Elite Dangerous: Horizons is on the verge of a major patch as Update 2.3 beta is set to launch on February 27th. The team notes they still have a few things to iron out, but they believe it will be ready by then, and cannot wait for people to check it out.
But they also recall many of the updates and news that they have made this past week, and thus in their latest newsletter, outlined what happened in this week of Elite Dangerous.
First off, the team revealed how the new planets found around Trappist-1 (the dwarf star around which were found seven planets within the Goldilocks zone) will affect the game. CEO David Braben noted that the recent announcement of the discovery of the Trappist 1 system was very exciting because technically, Elite Dangerous had already filled this part of space using its procedurally generated game engine. There wasn’t much detail about Trappist-1 at the time. With this new discovery, the team was happy to make a small tweak so that the game would better mimic our own universe, even renaming the star Trappist-1. Another case of art imitating life. The best part is that these tweaks will be available in the upcoming beta.
The team also reminded players that on March 23rd, at 10 am GMT, the 3rd Annual Voyager Challenge will begin. This is an endurance race from Qauthai HV-G C10-3 to the Lyulka Beacon using stock modules ships.
Between the changes in the real world and the updates and events that are coming to the game, Elite Dangerous: Horizons is set for players to have many long gaming sessions. Although, the devs advise that you should play with moderation. Even a captain needs to sleep.