Star Citizen’s alpha 3.0 is now playable by all backers

Is it ready? Probably not, but Star Citizen backers can all play the 3.0 alpha today anyway.

“We’ve enabled all backers to participate in the current PTU build,” CIG announced this morning to Spectrum forumgoers. “If you have a game package, you can follow these instructions to test 3.0!”

The Around the Verse “holiday special” Twitch stream was rescheduled from yesterday to today at 3 p.m. EST thanks to technical issues; you can watch it down below for the Star Citizen recap and Squadron 42 status report.

Source: Spectrum. With thanks to BDJ.
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knecht_rootrecht

Weird that just a delay of the stream made it big news, but not the stream itself.

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roo woods

Quite a nice Christmas present for the backers but isn’t it a year late ?

Oh well better late than never .

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Oleg Chebeneev

Another big milestone for Star Citizen. This with new Squadron 42 footage, haters are suddenly quiet

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Fisty

Consider this skeptic more convinced.

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Jeff Weideman

Minus being buggy 3.0 is pure “pinch one’s self” fantastic. I love just going onto Daymar and just walking the cliffs and viewing the vistas. Their planet tech is far beyond anyone else’s.

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Armsbend

Sounds like the 2nd stream went pretty well. No snags.

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deekay_plus

it was prerecorded so i’m not sure why there was a delay in the first place.

we group watched it in irc and we all got confused by the plot or lack there of and why the “player” was doing what he was doing. it was also apparent that the “player” knew exactly where to go and what to do without having any in game cues to guide him at various points.

we also noted the idris interior is very confusing to get around in, but someone mentioned that they had mentioned they are aware of that and looking to improve guidance cues.

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Cyclone Jack

My guess is that they were wanting to get the scanning and radar stuff in there, but it just wasn’t ready enough. Either that, or they literally had some random technical problems and were unable to stream it as planned.

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Lethality

It’s an incredible experience that delivers things even in this early state no other game has.

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Solaris

My experience in 3.0 has been fairly remarkable.

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deekay_plus

really none of my friends that got access today can even get in for more than 5 minutes.

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Koshelkin

Shouldn’t it be 0.3? 3.0 sounds like they actually finished some fundamental work already which is, from what I’ve seen, not the case.

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Ken from Chicago

Because it’s the *Alpha* 3.0. It’s not even in Beta. It’s not the usual “let’s call it ‘beta’ forever” deal.

There are significant upgrades in alpha 3.0 vs alpha 2.x (eg, permanence so you log in where you log out and you can keep your inventory, delta patcher *finally* only downloads changes in the game instead of the whole game, a number of vehicles are playable in-game and there are npcs now, etc.)

Chris Roberts’s ambition (some would say megalomaniacal obsession with realism) for the game will ensure there are lot of smoothing out bugs and errors, even things most players don’t notice (eg, early on insisting that 1st person POV is from your head’s height instead of usual chest height so 1st person POV matches 3rd person POV). I’m sure Chris was wincing when the knife and pistol obtained from the ship’s supplier each just appeared in the player’s hand instead of picking each up.

While he may not be deep level coder, Chris obsesses over how things should look, feel and function in the game. This is definitely an alpha stage of the game to him.

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deekay_plus

(eg, permanence so you log in where you log out and you can keep your inventory,

you kept your inventory between sessions before 3.0.

you still don’t log back in where you logged out unless you log out in bed and log into the same “instance” as you logged out from. otherwise you spawn back at port ollisar or levski or grim hex depending on certain variables and conditions.

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primal

not really. you can use alpha 3 and its fine. 3.0 is a ton of fundamental work tbh

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shear

So much traversal omg I mean yes the game is gorgeous but it’s a little too much fluff and not enough action for my taste. I hope they were just making a point in this video that this is all seamless.

The protagonist’s voice is horrible. He sounds so uninterested in everything. I hate listening to it. Everyone else is top notch though.

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GoJammit

I guess they have call of duty for that? I don’t know, I thought it was great that you’re in this giant ship. Anyway, watching BadNewsBaron during the stream, he pointed out that quite a bit of that planet stuff could have been skipped. They were showing it off.

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Jeff Weideman

“too much fluff and not enough action for my taste. ”

This is a Sandbox MMO not Themepark. Look for WoW to fill your needs.

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shear

SQ42 is a sandbox MMO?

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Space Captain Zor

I have to agree the player voice was terrible 90% of the time. That, and, we don’t need to hear him speak the “thought” before you pick one, it just sounded weirder than they are intending.

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deekay_plus

that bothered me too lol. especially since when you select something it says something different than the text/voiced thought.

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GoJammit

A call back to the old wing comander games. That’s just how they did it. I could probably do without it. On the other hand, there’s been plenty of time that’s i chose wrong in Mass Effect, because there was no inflection in the choice and it turned out opposite effect.

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Jeff Weideman

That is in SQ42 so far only, and I bet can be turned off as well.

