Hi guys, For those who haven't seen the newsletter yet, or haven't realised it was delivered a day early, here's a round-up of features being added in Beta 3.9: Federation, Empire and Alliance all in game. You can rank up to Elite via trading and Exploration as well as combat. (bottom ranks for each are Penniless and Aimless, thought they were funny) You can gain ranks with the Federation and the Empire as you work on their behalf. Larger richness of missions (more of this to come up to launch apparently. Overhaul of unidentified signal sources, they are now "well worth checking out". You can now barter with other players in deep space, by transferring non-stolen goods to them. Ship outfitting and Galaxy map have both had major overhauls. (Galaxy map definitely needed it) Open-mic voice communications between up to 6 players in a group has been added. Weirdly it sounds like there are more features coming when it goes into gamma....in two days time, odd, but never mind. There is a confirmed wipe for gamma but it's unknown if this will preserve your wealth or not. Not sure about a wipe for this update, it seems a bit pointless for the two days, but who knows, from personal experience as a programmer I know have controlled data in rather than all sorts of random configurations makes updates easier. I will post a full review of the patch notes with highlights once they release them. If anyone has yet to buy this game but is tempted, you have two days to buy into the beta (and gamma) else you'll have to wait until next month (16th) to play. Also if you decide to pre-order the full game it's £5 cheaper at the moment and you get the mercenary pack, not sure if this will end on Saturday or not.