Elite: Dangerous, the gorgeous looking space ship game from Frontier Developments, has entered Alpha 3.0. Now that combat has been successfully tested in previous alpha stages, Alpha 3.0 allows Kickstarter backers and those who have bought the game at the alpha stage to try out docking, “an early version of hyperspace jumps between multiple locations,” and ship outfitting.

Upgrading the ship can be done with a variety of weapon upgrades, along with modules such as heat sinks and cargo scanners. Players can also repair the ship which makes combat a risk/reward proposition, since repairs are cheaper than buying a new ship. Thus, players will need to make split second decisions on when pull back from battle. 

Of course, all of this means nothing to you if you haven’t joined the alpha or backed the game, so here is a video about docking that lets us know that the future can even make parking seem cool.

Players can join the Alpha now by visiting the Elite: Dangerous store at http://elite.frontier.co.uk.  Joining the Alpha now also gives players automatic access to all major downloadable expansion packs after the game’s release. Elite: Dangerous does not have a set release date but is expected to be released later in 2014.