It's the first in the series that will be expanded with walking around known as space legs. The subtitle "Dangerous" refers to the 3rd best Elite Rating you could achieve during combat in the Elite games.Elite is the longest running space simulation series in history. In the new game it has been expanded to include more than combat.
These can earn you both credits and status within the faction you are working for, whether it is a disreputable criminal group or the Federation or Empire themselves.
Just like in all the previous Elite games, you are not fixed to a specific role like in a traditional roleplaying game: there are no skillpoints that directly affect the way your avatar performs.
My specialism for this project has mostly been full-scene things, like updating our lighting model to a “physically based” system. It's worth mentioning though that PBR isn't a one-size-fits-all solution as much as it's the start of a discussion that could probably occupy someone for their entire career - kind of like the way "High Dynamic Range" was quickly adopted by everyone years ago but people are still arguing over the fine details!
Yes, the modules all have a position in or on the ship, and some calculations are done based on your armour to decide if there's any penetration at all (which gets more likely as your armour gets beaten up), then how far it's likely to penetrate and which modules are along the path of that penetration and might take damage (there's several more subtle rules, but that's the broad strokes). You can use the Galaxy Map to navigate through the Milky Way galaxy.
The System Map displays a system's layout and information.
Most of the action will take place within the human populated core systems of the major factions. It's where powers compete for influence, resources, territory and control.
It inspired the creation of many space games, new game genres and the creation of the "Grand Theft Auto (GTA)" series.
Elite Dangerous is set in the same fictional universe called the Elite Universe.
The Elite Dangerous page on this wiki has more information. It will be expanded with ambitious features such as Atmospheric Landings and on-foot and out-of-ship activities also known as Space Legs.