Star Citizen’s Around the Verse deep-dives the Banu, begins referral contest starring Star Kitten

Still reeling over the last Star Citizen infodump? You’re getting a breather with this week’s Around the Verse as the bulk of it is centered on… lore. Specifically, the Banu, one of the alien groups in the game initially based on elements of Persian culture and the first to make contact with humans. There’s also a check-in with the Los Angeles team (recently expanded to 74 peeps); they’ve been working on ship temperature and cooling systems, the game’s control manager, shopping systems, character gear, and the Anvil Terrapin.

But the best bit is the studio’s new referral program contest, which aims to entice followers to bring in new players and backers in return for a chance to everything from a free trip to this year’s Gamescom in Germany to Star Kitten-themed in-game merch. Star Kitten, by the way, appears to be an in-lore knock-off of Hello Kitty, so expect to see her everywhere.

Source: Official site, Relay, press release. Cheers, Cotic.
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chachwagon
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This referral program is great for Star Citizen and its backers. Keep in mind, there have already been a number of new packages bought from referrals, and the chances you could get a refund right now are higher than slow periods of the past.

If you didn’t know you could get a refund, check out r/starcitizen_refunds on reddit.

If you love the game, by all means, spend more money on ships and get more people involved. If you’re thinking about pulling out and waiting to see if the game actually gets made, it’s still possible to get a refund. If the company goes under it is highly unlikely you’ll see a dollar back.

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Joe Blobers

Congrats Chachwagon for suggesting 3 times in 7 sentences to get a refund before it is too late :)

Problem, there is exactly zero risk of this project going south :)

However Readers also have to be informed that the project is doing very well for a kickstarter ending end of nov 2012 with a team of 12 and 6 M$.

4 Years and 5 months later, the current trend is still 2M$ per month during a pretty flat period with no special event (=24M$ per year) and more important, backers do have a schedule for the full year, dynamically updated weekly as well as a very informative ATV (Around The Verse) show done each Friday that provided great insight.

SQ42 Chapter 1 is expected around mid-2018 (schedule to be officially provided by CIG later this year) and Star Citizen MMO is receiving more love and contents every quarter (expect Beta by end 2018).
The all project is financially healthy, technically up to date with a team of very talented artists and developers, with a massive flow of cash upcoming with SQ42 together with monthly new bachers pledges (+500.000 as of today).

SC Community is here to build something never done… and it is coming pretty fast for those joining now :)

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Armsbend

I wonder how much more Star Citizen money Robert’s needs to fund his next try at Hollywood. He has got to be getting close to his goal right?

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Joe Blobers

In 2017, the team is +370. It was stated since the scope change that SQ42 will have more chapters ans Star Citizen as an MMO… will never stop unless people do not support it.

Those sale are not cash grabing to let CR buy an island in pacific but just like any responsible manager, do anticipate a year or two ahead.

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oldandgrumpy

Well running dry is it.

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Martinez

Meh, Its not any different from PIPS soda( Pepsi) Big Benny’s noodles ( Instant Ramen/ Cup O Noodles). Its not something that your going to see everywhere just another part of the universe. Its not meant to bring in more female players anymore then the Brony stuff on the official forums does ( there is an actual Brony ORG in game right now), and REAL Hello Kitty themed ships have been a thing that players have created themselves, hell I remember a Hello kitty theme for World of Tanks Mod on this very site. For me its a lot of meh, if you get one cool if you don’t..meh seems like most people don’t want it anyways. And for the people who seem to think there will be some legal issues Hello Kitty doesn’t care as long as its not something they are selling all the time this is a limited edition prize you get and cannot buy, in a genre they don’t do business in. i do agree with this being a little too early to be doing the referrals they should at least wait till 3.0 is out and there a lot more stuff for people to do.

