Star Citizen’s Roberts on the delayed FPS module, Squadron 42 shoot

    
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Star Citizen boss Chris Roberts released a new letter from the chairman last night, in which he details his experiences directing performance capture for Squadron 42 over the past 10 weeks. “The cast we have put together for Squadron 42 would not be out of place in a major motion picture,” he says, though he doesn’t name names at this point.

On the gameplay front, he explains why the Star Marine FPS module is taking longer than expected. There are a ton of technical issues to work out, chief among which are challenges related to matchmaking and shoring up Star Citizen’s backend netcode. Roberts also says that while Star Marine has effectively been delayed for two months, the rest of the project has not since only 15 percent of Cloud Imperium’s team has been working on FPS issues.

Source: Letter from the chairman; thanks Vikingr!
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kalex716 
Well, the problem with your logic is that you’re first making a hypothesis, then trying to find arguments supporting it. That type of analysis will seldom be good.
Personally, I have no experience working in a development team spread out in different geographical areas but since Chris Roberts has done that before and do have experience with the model, I have to assume he knows what he’s doing. And, frankly, the model does seem to make sense in terms of efficiency, although it may not look like that at the moment.

I don’t agree that software development always brings technical challenges, which are many and great. It may happen, and often does, but it’s not a rule.
It’s impossible to assess what you want me to do, because I don’t
know all the details about the internal development. I’d have to be working in CIG and get the full overview to have a chance to do that. The only thing I
can do is guess, but my guess is based on long experience with software
development so it’s a qualified guess from what I can see from where I’m sitting.

I’m not worried or impatient about this project. It’s in a phase where several basic pieces are missing before you can even call it an alpha (even if CIG does call it an alpha). It’s pre-alpha. When Star Marine, Planetside/Social Module, Arena Commander 2.0 (multicrew ships), and the first part of the PU is released for us to try, THEN it’s an alpha. CIG will call it a beta then, but that’s because people today don’t know the difference between pre-alpha and alpha.
Star Citizen will be finished when it’s finished. In the mean time we’ll get pieces of it to play with, instead of having to wait until the whole game is released. I’m happy with that. I want CIG to take their time and make it excellent.

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Vikingr kalex716 Thanks for sharing. I’m sure you can agree then, that when making games, the technical challenges are many and great. I too, can attest to this as I’ve been in the games industry for almost 10 years.

Take your personal experience and extrapolate it to a game thats tring to be at least 3 full games in one, with teams working trans-globally at the same time, and how much would you exacerbate those challenges by your own professional guesstimate?

Yea, thats my point. Understatement of the decade. This project is going to be mired in technical issues for a long long long time. And thats got nothing to do with whether its even good or not.

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stkmks Darkwalker75 Vikingr 
Unless you have been posting on alt accounts then I don’t see how you are related to this discussion.

As for stretch goal, you are going to have to explain what this stretch goal you are talking about are, because there has not been a new one since $65 million over 6 months ago.

And you are going to have to elaborate on what these development mistakes you talk about are, otherwise they will just sound like words with no substance.

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kalex716 
As a software developer (mostly coding) with decades of experience I have to say that technical issues and bugs are everyday life. Nothing unusual about that in software/game that’s in pre-alpha or alpha state. All games have this, not just Star Citizen. The only reason you see so much of this from Star Citizen is because of its open development model. Don’t kid yourself thinking the closed development games doesn’t have technical issues that makes delays. They’re there but you never/seldom hear about them.

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crawlkill 
Well, they’ve said from the start (also stated in the stretch goals) that they’d bringsomeone back from Wing Commander. Now, I don’t know if you’d characterize some of those persons as “celebrites” but anyway. My bet is Mark Hamill is one of those who’ll come back. In addition, I hope for John Rhys Davis, Jason Bernard, and Tom “Maniac” Wilson. There’ll probably be some new guys and gals too.

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I remember there being some issue a while back with a particular voice actor wanting too much money and they said no. Don’t remember who it was or how much they wanted. For some reason $10k is sticking out in my head.

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I really hope he just means he’s got top-tier mocap actors for animation purposes and not that there are a bunch of celebrities voicing stuff. there are so many great voiceactors out there, and they’re so much cheaper and more flexible than the kind of meganames Bethesda’s decided sell boxes in recent years.

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Vikingr Darkwalker75 
There are two other accounts that are newly created and with posts only here as well.
While its possible its the “old pals”, one of them at least seems more reasonable than this one, so I’m convinced it is and I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt for now.
After all there are others that might just have come around here and want to discuss the game that are more reasonable and mature.

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Darkwalker75 
Odium is just another newly created Livefyre account with posts only in this thread. So it’s probably one of our “old pals” in a new identity.

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odium 
All I see in your posts are insults of other people and high thoughts about yourself. The problem with that type of feedback in a project is that no one listens. It’s impossible to reach the descision makers with whining complaints and unpoilite behavior. Clean up your act, be positive and constructive, and THEN maybe someone will listen. Even CR.