A new installment of Star Citizen’s weekly Around The Verse video is here, and this week it’s got information on scramble races, rest stops, and motion-capture animations, to name just a few of the subjects covered by Cloud Imperium Games’s Sandi Gardiner and Chris Roberts. The pair begin by touching on the alpha 3.3 release, which is currently in testing by the Evocati test group in preparation for wide release. Then they give players a look at the upcoming scramble races, focusing on the process of getting the lighting just right for these deep-space races.
Also mentioned over the course of the video are procedurally generated rest-stop stations and the progress of the props team in populating the city of Lorville with some new “conversation pieces.” The bulk of the video, however, is devoted to a segment that takes players behind the scenes at a recent motion-capture recording session, where Narrative Director Dave Haddock and Senior Motion Capture Specialist Joe Ponsford talk viewers through the process of conducting a motion-capture session and preparing the recordings to be turned into final, in-game animations.
Also, in case you missed it, the studio’s latest Calling All Devs video released earlier this week, and as always, SC fansite The Relay has a useful tl;dr summary. We’ve already heard plenty previously about space mining, but the video confirms that mining on foot is also planned, as is a mechanic that allows players to “[hack] to intercept data and steal it,” though at the moment it’s “not a high priority.” You can check out the full Calling All Devs video, along with this week’s Around The Verse, just below.