Elite Dangerous: Beyond Open Beta Dated, Includes Co-op Missions and Improved Graphics

Lakon Spaceways Chieftain • Elite Dangerous You Tube • Fair Use

Lakon Spaceways Chieftain • Elite Dangerous You Tube • Fair Use

Elite Dangerous Season 3 starts here. Now, those first details are just a few days away from being available to commanders willing to fearless the confines of an open beta.

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. A few players managed to come across huge Thargoid ships and soon after, the alien race began attacking spaceports in the game.

It could be another two and a half months, barring any changes to Beyond - Chapter One's Q1 2018 launch timeline, before Elite Dangerous Season Three officially gets underway.

Wing Missions bring challenging team-based objectives for players to complete with friends and community members around the world.

Chapter 1 of Beyond will give you the chance to take on wing missions with your fellow Commanders, sharing both the efforts and rewards.

Advanced in-game Trading Data will empower traders to make better deals and smoother transactions. Trading Data will bolster the existing trading system, and trading information about the galactic economy will be more readily available.

Earth-like near Sag A • CMDR Mat2596 • Fair Use
Earth-like near Sag A • CMDR Mat2596 • Fair Use

The Elite Dangerous galaxy becomes more realistic and handsome than ever before with reworked planet rendering technology in Frontier's COBRA game engine. Reworked planet rendering in the COBRA engine will also be introduced which means vibrant surface colors better reflect planetary geological properties.

As Frontier explains it, Chapter One features "a range of game-improving updates, including changes to the engineering mechanics, an overhaul of mission rewards, and an altered crime and punishment system". The open beta will also allow commanders to fly a new Alliance warship: the Chieftain.

With the introduction of GalNet Audio, you will be able to catch up on the latest news from across the galaxy without ever leaving the action.

Things are always changing in the universe and the core game mechanics of Elite: Dangerous are no exception.

Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Horizons are available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Some may know you as an ally; others will call you a pirate, a bounty hunter, a smuggler, an explorer, an assassin, a hero...