A new Elite Dangerous patch debuted early Tuesday morning, just a couple of days after the community made first contact with unidentified alien vessels, featuring dozens of changes and backend tweaks for Frontier Developments’ popular space sim. And we’re confident we aren’t the only ones excited about the changes outlined in the Elite Dangerous 2.2.03 patch notes.

Changes in this week’s update run the gamut, from improved ship hulls to Powerplay tweaks, and there are even some new Engineer recipes for pilots who bought Elite Dangerous: Horizons. Many of the game’s existing recipes have also been modified, some nerfed and others improved, and Elite Dangerous 2.2.03 even makes shields more effective, particularly in larger vessels. A new mission type, calling for the excavation of ancient ruins, joins the growing pool of tasks players can accept when docked.

Like many interim updates, Elite Dangerous 2.2.03 also includes its fair share of stability fixes and backend changes. Players who weren’t being properly warned of nearby ships should no longer have that issue. The patch also fixes a pair of bugs relating to hyperspace travel, caused by the game’s autosave system and the occasional connection failure, along with some issues that only affect the Xbox One community. Unfortunately, there didn’t appear to be any changes related to the community’s recent contact with unidentified vessels that many players believe to be Thargoid scout ships.

For more on what’s changed in Elite Dangerous 2.2.03, head over the official ED forums to see the full eight-page list of changes in the latest patch. Then head down to the comments section and let us know what you think of the changes in this week’s update.

Elite Dangerous is currently available for download on PC and Xbox One. The base game, and the Elite Dangerous: Horizons expansion content, will make the jump to PS4 later this year.

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