Combat, Trade and Exploration and more!
- Players are notified of their previous session earnings on the main menu
Livery Update
- Refreshed livery layout
- Icons denote the different categories (general, decals, cockpit decorations, etc.)
- Updated vessel selection screen
- Separate UI for ship name and ID
- Preview mode that reduces the amount of on-screen UI, giving a clearer view of the chosen item
- Players now purchase items, with ARX, directly from livery, without being redirected to an external store
- Players can now access livery from the main menu
Holo-Me
- Players can now purchase items, with ARX directly from the Holo-Me section, without being redirected to an external store
New Store
- Added a new customisation store
- Players can browse the entire catalog of customisation items for any available ship
- Preview Mode allows players to see any cosmetic items on a vanilla version of any ship, as well as use camera controls to view it from different angles
- The store is accessible from either the main menu or major starports in-game
- Players purchase cosmetic items directly from the store, without being redirected to an external site
Player Journal
- New SAASignalsFound event with bio/geo signals on planets and hotspots in rings
- SAAScanComplete: add SystemAddress
- Scan: add StarSystem name and SystemAddress
- FSDTarget: add RemainingJumpsInRoute
- CodexEntry,Touchdown,Liftoff: add NearestDestination
- StatusFlags: add flags fsdJump, srvHighBeam
- ShipTargeted: add powerplay info

v3.?: "January Update"
Jan 14h, 2020.
- alternative solution to help mitigate the long delay when scanning planets with geological/biological sites

v3.7: Fleet Carriers
Jun 9th, 2020.
- Fleet Carriers are massive ships used as a mobile base of operations, offering multiple landing pads and various services.
- Fleet Carriers cost 5 billion credits.
- Players can purchase a Fleet Carrier from starports with a Fleet Carrier Vendor contact.
- Fleet Carriers come with 16 landing pads, 8 large, 4 medium and 4 small.
- Fleet Carrier owners can manage docking permissions to determine who can land on their Fleet Carrier.
- Fleet Carriers can jump up to 500ly.
- Fleet Carriers use the new commodity, Tritium, to perform a jump.
- Owners can install a variety of services on a Fleet Carrier to support their play style.
- Fleet Carriers have a weekly upkeep cost which must be maintained to keep the Fleet Carrier running.
- Fleet Carriers have player controlled commodity markets which the owner can use to buy and sell goods.
- Fleet Carrier owners can also set tariffs on some of the services they offer to help pay their running costs.
- Fleet Carriers can be customised, similar to regular ships, with items purchased from the Livery.
- Fleet Carriers take 15 minutes to prepare for a jump, and have a 5 minute cool-down after.
- Universal Cartographics is an optional service on Fleet Carriers.
- Fleet Carrier owners can store their ships and modules aboard their Fleet Carrier by default.
- When decommissioning a carrier you will receive a full refund.
- Voluntary decommissioning will incur a fee equivalent to 50% of the Debt Threshold.
- When cancelling the decommissioning of a Fleet Carrier, the owner will receive an inbox message to confirm the cancellation.

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