Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts on dedication, delays, and Derek Smart

    
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In a new and very lengthy interview with Polygon, Chris Roberts fields a wide range of questions about the development and delays of Star Citizen. He points out to fans that he’s been working on the title non-stop for three years now and is proud of the progress and communication being put out by the team.

“I’m personally working harder than I ever worked in my life, including going back to the early days doing the first Wing Commander,” Roberts said. “I find it very challenging. It’s a bit like being a politician. Not only are you trying to develop a game and run multiple studios with a lot of different people, but we’re also being open and keeping the community informed of everything we do, while we have work that is out there and being improved upon all the time.”

Roberts assured fans that the studio is being fiscally responsible and is in no danger of running out of money. He mentioned frustration with the impatience and negativity from some corners, saying that he can’t win when it comes to delays: “I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t. I have some backers saying, don’t give me dates. Make it right. Don’t rush it. And then I have some people go, where is the game? I want to play it right now. My opinion on the issue is, people want a great game. No one’s backed this to have something rushed out.”

Derek Smart’s public feud with Roberts and Star Citizen was mentioned, too. Apparently Cloud Imperium has responded to Smart’s lawyers but decided not to make the details of that conversation public.

As for Smart himself, Roberts commented, “The reason why we have chosen not to engage him and tried to take the high road is that he’s the kind of person with nothing to lose, that will carry on no matter what facts are put in front of him and has made it his mission to try and tear down Star Citizen.”

Source: Polygon
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DudeMcDoodly
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Accelerwraith do you remember SCO? Most people thought they would be crushed immediately… I mean come on, buying up IP, then suing anyone who has that IP, no matter how it was acquired! Most people thought they’d be laughed out of court. All it takes is this bozo finding the right unscrupulous law firm from the right district and you have a very high cost shakedown. People thought SCO would be easily defeated… they were not… that whole thing is on going and costing companies like Novell, IBM and Redhat millions for legal fees. SCO is somehow able to fund this campaign against these behemoths and that’s been a thorn in the side of many in the Linux community. Those slimebags in SCO have not suffered for their abuse of the legal system… no one is being punished and they’re somehow still out there causing heaps of crap….

Now we come to this guy… what he started could turn into a SCO type debacle if CIG lets it fester… I hope they nip this one in the bud quickly and use legal means to muzzle him. Otherwise, it could get out of control.

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Thing is.. He hasn’t.
He hasn’t done jack shit. He’s full of wind and fury and nothing else. He’s done just enough to keep his name in the news because he’s a pathological narcissist and needs the attention to thrive.
You can see it in his tweets… So many sent to people of note, none of them responded to. He’s starving for validation from anyone.
The sum total of his actions against CIG is paying a very cheap, very small lawfirm $10 to draft and deliver a laughably constructed letter of intent, rife with grammatical errors and left unsigned by the attorney so they could have plausible deniability that they ever sent it.
That’s it.
No full page letter in the New York Times, no class action lawsuit, no investigation by the FBI (lawl!), the FTC took one look at CIG and their progress and laughed him out the door.
There’s significant evidence pointing to him being flat broke, so pulling off anything he’s threatened, even if he had any legal standing whatsoever (which he doesn’t) would be challenging to say the least.
I would have some empathy for him, but his infantile crusade would have massive repercussions throughout the gaming industry and crowdfunding I’m general, if he had a leg to stand on.
He’s also threatening the jobs of many of my friends.
So, fuck him. I pray he gives CIG a reason to retaliate and to crush him under their boot heel. That his house, once seized, is turned into a Star Citizen museum and he dies cold, alone and destitute in the street.
He’s a shade, a banshee… Screaming at the top of his lungs, but utterly impotent to affect any change that someone doesn’t allow by listening to him.

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Cartap Hi Cartap, nice to meat you…. er… I mean meet you….

Just so you know, development on Star Citizen started 3 years ago… wait, you already know that… ok… how about World of Warcraft, another MMORPG developed over a decade ago took 4-5 years to get out the door… AND… it was somewhat limited in size, buggy as all get out and took a few years to ramp up to its full glory… so, a few years, lets say 3 years…. added to the, lets say 4 years, of development and you get a full 7 years before it was fully going… but that development time where no players were actually playing the game was 4 years… and if you count the closed beta, 5 years. So complaining that a gigantic title like Star Citizen isn’t materializing after only 3 years while at the same time, complaining about the ‘snippets’ as you call them is somewhat lacking in game development understanding. 

Now if you’re not a game developer, and you are just a player who has become accustomed to the new style of ‘Alpha’ and ‘Pre-Alpha’ game roll-outs that happen through platforms like Steam… then your questions are very understandable. If however, you’re someone like Derek Smart, who is a game developer himself… then something else entirely is up… because with his knowledge, he should know all to well development cycles for game development.

Anyhoo… I’d say with how these early Alpha releases are going, that Star Citizen is actually way ahead of where most comparable triple A games would be, and I’m guessing that with all the in game footage they’re using for the trailers they’re showing us for the ship commercials and the approach to Nix etc… that they have a lot more finished than is currently available for players to interact with.

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Accelerwraith They take him seriously only because he spent his own money and hired lawyers. When lawyers get involved, no matter how stupid the reasons… everyone needs to pay attention… otherwise, the crooked will get away with whatever damaged they’re demanding in court.

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agemyth 
Yes, except for a few fact errors.

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BritoBruno 
Well the “I’m damned if i do, i’m damned if i don’t.” was in refer to estimating release dates. I guess he had those slides in mind, where he outlined when, for instance, Star Marine would arrive. People constantly ask him when things will be released and he feels he have to answer but when he does make an estimate that doesn’t hold then he’s criticized for “not keeping his promise” (or lying)!

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rioinsignia melissaheather 
My avatar resembles a classic WW1 pilot and is also frequently sold on eBay: http://tinyurl.com/n9gjrc7

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ManastuUtakata 
It’s the classic phenomenon of someone who doesn’t understand the rules->breaking->sanction procedure. I mean they don’t understand any of those elements! They don’t understand rules, they don’t understand when they break them, and they don’t understand why they’re being punished. So they try to find arguments they do understand to explain what happens.

This is usually people who never had any/few borders in their upbringing, and hence no experience of sanctions either.

Accelerwraith
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Yeah, I was kind of wondering on that m’self… Glad to be of service,though. :)

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Accelerwraith Dammit. I didn’t realize I was wasting my time explaining to Manzes.