Star Citizen promises that Alpha 3 patches will be more predictable and regular

Now that Star Citizen’s Alpha 3.0 is finally here, the team has a high outlook for the development process going forward. In this week’s Around the Verse, RSI says that future patches will be more predictable and will come out on specific dates instead of falling behind due to feature delays.

“There was actually a lot of debate as to whether or not we should cut some of the critical foundational features from 3.0 and push them into 3.1,” said Persistent Universe Director Tony Zurovec. “But we really wanted to ensure that we got the basic skeleton for what we’re going to need for all of the evolutionary gameplay enhancements that we’re going to deliver in all of the 3.x series — 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 — on a quarterly basis next year.”

The team is still evaluating how all of the technology that went into 3.0 is functioning together, which is why Patch 3.1 is going to focus on performance and improving the reportedly low frame rates that players are seeing. Past that, Patch 3.2 is slated to receive the first iteration of mining.

Don’t have time to sit through the entire episode? Don’t fret: There’s a full transcript up on Relay to quickly skim if need be.

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Roger Melly

And they REALLY REALLY mean it this time . Honest they do .

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edangerous

Now, now, no need to be so skeptical. They will manage it just like 2016’s monthly update schedule and 2017’s quarterly update schedule, no reason to think 2018 can be any worse…

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

Quarterly Alpha Releases? Yikes. At this point they are going to start selling planet and star names for 500 bucks a pop.

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Jeff Weideman

Of if you know wtf you’re talking about you’d know they won’t be.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

i mean they sold plots of land for $50/100 a piece.

which evne on the spun version of “it only gives you UEE police protection on that land” is a major wtf in terms of are planet sides suddenly unpoliced in UEE space?

like who thought that out even? XD

edangerous
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edangerous

I think that was just a witticism, lighten up sweetheart.

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Roger Melly

Or if they see his post they will think that’s a good idea for raking in even more of their backers money .

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CovertOpsCloaking

Well with only 100 systems planned, there’s not many star names to sell.
They are selling real-estate and tanks though. So that’s something.

Estranged
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Estranged

I wish they would quit promising.

Just stop.

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Space Captain Zor

Thinking it was something I missed when I watched the video, I actually searched the transcript for that word and couldn’t find it. I get your sentiment, but, announcing a commitment and making a promise aren’t the same thing.

If CIG or any developer doesn’t communicate their plans big and small to backers they will be justifiably criticized.

Why would we then give equal criticism for communicating said plans? Just because there’s a chance the plan won’t go as planned? Or history of it happening? There may be a long history of them failing at keeping to plans but that doesn’t justify a cease and desist of their responsibility to inform of us them.

Estranged
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Estranged

Zor, a little of my usual hyperbole to make a point. They never hit a deadline. People will grow numb to it, especially given their resources.

I prefer Blizzard’s old… “when it is finished”, approach.

However, gotta hype to pull funds. I guess.

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Jeff Weideman

So you’re against their scheduled releases because they never kept their best guesses. Guess you can’t have it both ways after all. :)

Estranged
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Estranged

Jeff, there is a history of PT Barnum showmanship, so this is indeed calmer.

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Space Captain Zor

I get it, and yes, they suck at deadlines. Some people may grow numb but you very well know that if a month went buy and CIG was quiet there would be pitchforks.

Blizzard doesn’t do crowd funding.

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Totes McGoats

Alpha patches all year? I though SQ42 was coming out in 2018.

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Roger Melly

According to many backers on this website a couple of years ago SQ42 would definitely be out by the end of 2017 .

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Jeff Weideman

PU is not SQ42, they are talking PU.

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Totes McGoats

So SQ42 is being released this year? About damn time.

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Armsman

Um, no SQ42 ill most likely NOT be released this year. Yes, it’s single player, BUT it’s using the same foundational tech they are developing for the PU so that it appears to take place and have the exact same game mechanics you’ll see if/when you decide to take that character into the PU (SC MMO) proper.

They MIGHT release an episode or chapter early at some point to Backers at some point this year; but even the full SQ42 is probably two to three years away still.

backed SC back in October 2012. Do I wish it would come out/be finished sooner? You bet.

Do I understand WHY it’s taking longer than expected (I have a programming degree and have been working with Computers since 1975) based on the development info they provide? Yep.

