The crew at Frontier Developments has released the first major update for their hit space sim, Elite: Dangerous. Today, the game hits 1.1, adding some notable new features centered around the community experience.
Friends and acquaintances can be brought together under the new Community Goals feature. This allows more than one player to engage in major story events, with their collective efforts aiming towards a particular goal, like a new player starport. Players can contribute towards Community Goals in multiplayer, single-player, or private sessions.Elite: Dangerous also ups the incentive of space exploration. Players that discover whole new systems will be credited by name in the in-game galaxy map. This change will be applied retroactively, so if you've explored some uncharted planets, expect to be credited. The overall space route is also being expanded by 1,000 light years for additional exploration opportunities.
The 1.1 update will also include a slew of graphical updates and bug fixes. For more, see the patch notes on the forums and check out the video below. The next major update will be 1.2 and is being targeted for March.