Star Citizen players have a new patch to contend with today, as Alpha 1.1.6 has been pushed live with a brand-new launcher. The previous launcher had been built with some third-party technology, but its replacement is both built wholly in-house and does a better job of utilizing bandwidth, making sure that it’ll be easier for players to download and install new patches. The irony, of course, is that it’s the perfect tool to download the patch which includes it.
Other improvements in this patch include a new matchmaking system that will match players against one another based upon previous performance and changes to the rules of Vanduul Swarm, Battle Royale, and Squadron Battle. It’s just the sort of thing to use for a solid weekend’s entertainment; you can check out the full patch notes for the changes in depth.