Elite: Dangerous has been updated to Alpha Phase 3.0, which adds Docking and Ship Outfitting. Players who have backed or bought Elite: Dangerous at the Alpha stage can download the update today.
Docking is an early version of hyperspace jumps between multiple locations and “ship outfitting within an iconic Coriolis space station.”
Ship upgrades include modules such as “heat sinks and cargo scanners, a variety of weapons, and extend to the repair of any damage sustained in combat.” Players are now also able to clear bounties and if they have enough credits, make purchases from the Falcon de Lacy shipyards or buy a rig such as the Cobra Mk III.
The consequences of combat now also have a price and since repairs are less expensive than purchasing a new ship players, will need to make “split second decisions on when pull back from battle.”
Elite: Dangerous launches sometime in 2014.