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Elite: Dangerous is getting fleet carriers but they cost billions of credits

By Tim Augustin - on 30 Mar 2020, 6:16pm

Elite: Dangerous is getting fleet carriers, but they cost billions of credits

Image: Frontier Developments

Space, the final frontier. 

Elite: Dangerous players just got another reason to stay at home - fleet carriers! The space flight simulation game is getting new starships capable of holding entire other ships and travelling across star systems at the same time. These fleet carriers will enter the game via beta testing on April 7 for PC, and then a second beta phase in May for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms. They will officially launch in-game in June

According to a news release from Frontier Developments:

The most expensive investment to date and costing 5,000,000,000 credits, Fleet Carriers are individually owned and contain 16 landing pads of varying sizes for other players to dock their starships in, with a galaxy-spanning jump range of 500 light years.  

Jeez, that’s expensive. Some would argue they’re worth it, however. New services will become available with these fleet carriers, plus player-to-player commerce. You can actually set tariffs on the stuff you sell from your Carrier, and you’ll have to to support the costs of maintaining the massive beast of a spaceship. A new source of fuel will also be introduced to power these ships - Tritium

Image: Frontier Developments

A Frontier livestream will take place on April 3 at 1am (Singapore time), showing off further details on these ships and their gameplay.