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First "significant update" to Elite: Dangerous planned for February

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Elite Dangerous Review

Updates have been arriving for Elite: Dangerous regularly, including one just this morning to optimize servers and fix (as-yet unnamed) bugs. Frontier Developments has also recently added in newly discovered real-life planets, such as Kepler-438b, so you can visit them between your space-trucking and pirate-hunting missions.

In a post on Frontier's forums this morning, executive producer Michel Brookes gave a vague outline of future updates, including one planned for the first week of February which he describes as "significant." While he provides few details, he mentions the update will provide "a new way to collaborate with other players in the galaxy," something Elite: Dangerous is certainly in need of. According to Brookes, version 1.1 will also increase the maximum distance for the galaxy map route-planner, up to 1,000 light years, allowing players to schedule longer journeys for their exploration missions.

March is slated to bring another big update introducing "player wings," which will allow players to group up with others and share missions, bounties, and rewards. You can read the entire forum post here.

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.