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Elite Dangerous squishing stability bugs in next big update, due in January

Frontier Developments have detailed the first of the promised Elite Dangerous patches focused on fixing bugs, and announced that a short public beta test of it will start next week. The sandbox space sim has accumulated a fair few bugs over the years, with some affecting the game for literal years, and Frontier are finally taking them seriously. They've put content updates on hold for…

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Elite Dangerous players will decide the fate of an ancient colony ship

The ancient and insular colony ship found in Elite Dangerous earlier this month is the focus of a new community event to decide its fate. After an event where players delivered aid and supplies, now the galactic superpowers have taken interest in the opportunity presented by a vast ship of colonists who decided to stay amongst the stars. Starting today, players are invited to deliver…

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Feature: Stop hogging the game

Planet Zoo is, temporarily, a game about mass-producing knackered warthogs

Something has... gone wrong with Planet Zoo. I think it'll be fixed easily enough, possibly even today, and I'm still having fun with it as it is. But, in the game's franchise mode at least, the promise of "build your own zoo, with whatever you like in it" has quietly been phased out for "in the grim darkness of the international animal trade, there is…

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Elite pilots hunt down an ancient starship packed with sick colonists

Sometimes, it's worth reading the news. When a story in Elite: Dangerous' fictional feed ended with an unexpected call for supplies in the Upaniklis system, most would've thought it flavour text. Not Malic_VR, a pilot and Elite streamer, who went to see what this minor fuss was all about. What he found was a dilemma that'd make a brilliant Star Trek plot - an ancient…

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Feature: Beast mode

Planet Zoo review

Planet Zoo is a game where you can build your own zoo. It’s buggy, intermittently opaque, frequently saccharine, and - barring an eleventh hour miracle - it’s my undisputed game of the year. Because here’s the thing: it’s a game where you can build your own zoo. And by thunder, it delivers on that promise. Usually, by the time I review a game - especially…

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Elite Dangerous delays Fleet Carriers to focus on fixing bugs

Frontier Developments have recognised that September's big Elite Dangerous update "introduced a number of issues and bugs which caused a lot of frustration." They're "really sorry" about that, they say, and by popular demand have declared a new commitment to fixing the game up. The next few updates will focus chiefly on improving both "recent and longstanding issues", and frankly it sounds welcome. This does…

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Planet Zoo adding a new offline mode following beta feedback

Following feedback from Planet Zoo beta players who were unhappy that its fancy Franchise Mode was only playable while online, Frontier Developments have announced they'll add a similar mode supporting offline play. Franchise Mode is one of three modes originally planned, giving players more to manage while running multiple zoos around the world. But it ties in online system like trading animals with other players…

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The 1984 version of Elite is free to download, to celebrate its 35th birthday

Spacers these days, man. They've all got it too easy. As simulationist as Elite Dangerous is, it's still all too simple to hop in a ship, point in a direction, and see some awfully pretty space guff. These kids don't know how tough those early astronauts had it. To celebrate Elite's 35th birthday, Frontier are giving away David Braben's original 1984 space adventure for free.…

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Elite Dangerous’s much-needed tutorial overhaul arrives today

When you think of it, it's kinda shocking how little experience you need to get behind the wheel of a spaceship these days. I don't remember Frontier ever issuing driving licenses, and it shows. Rich kids slamming into the walls of space stations, speeding into black holes. No wonder warp-heads keep going on five-month trips across the galaxy - it's the only way to avoid…

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Feature: The humble pooper scooper

Planet Zoo has great poop physics, runaway animals, and loads of other good animal action

Planet Zoo is Frontier's latest game in with "Planet" in the name. It takes all of what was great about Planet Coaster and replaces the rollercoasters and queues with animals and habitats. It's cute, it's fun, and it has had a lot of love poured into it. Myself and Alice Bee got the chance to have some hands-on time with the alpha at this year's…

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Feature: The Beagle has landed

At the end of a five-month Elite Dangerous expedition, I looked into the Abyss

My fuel tank might be full, but I can’t say the same for myself. Since leaving the galactic core with such high spirits, my energy levels have plummeted. The journey to the far edge of the Milky Way has become an isolated and grueling gauntlet of star jumps. Jumping from star to star, again and again and again - the repetitiveness is exhausting. I'm no…

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Thousands perish in Elite Dangerous expedition, but survivors reach the edge of the galaxy

Whoa. I was too distracted during the disgusting month of E3 to pay attention to what really matters: the space news. The Elite Dangerous expedition which saw 13,000 players set out to cross the galaxy in a long trip has finally ended after six months. Just over one quarter of those explorers touched down at Beagle Point last month, which is practically the furthest you…

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Elite Dangerous to get fleet carriers and new premium currency

Warframe wasn't the only game to have a fan event this weekend. July 5th-7th was also Lavecon, Elite Dangerous's smaller fan gathering. To coincide, Frontier revealed details of their coming September and December updates. The former is introducing a new premium currency and a revised start for new players, while a trailer showed the latter's fleet carrier ships for the first time.

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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Feature: Welcome to the reptile house

Planet Zoo has a new trailer, a release date, and a lot of potential

Over in LA, Frontier Developments have just shown the latest trailer for their upcoming menagerie-’em-up Planet Zoo, as well as setting a launch date for November 5th - and it’s looking very powerful indeed. I’ll be straightforward with you here: with the exception of the extremely relaxing Megaquarium, I’ve always been disappointed by zoo games. And that’s not because I’m not into the concept. I…

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Planet Coaster’s Ghostbusters expansion lets you monetise the afterlife

If there's something strange in you neighbourhood, who you gonna call? The local news, maybe you can get on the telly. An invisible man sleeping in your bed? There's a unique feature sure to draw attention when you Airbnb your flat! If you've had a dose of a freaky ghost baby? That can bootstrap a new career as an influencer. So if ghosts are haunting…

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Feature: From the makers of Planet Coaster

Planet Zoo is a promising zoo game and an exhilarating philosophical nightmare

They say you should never ask how the sausage is made, but in the case of Frontier's Planet Zoo, knowing how the game's creatures were created makes all the difference. Specifically, it's the difference between two kinds of game. On the one hand, a handsome, top-down management sim in which players breed and nurture pleasingly unruly animals for the delight and education of a rosy-cheeked…

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Happy birthday to you: Planet Zoo coming from Planet Coaster studio

After having us build theme parks to house dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Evolution and for mechanical snakes in Planet Coaster, Frontier Developments are focusing on cuddlier lifeforms in their next management sim. Today they announced Planet Zoo, which will let us build and run zoos with lions and tigers and bears, oh my! We saw a preview version and will have more to say about…

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Elite Dangerous’ next update wants to help onboard new players

The next update for vast space simulator Elite Dangerous should make things a bit easier for land-lubbers who want to get their space legs for the first time. A new zone for beginners, simpler early missions, and new ship modules to automate docking and entering orbit are all among the slate of changes lined up for release on Tuesday, April 23rd.

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Feature: Our explorer's journey continues

I flew to the centre of the galaxy in Elite Dangerous, only to find it overrun with criminals

It has been two months since I set off to reach the centre of the galaxy. I’m happy to report that I made it. For those not following my adventures, I’m part of the Distant Worlds 2 expedition, a ragtag group of Elite Dangerous explorers who have set out to cross the galaxy and construct a new space station at its core, a safe haven…

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