Elite: Dangerous just got updated with long awaited co-op features and avatar customisation. On top of that, the patch notes speak of new and hidden "mystery features". More alien life for Elite?
The latest update for Elite: Dangerous titled Horizons 2.3 - The Commanders is now live for PC and Xbox one players, while the space simulation game is set to arrive on PlayStation 4 sometime in the coming 3 months.
The update adds a long awaited Multi-crew co-op feature, enabling players to engage in space adventures filling either captain, gunner or fighter escort roles, depending on the number of available seats on the ships they command. A newly added Holo-Me feature allows for avatar customisation in combination with the Multi-crew functionality. A lot of small fixes and updates have also been added to further streamline the new functionality that came with the update.
Listed under general changes, the patch notes also include these two nuggets:
• New mysterious things added
• New organics added to surfaces
What this might mean is anyone's best guess, but the assumption is that players should find out for themselves.
All of the changes mentioned above are reserved for holders of the Horizons season pass for the game. Puny season-pass-less mortals will have to be happy with the base game being updated to version 1.8. This includes the option of naming your own ship with a special system in place which should resolve problems such as players naming their ship ZOMG-Flappy-Buttock-Figther and other similarly creative ideas.
The patch notes are a lengthy read and Frontier Developments definitely haven't been idle since the last update. You can have a look at the full ist of changes on the official forums.