Star Citizen’s Around the Verse covers intuitive flight controls and landscaping desolate moons

    
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Cloud Imperium’s Sean Tracy and Steve Bender headline this week’s episode of Star Citizen’s Around the Verse, and if you didn’t expect clowning, then you must be new here. The first chunk covers the controls players will be using as part of the game’s latest flight model. The devs say they took into account feedback from testers to essentially simplify the control scheme – in some cases, it was as simple as inverting default joystick controls.

The second chunk focuses on ArcCorp (Stanton III), both the ongoing cityscape work and the planet’s moons, Lyria and Wala. Wala looks a lot like Earth’s moon, honestly, thanks to its rocky grey landscape and lack of atmosphere, except for the wild turquoise crystals, of course. Lyria, on the other hand, is a frozen, volcanic landscape that took a bit longer to build out.

Over in the alpha, CIG’s updated the game to another iteration of 3.4.3, fixing some of the client crashes that have been plaguing the test in recent weeks.

Oh, and as to the devs’ final joke? It’s gladiī. Thanks, five years of Latin.

Source: Official site. Cheers, DK!
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Mallus

Vaporware?

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Ken from Chicago

The important issue here is my 4 years of Latin (2 years part of a “Gifted” program in Elementary and 2 years in high school, since I already had 2 from grade school–although now I wish I chosen Spanish) totally agrees with Bree’s 5 years of Latin.

The plural of “gladius” is “gladii”–in Latin.

In English, that might ever so slowly change. Since English is a living language, people determine what the rules are by usage and thus can coin new words or redefine old ones (eg, in the 1960s, when THE FLINTSTONES theme song said “You’ll have a gay old time”, “gay” meant “happy” but half a century later the definition has changed).

Ergo, we used to say the plural for “antenna” was “antennae”–from the original Latin. Now, it’s far more common to people to say “antennas” in English. “Millennia” is the Latin plural for “Millennium” but “Millenniums” is on the rise.

Thus concludes this episode of MASSIVELY SPEAKING. ;-)

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Siphaed

Not “happy” per say, because that was an overall lazy definition of it. It was really about a carefree emotional state of being. “Gay old time” didn’t mean “happy time”, it meant a carefree, lighthearted experience. The poster face of ‘gayness’ was that of airy, flamboyancy. A constant state of carefree and joy in life. Words like “fabulous”, “superlicious”, “gorgeous”, and so on to describe what others see as everyday mundane things. That’s were you get the sift from a state of something to a descriptive of someone.

And then the haters made it negative. Something evil. Something bad. And children jumped on the bandwagon using it just like discovering a curse word for the first time. “That’s so gay!” without realization that they’re helping exacerbate turning something so beautiful into something so ugly. And the internet doesn’t help one bit on the issue because of anonymity.

I still cannot condemn or condone the use of Queer. I’m sorry, but it’s just wrong. Unlike gay describing a euphoric state of being, queer was originally something strange, different, and alien. That word was stained to start with and the whole moment of “take the word back”…it wasn’t even there to begin with. It was a hater word. A vial descriptive used to outcast and shame. Why take that up as a badge of honor?

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Bruno Brito

Why take that up as a badge of honor?

Because the word won’t ever vanish. People attempt to take the words out of their negative conotations and transform them in something good, that they can be proud of. It’s better than pretend that these words don’t exist.

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Ken from Chicago

Some words do disappear (e.g., taketh, giveth, goody, “Hello, *Goody* Bruno”, etc.) and also the meaning of many words do change over time.

However, I agree, some people do try to change the negative meanings of words (e.g, some homosexual people’s use of “gay” or “f*****”), some women’s use of “b****”, some African Americans’ use of “n*****”, some Polish Americans’ use of “p*****”, etc.) to take the sting out of them with … varying … levels of success.

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i went to hurston this week to seek fresh content. instead i ran into reiterating why i think hurston needs a port ollisar/grimhex. but i did do a couple evict illegal occupants missions and spent a boatload on guns to take to hurston, which i then lost and am now recouping because the patch didn’t come with a wipe (which is fine with me i avoid risking too much to simulate future economic conditions to a limited extent)

anwyays


the devestator energy sucks. crap dps and responsiveness. if i had gone close quarter with that thing i’d be dead for sure


and this was the wrong time to be pressing the wrong keybind for my grenades (or to use them at all)

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PCG went through the revenue and spending reports for CIG yesterday. While public funding revenue is still high, spending has outpaced it. We’re still looking at SQ42 beta in late 2020 and a pursistant universe beta 2-3 years (2022-23) after that.

Let’s not be naive and say they are going to run out of money though. Something that was conviently left out of the PCG article is that they had a private investor inject $46m just last month and wouldn’t doubt if they had other interested parties. They still have many more ships, vehicles and item packages to sell. Aside Duke Nukem Forever and Prey, this will be the longest development project I’ve ever heard of. Minus year 2 and 3 delay due to poor choices, the tech laying the ground work justifies it.

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Joe Blobers

Godnaz you are a week late, all those number have been shared already.

But thanks, you deliver in one paragraph the well known (for sure) prophecies proven false every quarter since 5 years, plus longest development which is a blatant lie, without missing the infamous mismanagement from a guy who always delivered memorable games… and mock precisely those for sure prophecies.

