Frontier is firing up the beta thrusters for the Elite: Dangerous Mac client this week, with a select few commanders being chosen for the rocky space flight. There's also a tease for the "biggest update so far" for the space sim.
The Powerplay update will be detailed in "around three weeks' time," and includes a "new method of interaction" in the game, and features AI-controlled drones for loot scavenging, mining and fuelling.
"We know you’re all excited to learn the details and there will be a big announcement in around three weeks’ time. I can say that it will include a new method of interaction in the galaxy," posted the studio.
"Collection drones will be added and will prove useful for pirates needing to gather cargo in a hurry and also to improve mining efficiency. Players will also be able to transfer fuel using the fuel transfer drones so players can act as buddy tankers for each other."
"The collection drones have two modes of operation. The first is a targeted mode where you select something to collect and fire the drone which then collects the cargo or mining chunk and returns it to the ship – make sure that your cargo door is open! This will consume the drone."
"There’s also an area collection mode so when fired without a target the drone will collect what it can within a radius before it expires."
Check out the full forum post for more on the Elite: Dangerous Mac client beta.