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deekay_plus

https://as.reddit.com/r/starcitizen/comments/66qrlc/cig_your_marketing_is_too_far_ahead_of_itself/ this is a pretty good thread on the topic of this whole mess. i’ve only read the first two comment threads but really hits the nail on the head (and if you want to know why i’ve been so critical of the game the past year or two, well read this thread becuase i’m not doing it out of hate for the game despite what some may think)

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Joe Blobers

We could copy/paste others thread that say the opposite or emphasis others part of the game development. However, the thread question is good. Asking a question does not mean OP is right, just “what if?”
Another question would be: does CIG can stop gathering pledge to support current +370 team? I would say no.
Can they improve the first backer experience? Yes they could. Well so are they going to do it? Not sure as indeed, the current status of Alpha is spread away and beside a few not reasing what they pay for, those joining now are massively aware of the current status.
Also we are not at 10 years away froms SQ42 but more like a year. SC as an MMO will be growing through big patch till at least end of 2018 or 2019 so the messahge could be: if you want to play a finish game (Chapter 1 adventure) go for SQ42.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

actually rabid fanboys pushing referall codes rouintely massively misrepresent the current state of the game and are incredibly hostile to anyone who sets the record straight.

even free trials are counterproductive as it’s a guaranteed negative first impression when first impressions are critical for video games. i mean how many hundreds of millions of people have played wow not liked it for some reason and uninstalled within 15 minutes?

star citizen doesn’t even have that level of draw of general interest to make the effort to download to begin with, so all hard selling referal program contest is going to do is embitter people who feel duped by these referal code commision sales men into buying the game in it’s current state.

as for sq42 they said they were less than a year away a year ago. so we’ll see it when we see it instead of pushing timelines that will more than likely be failed to be met yet again for the nth time.

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Joe Blobers

I tried EVE when it was with free trial then years later when it is free… I de-installed it twice. Not for me. However 10 or hundred thousands people are playing it regularly or casually.
Mass Effect trilogy captured more people with a mix of space opera/FPS/RPG. I was one of them and enjoyed it.
SQ42 if done right for many, will bring as much people as ME (I think). MMO will bring the them people or others. The principal is to get quality and a solid base of players. No need to get 10 millions. A million or 2, microtransaction + DLC will do the job to cover costs.

This is absolutely achievable. Again the next 12 months are going to be key to solidify this base and let keep many waiting for full release and individual/game site feedback.
Referall is indeed a double edge sword on every project not mature enough to be decribed as ready for the mass. Those not interested by pew-pew won’t even care. Those already aware are either in or at the fence. Those unaware… should first check project status prior to throw any $.
I doubt referall bring that much people. ATV’s and free advertising done by many more sites will do much more. We start to see more sites, which follow game at a good distance, share info or link to SC or even Wing Commander.

Fact is too many people are expecting a game to be in ready to play to full extend day one or with a patch or two during the first 6 months… not really to jump in Alpha game status.
The MOTO for every one gamers should be: “Read the fuc…. manual” first :)

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Crow

You’re no shrill. Apologies for that, sincerely.

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Melissa McDonald

I actually enjoyed the /pizza feature in EverQuest 2. Dominoes would bring you food while you gamed :D

Estranged
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Estranged

Amway will be next. Can sell virtual toilet paper and body wash for those LONG trips.

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Joe Blobers

Merchandising is a great source of revenues for many companies. I won’t buy toilet paper but a mug, T-shirt or cap… why not?

Estranged
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Estranged

Joe – at least the overpriced hat should be shipped and in hand quickly.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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miol
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miol

How were you possibly able to give moving lighting accordingly to the added parts?! o.O

We’re not worthy! /bow

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Schlag Sweetleaf
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Sixuality

Star Kitten is the best thing I’ve seen come out of SC in a long time.
I’m serious.
The culture – or cult – surrounding SC has always given me the impression of being agonizingly serious and No Fun. This reminds me of the pink Uzis in Fallen Earth. They’re fun too.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

it’s a bit too lol memes in the same way deadpool can be. but i thought it was cute at least, if overly 4th wall breaking. but there are others that are just as bad as noted just below :P

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Space Captain Zor

Only thing I don’t like about Star Kitten is how self conscious it is that it’s in Star Citizen, unlike their other in-game brands. I’m sure it’s Deadpool approved, though.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

i actually thought the stupid space bike thing was cute enough to maybe put effort into getting because i misheard in the video that it would only take 1 referal to get. but then i saw it takes 10 and not going to annoy my friends with that shit for it.

but yeah this is probably their worst 4th wall breaker so far, the others haven’t been nearly as jarring barring eaelctronic access and the AMD mustang.