Frontier clears up info about the upcoming plans – revealing nothing
Recent news surrounding plans for the „New Era“ of Elite weren't well received by the community and some questions arose. Frontier made a follow-up post, once again – not revealing much.
As previously posted, Frontier announced that there will be no major updates for Elite: Dangerous until the late 2020. Naturally, the news wasn’t received well so Will Flanagan, the community manager, made a follow up post talking about the subject a bit more…
I just wanted to clarify some of the queries and concerns that were raised in this thread. Some of this is covered in the OP, and it's worth mentioning that we'll have more news and information to follow about upcoming content in the future.
What does 'The Next Era' contain?
The Next Era update will be in-game content and, as we've said previously, as development progresses, we will share more news and announcements on features, as well as timelines regarding this upcoming content for Elite.
Future updates – what’s the plan? No major update until the latter end of 2020?
As we said in the OP, we will still be making updates to Elite Dangerous on a 3-4 month cycle. These updates will initially focus on new player and welcoming experiences, as well as a number of QoL improvements for all players - and we'll be announcing what the first update will include in the coming weeks. We'll also be detailing more information about the upcoming development-supported events in the near future.
Our commitment to squashing bugs hasn't ended, and we're going to be implementing a new bug report system. As we have mentioned previously, the new bug tracking website will make the bug reporting process easier, better, and more manageable! You will be able to log issues as you're used to, and the community will be able to vote on your issue. This will consider it confirmed and in that way we can put more focus into accurately examining the highest ranked issues.
We hear your concerns and feedback on Powerplay in and outside of this thread. We'll be evaluating and looking into some of the proposed solutions Sandro detailed in his post here. This is an on-going investigation and nothing is confirmed at the moment, but rest assured that we will let you know when we have updates regarding this.
Ice Planets and Fleet Carriers
Both Ice Planets and Fleet Carriers are still planned for the development road-map, and we'll be able to share more information with you in the future.
The Next Era content will be paid for content and LEP owners will receive it as part of their pass. We don't have anything to announce regarding any additional LEP content at the moment.
Thank you for all the feedback you've provided so far. Keep it coming, we'll be reading!
The way this has been worded, indicates that the player owned carriers and the ice planet visual overhaul (that was scheduled for Q4 2018) is either still in development or hasn’t even started since Frontier is still not ready to talk about any of the upcoming features – instead, we’ll know more details “in the future”, until the said features remain in their dev road-map.
Also, it looks like the life-time pass owners will get nothing for their money until the actual “New era” patch becomes available since Will clearly said that they have nothing else to announce at this point.
Now, it’s obvious that development takes time – especially when it comes to a AAA title with online gameplay, but getting extremely scarce updates that literally say nothing about the upcoming features has become a standard for Frontier over the years and it’s really starting to get tiresome.