You forgot the Crytek claim and FTC which is going to ravage it all… soon :)

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Godnaz

“Godnaz you are a week late, all those number have been shared already.”

But the article was posted 2 days ago. >.>

“you deliver in one paragraph the well known (for sure) prophecies proven false every quarter .”

Me saying they aren’t going to run out of money anytime soon? Please be specific.

“plus longest development which is a blatant lie, without missing the infamous mismanagement from a guy who always delivered memorable games… and mock precisely those for sure prophecies.”

But… that’s how long it took DNF (15yrs) and Prey(11yrs) to be finished and released. (That I’ve heard of). I’m not saying Star Citizen is going to be that close. But I am saying it will rank as one of the longest developed games.

“You forgot the Crytek claim and FTC which is going to ravage it all… soon :)”

I’m not sure what this is suppose to mean. <.<

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I can explain this part : “But the article was posted 2 days ago. >.>”

It’s more a case of PCG being really late to the party. While the PCG article was a couple of days ago, they thanked and linked the gamesutra article on the same topic from a few days earlier, which all relied on info that was released and reported on at the end of last year. (See https://massivelyop.com/2018/12/20/star-citizen-atv-squadron-42s-roadmap-and-projected-2020-beta-and-cloud-imperiums-46m-private-investment/)

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diablo 3 is actually pretty close to dnf

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Sean Barfoot

They won’t run out of money if people keep pledging at the pace they have been. But that assumes no major delays in dev time. 46 million is about what they’ve been spending each year.

The thing I’d be more worried about is what happens if SQ42 doesn’t sell well. That’d jeopardise the future of the PU, but I’m confident they’ll release something, even if it’s compromised.

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if they polished up the PU and it’s content and current systems into a half assed launch while it would be vastly far from what they’re legally liable would also be a pretty fucking cool game imo for $60 –

but yeah idk… it’ll be interesting to see if sq42 sells the millions the need it to.

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TheDonDude

Not a particularly exciting ATV, but they can’t all be winners.

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Ironwu

This many years, and millions of dollars, into development into a space flight simulation and they don’t even have a handle on how the ships will be controlled?

I think that is pretty telling as to the future of the game. Fan-Boyz will spin this, of course.

Will be interesting to see what happens when all the money is gone and the company starts moving into the red financially with no hope of generating any additional significant revenue.

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Rhime

LOL..hilarious. See you in the verse!

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I think you hit upon the real joke here.

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Joe Blobers

You are probably new in space game Irowu but CR is one of the man who did implemented both in atmosphere and in space flight model games that players remember among the best of their categories.
Best meaning fun not necessary the most real or accurate.

He knows a bit about flight model and current one was of course a place holder as you need to get as many different ships as possible to balance them all.

Expect many iteration during 2019 as Squadron 42 will do use the same flight model. That’s what SC will be used for: test-bed for SQ42 features, including flight model.

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Ironwu

Not at all. I purchased all the original Wing Commander games at the time they were released. X-Wing, Tie-Fighter, Falcon, etc. I have played many flight sims. I currently Play Elite:Dangerous. I have flown a bit in SC.

My point is that these folks have had years and multiple millions of dollars to develop the foundation of the space flight simulation and they just have not gotten the job done.

If they were only a couple years into the development? Then sure, I would say par for the course. But it has been EIGHT years! This game is years overdue from promised release.

I supported this game some years ago and if I could get my money back, I would.

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Joe Blobers

If height years is what is mandatory starting from scratch to make triple-A different of re-skinned Publishers games… I pledge for it twice rather than once and certainly not try to get my money back. Of course you can have different feeling.

I totally understand frustration. 8 Years is definitively a big part of life for all… but it is true for everything.
If you get something without effort… expect no rewards as well.

What count is that 8 years are spent to deliver something done by Backers not by some middle men looking to get more dividends each year.

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Bruno Brito

What count is that 8 years are spent to deliver something done by Backers not by some middle men looking to get more dividends each year.

Here’s for more eight!

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Joe Blobers

Bruno the best part is that the project supported by Backers can’t be pushed during 2×8 years without release and SQ42 will share assets with SC… meanwhile Publishers middle men will keep asking for more dividends endlessly hence spending as little as possible on devs expenses.
There is no hope with the later… there is certainty with Backers + CR.

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Oleg Chebeneev

When it comes to whining about SC you could give some real competition to Derek Smart

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Bruno Brito

Tears are better than what comes out of your mouth.

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they’ve been iterating for years on it really.

it’s getting to a point where it’s fairly intuitive and natural to use with a few initial hints in teh right direction.

in this case the control changes are largely additive and in line with the “new” flight model which is itself yet another of a few iterations already.

which i personally think it’s pretty fun now but curiosu to see what the next iteration brings to the dog fighting meta. tho i’m more interested in seeing ship gear insurance tho idk if that’s even on the roadmap or mentioned.

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looking further into it. seems they are just doing passes on default binds and axis curve values for all the supported devices (which they do pretty good coverage of now) so that newbies with their shiny new HOTAS don’t have to spend a week of /played configuring it to get it decent.