E3 2018: Star Citizen’s ‘alpha 3.2 teaser’ trailer is gorgeous, and it’s not alpha 3.2

During last night’s PC Gaming Show at E3, Cloud Imperium showed a nifty video of Star Citizen that has the community abuzz. Considered out of context, it’s an in-engine video of what the game could someday be like, and it’s beautiful.

Buuuut, as Reddit is currently arguing over, the video is labeled as an “alpha 3.2 teaser” but isn’t. It is not exactly clear right now whose decision that title was. The final slide of the video also tells people to prepare for alpha 3.2. As folks following the massive sci-fi MMO known, 3.2 is currently in evocati testing, and no, not everything shown in the video will be in it, leading to fans throwing around words like “misleading” – even if it wasn’t intentional deception, there are bound to be some folks confused when alpha 3.2 doesn’t work the way the video implies.

Either way, the vid’s below for your eyeballs and judgment.

Source: YouTube. With thanks to DK!
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Ken from Chicago

Funny, it was PC GAMER that labelled the video “alpha 3.2 teaser” while CIG called it a “Persistent Universe trailer”. At the end of it said to prepare for the alpha 3.2 coming soon, which it is, literally by the end of June.

Everyone’s gotten all upset that the trailer was FOR the alpha 3.2, meanwhile E3 was filled with trailers for game that won’t be released until next year, have been repeatedly been delayed for years, have no release date–and some that advertise different elements that have multiple release dates. Yes, the video could have been more explicit distinguishing what’s in the video and whats in the alpha 3.2. Yes, a video game company still tripped up in communication–kinda like E3 keynotes that still, bizarrely keeps thinking the attendees there and those watching actually care about the stage productions, talking heads instead of showing the games, the games, actually gameplay from the games. And don’t get me started about this year’s bizarre trend of EXTENDED MUSICAL PERFORMANCES *not* played while gameplay footage is being show but INSTEAD of showing gameplay footage (c’mon, Sony, you had it right last year, back-to-back trailers, now you’re imitating the worst of Microsoft)?!!.

And who exactly in 2018 is being allegedly “fooled”? People who have already backed the game already know it’s not close to release, not even close to Beta. Are we seriously worried about people who not only haven’t backed the game but haven’t even heard about are suddenly on the basic of a 1:45 trailer going to suddenly back the game–without checking it, perusing knowledgeable mmo gamesites (e.g., a certainly Massively OverPowered or Kotaku or PC Gamer or The Escapist or MMORPG.com, etc.) or even a simple google search about “Star Citizen review”?

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deekay_plus

Yeah CIGs behaviour is everyone elses fault. You tell em bucko!

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Ken from Chicago

Where did I say CIG’s behavior is everyone else’s fault?

People are getting bent out of shape about CIG not explicitly labeling what the content of the trailer depicting vs what would was coming in alpha 3.2 …

AS IF

… it was part of their master plan to fool people to spend thousands of dollars on virtual spaceships for a game that doesn’t even have a release date.

It’s far from the first mistake CIG made, doubtful it would be their last and it certainly wasn’t the only company at E3 to make a mistake last week in what the revealed to the press. It’s far from the end of world and they aren’t supervillains for screwing up the way some people have (over)reacted to it.

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deekay_plus

yep everyone is making up conspiracy theories about CIG. totally.

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Gene Elder

Im torn about development. While the tech I see is impressive, and it does exist, and it is accessible by the public for “play” it is not a game. It is not even an ALPHA by my definition. To be considered in ALPHA, you have to be feature locked, and the engine should be a complete framework for engineering core mechanics and gameplay systems. SC is nowhere near feature-locked when Chris adds features with every other concept ship sale. I have been annoying the community for a long time bringing up unpopular opinions about the lack of actual engine progress, and continue to do so. I firmly direct my accusation at Chris Roberts himself. He is mismanaging an opportunity to finish something great. It doenst have to be perfect, just great, and in my opinion, that means handing over control to Erin Roberts, let him cut out the frivolous stuff that can wait and finally lock down features and complete the engine. Chris needs to be the Art Director or the Creative Director or whoever controls the look and design of gameplay, and Erin needs to be the Game Director the actual boss who says what gets included and excluded for launch.
So my stance is, no more money from me until they produce a feature locked ALPHA with a completed engine. I make a point to say it with every post on reddit, and will not stop saying it. If others use my line in the sand as theirs, perhaps Chris will let Erin take control and we will get an actual ALPHA before 2022.

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Armsman

Feature locked is Beta – not Alpha. Beta is where the base feature set is locked, and being more fully iterated on. Alpha is where you are adding initial iteration of the various features and testing them.

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Bruno Brito

Ok, 1st- Where is Smart?

2nd- This honestly sounds like Diablo 3 / Duke Nukem Forever all over again.

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Necromonger

Most games would be completed or nearing completion.

SC tough went from early alpha to alpha in 5 years time.

I give it another 8 years before it reaches beta.

That is if funds dont run out and mass lawsuits are throwing C.R. in jail for the biggest scam the industry has ever seen.

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Totes McGoats

My second youngest child was born in 2012 so I have an easy way to remember how long Star Citizen has been in development. First grade went well and he’s excited to join Cub Scouts this fall!

I wonder if he’ll be able to fly a ship in the launched game or drive a real car first?

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mr_gibbins

He’ll be flying a spacecraft among the stars irl before this shit is finished.

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Nick Martin

You know, I wonder which will happen first. Star Citizen comes out, the Final Fantasy VII Remake, or the Sun turns into a red giant and consumes the Earth.

My money is on the Sun.

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Armsman

I’m a SC backer; but yes I too am sick of their deceptive marketing where they do a video like the above at this stage of development; and weeks later CR is complaining that some Backers don’t understand that the game is still in Alpha.

They need to stop BSing the general public and show what they DO have. (And if CR and Co. don’t think it’s enough maybe they need to reorganize their development priorities; and get the base features in before doing so much re-iteration of existing features. YES – iteration IS important, but when you still have major features waiting for Dev time; why not get the base feature set in, and THEN ramp up iteration?)

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deekay_plus

i mean they could show current game play and it’d be thrilling af in some cases…

look at that gif and video bnelow. that’s the kind of shit they should be using in trailers. that’s white knuckle action packed excitement with a sexxxy graphical space backdrop etc…

instead they do these super heavily produced bullshot videos that gottta cost at least a few thousand dollars in man hours alone nevermind the software/art development behind making all the scenes look the way they want and all the tools to shoot the way they want and post production and editing software etc they clearly use.

the iteration taking place (afaik) rn is mostly fine stuff. i don’t think they’ve revealed any more episodes of restarting shit from scratch 8+ times. ofc then again you’ve got stuff like the 100i series replacing the 300i series which is due for a “rework” again (it’s apparent yo me flying around the 325a i got from the 125a starter pack i bought that this ship has been reworked before at some point since i sold my original 325a package).

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flyingltj

If Star Citizen were a human being, they’d be in grade school by now. If Star Citizen were a family pet it’d already be half way through it’s life expectancy. Is it possible to be over before it begins? In this case, yes… it is possible. And with every passing day I become a little less interested in the outcome.

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mike foster

This is my favorite obsession

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Greaterdivinity

Bunch of unrelated, uber-polished gameplay footage of stuff that’s still likely years off from being implemented.

3.2 COMING SOON

Sounds about right for Star Citizen : |

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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