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primal

well you have to take the slow parts with the fast paced parts. was alot of traversal but itll feel different when your actually playing it, like more looking around going oooo. That planet Odin though omg it looked mind blowing staring at it through that wreckage, thats defo a reason why sq42 is delayed to incorporate the planet tech and redesign the missions with that in mind.

The hologram tech looks amazing as well. Maybe your characters voice will change up later on

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GoJammit

The delay for the planet tech is something I have a big problem with, assuming that is true and not just speculation. Gimme a sequel. Make that an expansion. They said more than two years ago they had finished the missions for the game and here we are, pretty as it was. Impressed as I am. Move it.

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Alberto

There several voices you can choose from.

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shear

Oh that’s good.

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deekay_plus

*someday

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PhoenixDfire

Well, Good Luck Folks, I’ll be trying to Download it over the weekend

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Jeff Weideman

I have been PTUing it since Thanksgiving and today’s build is pretty stable now. Man, I still pinch myself landing on Daymar and just sightseeing. The detail is amazing. But they have a long way to go as bugs still plague the verse.

But stick a fork in the BS about it being a scam. I spent 5 years waiting myself and glad I did.

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Danny Smith

I’m just here for the next keyboard warrior tournament, who has the popcorn? i brought Oreos!

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Melissa McDonald

you’d think they’d sell just the chocolate cookie part as a separate product… it’s great for baking.

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Zora

Twitch asking me if I want to be notified when the SC channel goes online when all I care for is the option to be notified when the game gets actually released /cough

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shear

Wow, and I was so sure they will squeeze a month or two of subscriptions out of people.

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primal

youd only need to sub, copy your account to test server then unsub and you could still access it. i cancelled my sub last month and could still play it

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deekay_plus

as of today yes. er as of today everyone who backs has access.

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primal

Yeah but my sub ran out end of November and I could still access every build and play any time after that fact so seems you don’t need to be subbed to of had access after that

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GoJammit

I dont think this has anything to do with subs. I stopped my sub years ago. I think this is anyone who has backed to any level at this point.

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deekay_plus

some people got access to ptu even without sub or concierge.

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deekay_plus

like i told you: xmas sale revenue >>>>> few extra subs.

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shear

I just didn’t think it would affect it all that much, I mean the sub did not affect the anniversary sales so I assumed they would rather get the Christmas sales money plus the sub money.

Ah well, I have been wrong before. :D

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deekay_plus

i think alot of people that were gonna spend before getting 3.0 access are spent now. so it makes sense to open up access to those that would spend more only if they could see it for themselves first hand.

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shear

What is your opinion though? Is it ready for everyone to be seen and played?

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deekay_plus

i think every one with game access should take this opportunity and time off work to see for themselves :D

(at this time i am not giving the greenlight to interested guildies without game access already tho)

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Aldristavan

Me waiting for the comments to roll in.

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Joshua Dickerson

Noice!

But kind of salty that I forgot to reinstall SC when I formatted my computer. Looks like i have some downloading to do when I get home :)

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deekay_plus

this is entirely new installation and location anyway. it doesn’t patch from 2.6 at all.

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Nathaniel Downes

Well done!

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A Dad Supreme

Happy Festivus SC backers!

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Reselect Name

Do they air this episode for the holidays? if they dont they should.

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Melissa McDonald

I reckon I will wait for some feedback before I download 40GB…

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Godnaz

Bad frame rates when more than 20 players are on a server instance. No actual gameplay aside from exploration. I’d just continue waiting..

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GoJammit

Game rates vary per machine from what i’ve seen. I watched streams where it was running plenty smooth. Not so much on mine. Also seems to be quite a bit of gameplay now. More missions than ever.

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Lethality

Not actually… the servers expanded up to 50 players now, and I can routinely (but not always) get 30-40fps. They’ve definitely done some work.

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Armsman

Then you really haven’t bothered to play it in the last few patches. A good portion of the various mission types are working and are completable – so yeah, there’s a bit more than just exploration atm.

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deekay_plus

sort of. half the time pirate npc’s are bugged and often times mission objective crates spawn below surfaces/behind geometry.

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deekay_plus

i think it’s about 30gb. getting reports of the launcher crashing on what looks like win7 from one guy. otherwise the others that have been in testing mostly say the performance is a touch better and no freezes in the current patch like we had been getting.

learning how the new systems work on the other hand is not particularly intuitive even with the oddly done tips system flashing at the bottom of the screen.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

For specific definitions of “playable.”

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Boom

Aaron, Bob & Joe im eagerly awaiting your arrival

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deekay_plus

ben looking at this joke all night and still don;t get it. you’re killing me smalls.

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Boom

lol it wasnt really a joke, more of an actual statement.
Was waiting for blobbers an co to rear their heads is all

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deekay_plus

lol i get it now :D

i heard this dk guy can be dense sometimes :D

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deekay_plus

get ready for some turbulence :D

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Armsbend

Do they have barfbags in space? I hope they patched in those toilets. They are going to be full this weekend.

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deekay_plus

we’ve been joking the past couple weeks or so about which ships have beds but no toilets and which do have toilets. XD

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