Elite: Dangerous is getting a major update called Powerplay, which will add faction gameplay to the space simulator, developer Frontier Developments has announced.
Each faction, or “Power,” is an organization that controls a section of human-occupied space. Each is led by a different figurehead, and comes with a different biography, political leaning, and faction-specific perks.
“When Powerplay launches, you’ll be able to ally yourself with any one of a number of galactic Powers, earning valuable perks, reputation bonuses and credits for your allegiance,” Frontier Developments said. “As a trusted ally of your chosen Power, you will be able to guide their strategy, take on special objectives to advance your shared cause, and dominate human space. Your choices and actions will have a direct and visible impact on the balance of galactic power.”
Players who prefer combat might want to join aggressive Powers with combat missions, while players who prefer trading could join a Power looking to expand its trade monopoly. Players who prefer to fly alone don’t have to join any faction and remain free agent.
Frontier Developments said the initial selection of factions will rise to a maximum of twenty, but that players will eventually have a hand in creating new powers, as minor local forces establish a foothold in a handful of systems.
You can read about the update in much greater detail here.
Like the previous Wings update, the Powerplay update will be free when it’s released next month.