Am I still a little disappointed? Yep

That said, baring them running out of money (they ARE effectively running it as an MMO now with all the costs that entails on top of continuing development and at this point have close tom 500 staff on payroll); or Crytek somehow prevailing and being awarded LARGE damages for the lawsuit (seems unlikely, I work in IT for a court agency and Crytek’s position seems weak, and at worst CIG will settle if it comes to that I’m sure as 95% of all Civil cases do…) – I do think they’ll have SC and SQ42 V 1.0 Retail ready around 2020 – 2021.

But, time will tell. (It will also be interesting to see if they can actually do substantial Quarterly Updates as they’ve planned, because yeah, history shows they aren’t good at keeping proposed dates.)

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Koshelkin

Quarterly? Considering that update cadence we can expect SC to go Gold around 2020?

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CovertOpsCloaking

That’s a very optimistic view considering they barely have 1 out of 100 systems promised and around 10% of the promised features implemented (and even those are barely implemented)

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Joe Blobers

With PG they can deliver thousands in a quarter with some light hands tweak here and there. ED do have Billions of stars and systems. Current phase is to building pipelines and assets.

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TheDonDude

As a techie, I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes info from Tony Z. The rest was mostly pointing out how hard they are working (which I do believe).

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silverlock

I think I’ll save myself some headaches and wait for 3.1.

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Jeff Weideman

Then you’re missing out. 3.0 is working great now.

CovertOpsCloaking
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CovertOpsCloaking

“Working great”… lol

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Jeff Weideman

Yes, even with bugs it is stable and WORKING GREAT. Now go back to your bong.

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deekay_plus

i’ve been playing sc regularly for the past 3 years until now, becuase of the gameplay breaking bugs and poor stability and other issues. my performance is great until it stutters every 10seconds for up to a full second while i’m trying to land on a planet.

the stability is great until after 10 minutes spent traveling the game suddenly takes a shit

it’s working great in general unless i log into a server with no products on store shelves or my ship won’t work randomly or i can’t open any doors or the pirate npc’s ai bugs out and become invincible or mission objective sspawn inside geometry or i randomly run out of fuel or i fall through a planet or any number of other major bugs that break gameplay happen.

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CovertOpsCloaking

So WORKING GREAT for you is constantly not being able to complete boring missions because of bugs? How about getting 15 fps EVERYWHERE?
Or how about 20minute loading times is that WORKING GREAT?
How about when the game does work, there’s fuck all to do?
What exactly is WORKING GREAT?

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Roger Melly

Wasn’t 3.0 scaled down and a year late ?

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Armsman

No, and no.

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roo woods

A trimmed-down Star Citizen 3.0 alpha is coming this summer

According to massively it was trimmed down ( which I would say is the same as being scaled down )

http://www.alphr.com/games/1005750/star-citizen-UK-release-date-rumours-and-news

And this article clearly states that 3.0 was initially meant to be out in late 2016 .

Clearly you are talking out of your posterior .

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PhoenixDfire

The launcher still doesn’t work for me. Can’t form an open minded opinion if I can’t install the Alpha.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

what version of windows are you running?

are you sure you have the live launcher and not the ptu launcher? (ptu launcher will claim to be the live version once opened).

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PhoenixDfire

Found the Issue. It was My Virgin Media HIb 3.0 Router blocking the upload. One quick change and one long download later, it was sorted. Thanks for the help

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Jeff Weideman

How’s it not working for you? Also you know CIG has support who can help.

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PhoenixDfire

Found the Issue. It was My Virgin Media Hub 3.0 Router blocking the upload. One quick change and one long download later, it was sorted. Thanks for the help

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cmdr_cotic

If they had cut any more foundational features from 3.0 they wouldn’t have had anything to push out.

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Jeff Weideman

They didn’t cut core features. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ5NhE71AQo

““There was actually a lot of debate as to whether or not we should cut some of the critical foundational features from 3.0 and push them into 3.1,” said Persistent Universe Director Tony Zurovec. “But we really wanted to ensure that we got the basic skeleton for what we’re going to need for all of the evolutionary gameplay enhancements that we’re going to deliver in all of the 3.x series — 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 — on a quarterly basis next year.”

Reading is fundamental.

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Totes McGoats

They said critical foundation features – I’m pretty sure everything non-critical got delayed.

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cmdr_cotic

Ugh not BoredGamer, why are you linking that shill?

You seem to not understand my point, the game is so bare bones that if they had cut anything there wouldn’t have been anything to deliver. The word more was left in there from an edit.

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Jeff Weideman

Ugh, not Ad Hominem. Trolls are so predictable. :)

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