In our Community video call with the dev team we promised you new Cockpits with upgraded functionalities for your vessels. So, let’s go to the Docks at the Port and check out our ship for a preview tour…
The Docks are the place to view all the private ships arriving at the station you’re currently on. With our Captains in mind, the focus at the Docks is on their local fleet, with a clean overview of basic stats, and of course the ability to onboard.
The new interface is streamlined with familiar visuals from your character’s stats: with circles framing the icons for life support, hull, engines and fuel – all indicating percentages.
What’s more, you may also inspect other Citizens’ ships and access basic information about each vessel.
Enter Your Ship for total Control
Entering your ship leads to the brand new Cockpit interface.
Captains! All actions are now initiated from onboard your ship, such as planning flight paths, installing or accessing your ship’s storage, entering the storage management of your CORETECHS, ship patch ups or tune-ups (formerly refurbishing), refueling (a function previously performed at the Docks), training Intelligence, and the new option to check fuel prices (see below).
The interface onboard your ship differs based on ship type. Pictured above is a Mantis class private cruiser without storage. Pictured below is a private shuttle with some storage installed.
Onboard your vessel you’ll also be able to access additional details and unit stats, such as the total flight time. Simply click on the ship class found below the unit’s name to open a popup.
Captains in Action
Enjoy more flexibility for all actions, such as boarding your ship while refueling, during tune ups, or while installing storage.
Most actions can be performed onboard when your ship is docked. You now have the freedom to plan a journey; install or access your ship’s storage as well as your CORETECHS’ Item Management; all whist training intelligence. Patch up, tune up and refuel -and check fuel prices while you do so!
You may now pay for refuels directly from the safety of your bank account, avoiding the risk of being robbed while in transit between the bank and your vessel.
Add storage to your ship at the Docks, undoubtedly the most comfortable way to transport your goods without the services of the Shipping Bay.
Want to improve your Intelligence from the comfort of your cockpit, safe and secure from hostile attacks? Captains benefit from this onboard option, whether in mid-flight or docked. Read a book at your leisure and activate a learning enhancer to boost your Intelligence training.
Self-repairs via Patch Up
Captains can now execute patch-ups and self-repair damage up to 75%, 80% or 85% max, depending on your skills. You can start the self-repair inside your ship while being at the Docks.
This special action will require your constant attention though and you’ll be on your own, as you’ll be confined while patching up your ship. During the repair, you can still train your Intelligence, check flight destinations and fuel prices.
Repair Service: Tune Up
The tune-up option for your vessel, formerly known as a refurbish, provides 100% repair while reducing the chance of damage. This service is offered at the Docks and in contrast to self-repair, you can disembark your ship while paid technicians continue their work.
Traveling: Plan Journey & Traveling
You’re the Captain: decide where to go and when, whether a nearby station or a Jump Gate in order to visit other systems.
While in flight you can prepare for arrival at your destination by checking in on details and news about a station. You also have access to the archive, blogs, including the personal diaries of other adventurers, improving your knowledge of the Tau Station universe.
You may even see a new animation while traveling, if the option to view animations is activated in your preferences.
More options for Refueling
A new functionality has been integrated into your Cockpit at the request of the Community, providing flexible refueling to reflect local price changes.
New: Checking Fuel Prices
We know how important fuel prices and market fluctuations are to you. A new option allows you to view fuel prices on current system stations when docked, and those in the destination system when flying, optimizing planning and expenditure. Options will be further expanded in the future.
Captains, the update is near, let us know what you think!
Your Tau Station team