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

    
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You can stop fidgeting about what might or might not arrive in Star Citizen this year: Cloud Imperium has released its promised development roadmap for the rest of 2017. The studio stresses that quality will trump everything, that estimates are merely estimates, and that the schedule isn’t all-encompassing, but the words “3.0” and “persistent universe” and “planetary tech” have been enough to send Reddit into a tizzy of excitement.

It’s also sent the community into a tizzy of concern, as it appears the original plans for 3.0 have been trimmed down to get it out the door this summer, with many of its features pushed off to later patches later in the year. According to the newsletter, this is partly the result of Behaviour Interactive ending its subcontract for Cloud Imperium (you MMO folks will know it as the studio behind Eternal Crusade).

Check out the whole shebang below.

Source: Press release, dev post. Thanks, Ken!
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Suikoden

1) I’ll believe it when I see it.
2) I gave this game $80, what feels like 4 years ago, and have nothing to show for it but some crappy hangar I can walk around. Ugh. Whatever. I’ll just go play Wing Commander…

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Darkwalker75 .

Star Marine
Arena Commander
Mini PU
That’s more than just a crappy hangar to walk around in.
When was the last time you logged in?

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Melissa McDonald

We get to have multiple convos about this, but some of their claims of what the game will feature are getting downright fanciful. This isn’t No Man’s Sky kind of debacle, because no multiplayer is kind of a fatal, cardinal sin right there. But we’re starting to get into NMS kind of territory as far as meeting claims and satisfying expectations.

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Melissa, I’m at the point with this that I almost don’t believe Chris Roberts is even sane. What if he’s like that dude in A Beautiful Mind, and we all bought into some ficticious and impossible game? The stuff he talks about… does the technology even exist? What did he bring in? 38 million? F that, I’d retire and say F y’all’s game.

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xpsync

Many (many, many) moons from now…

Gather round my grandchildren, that’s right come in close i want to talk to all you little whipper snappers. So what do you all do for fun?
We play video games!!!
Ahh, with controls and what not?
Of course Grandpa…geez. What did you do for fun grandpa?
Well kids back in my day, we kinda had video games too but we didn’t really play them, we just bought pretend space ships, and games that didn’t really exist.
WTF Grandpa you serious?
Oh quite serious little ones, I’m just so glad all you little gamer’s got a whole lot smarter than we ever were, least you get to buy real games that exist and actually play them.
/Kids whispering among themselves… Naw Grandpas just old, think about it, no one could ever be that stupid to buy stuff that doesn’t really exist.
We love you Grandpa!

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Skardon

One item slotted on that project plan is 6 months to make a gas cloud. They should hire me for that instead cause I can make a gas cloud in a few seconds.

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No Citizen’s Sky

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I really hope this turns out to be the chit, but my gut feeling right now is to go invest in Tissue Paper companies cause here come the tears.

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Melissa McDonald

One decimal point closer!
Keep ’em rollin, rollin, rollin
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them coders codin’, Point Five!
HYAHH! *whipcrack*

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Melissa McDonald
One decimal point closer!
Keep ’em rollin, rollin, rollin
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them coders codin’, Point Five!
HYAHH! *whipcrack*

BTW – You could apply the above to the current state of development for “Elite:Dangerous” as well.

And while SC does allow backers to buy other ships; all you need for full access is a “ship package” (low cost starter packages run between $45 – $60) and another $15 add on cost if you also want access to “Squadron 42” when it’s released. So, yeah for $60-$75 you can have access to everything in SC.

With E:D I believe a player who didn’t spent what $350 for the full E:D Alpha phase and Lifetime access to further updates when it was offered at the very early stage of E:D development – an E:D player has to pay $60 for the base game, plus $30 every time they release a new update? Yeah, what a deal.

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Melissa McDonald

ED players are asking why you are dissing their game as a deflection of Star Citizen’s infirmities?

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With E:D I believe a player who didn’t spent what $350 for the full E:D Alpha phase and Lifetime access to further updates when it was offered at the very early stage of E:D development – an E:D player has to pay $60 for the base game, plus $30 every time they release a new update? Yeah, what a deal.

$60 at release and then $30/yr.

That’s one of the best deals you’ll get in MMORPGs.

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Nah that’s totally incorrect.
You could buy the Premium Beta + Lifetime Pass for £100, which breaks down to £50 for the base game + 6 months of beta and then another £50 for all the other expansions.

Elite + expansion is £40 not £60 ($90) like you claim. Besides when has been paying for expansions a bad thing. virtually all MMOs sell their expansions this way. Do you expect developers to work for free? :)

While you might argue that you only need to spend $45 on Star Citizen the company needs well in excess of $150 million to make the game and somebody has to pay for it, even if it isn’t you, which means somebody has bought a load more things to start the game which then leads to all the P2W claims etc…

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Space and ships and sales
Hell bent for cash
Wishin’ my ships sales was always by my side

All the ship sales I’m missin’
No more free cash, love and kissin’
Nobody buying at the end of my ride

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Melissa McDonald

Paint ’em up, sell ’em on
Sell ’em on, paint ’em up
Digital pixel ships
LANDSLIDE!
(of cash)
HYAHH! *whipcrack*

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markfromindy

Well, let’s check back in next year and see how far along Star Citizen is then, since it ain’t coming this year.Maybe Alpha 3.1?

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Loopy

Does anyone else feel that this “open development” method brings more fatigue than having everything developed behind closed doors?

Out of sight, out of mind. Less stressing and overhyping and more pleasant surprise when it’s completed and published. This only keeps reminding everyone that the game is still not close to being done, which personally makes me care about it less and less..

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Joe Blobers

Fact is that fatigue or not, this have to be done if you rely on backers money rather than publishers money. Hard to ask day one 146 M$ to bacekrs and close the door for 5 years :)

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Melissa McDonald

Yes, yes I do. Landmark proved to me that you could be given “too early access”.

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