Distant Worlds 3 ???

The DW team are back together and have been discussing a few early ideas on what another event could be about, but that's all.

There's no other news until Frontier reveal what the new era content update is about. Until then its all speculation with no guarantee that there'll be a DW3. 🤐
As long as its not Beagle Point again.

If FCs are interesting and indeed do have ranges of 500 LY, then i see potential there for a Distant Worlds based around reaching previously unreachable systems. Perhaps along the top, bottom or edges of the galaxy.

I got a PM from someone last month whose still on his way home from DW1 :oops:. He'd been tootling around the galaxy for 4 years and hasn't docked at a station since DW1's launch back in January 2016 !

That's some serious exploration devotion. Or they got lost on the way back. It's one of the two :D

I got a PM from someone last month whose still on his way home from DW1 :oops:. He'd been tootling around the galaxy for 4 years and hasn't docked at a station since DW1's launch back in January 2016 !

You did a bit of that yourself due to that cracked canopy before DW1, iirc.

Just patched and took off from Beagle 2 a little bit ago. Think I'll take a leisurely jaunt down the Sagittarius-Carina Arm for the route home.
Hey, everyone!
New commander here, been playing for about 2 weeks now and counting

I've been skimming through events and I see people still doing Distant Worlds? I can't really tell if it's just joking around or a real thing.

Is it possible to participate in Distant Worlds now?
This is seriously possibly the best feature of the game, it's a shame you should do deep digging around to find it, after purchasing the game.
Welcome to Elite Arkendight. Distant Worlds 2 ended last year but there may still be some stragglers left out there on their way home. There may be a Distant Worlds 3 expedition too in the near future, but it will depend on what content comes to Elite in the next big update later this year.

If DW3 happens, we'll announce it on this sub forum, on twitter, and I'm sure Frontier may mention it too, when/if the time comes :)

In the meantime, yes you can still go follow the old DW1 and DW2 routes if you want to go and see the sights, but the official expedition is over so there won't be any support or rewards on offer now.
Hey, thanks for the reply!

I'm very much looking forward to continuation of these space voyages.
It's probably a good turn of events for me, since I can prepare for the upcoming content and be a fully-fledged member of the expedition by then.

How can a participant help in organizing the event?
Is it RP intensive?

Final update on this; June 13th 2021...

I was asked to clarify whether (and when) there will be another Distant Worlds expedition, and where the team stand in regards to the Odyssey content update.

It is currently postponed indefinitely, more accurately, the planning of it is.

There are around 40 people in the Distant Worlds organisation team, many of them were there right at the beginning for the first one (DW1), back in 2016, and many more who joined to help put DW2 together three years later, and new people who joined the team as recently as 2020. The team is made up of content creators from all sorts of different community initiatives, from EDSM, the DSSA, Hull Seals, Rock Rats, CoR, the GMP, FleetComm, ED Streamers, and Fuel Rats, as well as individual organisers from some large non-DW related expeditions too. Even Drew Wagar joined, and is standing by to write the narrative for it.

Distant Worlds events are a large community effort, they take a lot of time to put together, and its a big sacrifice of peoples spare time once they commit to the project. For example DW1 took 5 months planning, whereas DW2 took twice that. So for another DW event to occur, the majority of that team (who put their heart and soul into the previous ones) need to be as active and passionate about the game today, as they were back when they worked on #1 & #2, or their own community initiatives they've been responsible for creating or overseeing in the past.

We already have some great ideas for DW3, utilising the new content, and building upon the legacy of the other expeditions. Yet none of those ideas require anything from Frontier, except the possibility of a CG if they see merit in it (its not crucial to the event if there isn't one), as well as the opportunity to have Frontier oversee any merchandising people do for it, so proceeds generated go solely to a charity Fdev sponsors. This latter point is an important one for this team, as we feel that if a DW3 event got even half the publicity and participation as the previous one did, its possible that it could do a lot of good outside of Elite, as well as bringing a lot of memorable times and creativity to the people who take part in it.

At the moment (June 2021), and with the way things are in Elite (and likely to be for the foreseeable future), lots of the team are on a prolonged hiatus from the game, some will drift away for good (some already did), and new people will come and go. But if enough of them aren't committed or feel as though the timing for the next one is no longer right, the plans that were drafted for the Odyssey DLC release will remain on the drawing board, indefinitely. We won't ever attempt a half-hearted event from a team that's currently lost its confidence in, as well as passion for, the game.

If and when that changes, there may still be a DW3 event sometime in the future, possibly even with new people spearheading it. But for the time being, the overwhelming consensus was to postpone the planning stage indefinitely, as there are too many unknowns with Elite at the moment, none less so than with the planetary tech - aspects of which are indeed pretty stunning, but ultimately may or may not be subject to more changes throughout 2021, and again when EDO comes to the console. And as anyone who was around for the first two know, the locations we select as meetup points are the backbone of the expedition.

In the mean time there are always new expeditions popping up in Elite. Just check the expeditions page on EDSM to see whose doing what. Some of them are events that individual members of the DW team are organizing themselves, so if there isn't a DW3 for the foreseeable future, there will always be other events to take part in. We hope people will support them as much as they supported the Distant Worlds events of the past.


(Updated Nov. 2020)

To bring you up to speed..

Over the past year or so, the Distant Worlds organisers have written up a 65-page proposal document for DW3 and have shared these ideas with Frontier. This expedition, if it goes ahead, will be one of the most ambitious and creative community-written events Elite Dangerous has seen to date. It'll encompass many different in-game features using existing gameplay and assets, as well as the new era content. None of the proposal will rely on anything specific or new to Elite that isn't already in the game, although we would welcome the opportunity to include a community goal, possibly at the beginning of the journey, and of course only if Frontier feel it has any merit.

There's also been discussions with one of the official Elite Dangerous authors to write a whole backstory for DW3 to play out against, with story-based events and quests for players to get wrapped up in during the journey if they like. This will add a new dimension to Distant Worlds, one we're very excited about as a story-based and more visceral experience is something we felt was missing from DW2.

However, Odyssey v1.0 is primarily aimed at combat gameplay, and truth be told, very little of it is geared toward exploration within the wider galactic environment that deep space expeditions play out against. And despite the proposal we've drafted, and the varied gameplay features and roles we've incorporated into these large scale community events in the past, we want DW3's primary focus to once again be on deep space exploration - and especially planetside exploration on the new revamped worlds that the Odyssey series is bringing to Elite. For this reason we want to hold on to the proposal we've drafted until more exploration-related gameplay and discoverable content is added to later Odyssey updates further down the line.

The DW organisation team are regularly asked when is the next adventure happening, so we know there's a desire to go again, but the timing needs to be right. These events take a lot of time and effort to create and oversee, and they won't get off the drawing board until we feel there is something for explorers to build an event around.. something more than looking for fauna, or the novelty of seeing new surface vistas on tenuous atmospheric worlds.

TL/DR.. Distant Worlds 3 will only happen when the timing is right, and only if Frontier have plans to flesh out exploration with new ideas and content during the Odyssey season.

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"Atmospheric landings and carriers would have been a bare minimum to warrant the work for a DW3" / quote

Frontier have revealed its only tenuous atmospheres, and they be like different coloured sky hues, not actual atmospheres with all the things we have come to imagine. sigh- frontier - sigh
So I guess dw3 is a no go for now?
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