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Elite Dangerous newsletter focuses on algorithmic space stations

Jef Reahard
09.06.13
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Elite Dangerous' 11th newsletter likely hit your inbox this afternoon. In case it didn't, or in case it tripped over your spam filter, allow me to summarize.

Much of the focus is on the sci-fi sandbox title's space stations. The dev team at Frontier is keen on variation, of course, so Elite "will be using procedural algorithms to to construct stations out of a range of modular assets." This approach will also allow players to see stations change over time "in response to player-driven events." There are also plans for game-driven station construction via the event system, which would generate missions for players, "allowing you to help or hinder the progress of a station."

Frontier currently has plans for different station types (mining bases, shipyards, pirate bases, etc.), as well as numerous sub-modules that make up each type. There's a lot more to the letter, so be sure and give it a read via the links below.

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