Star Citizen previews urban dystopia and in-game holidays, drops February studio report

    
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Very few settings in games spark as much joy in me as a glowy rainbow neon urban cyberpunk dystopia, so that makes this week’s episode of Star Citizen’s Around the Verse one I was not at all sad to pluck out of our newsroom to write about. That’s because the episode homes in on Area18, the Bladerunner/Coruscant/Nar Shaddaa area of ArcCorp. (Twitch, the character featured on last week’s episode, is based there.) The artists have been creating not just the functional part of the plaza but all of the animated holographic advertisements too.

The devs are also talking up the elements of alpha 3.5, including the playable female model, though the rest of the episode focuses on projectiles and in-game holidays. And speaking of 3.5: Cloud Imperium has posted the studio’s monthly report for February – yes we know we’re midway through March, but there’s a full check-in from all the teams working on this leg of the alpha.

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getting there slowly.

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micedicetwice

Dude, one picture would be quite enough. People saw it, relax!

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i came to post it, saw it was relevant to other people’s comments, replied with it to them so they would get an email so they would see it and have their comment followed up on.

dude, the world consists of other people and it’s not just about You. relax!

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Annoyed badger

One day, may decades from now, my descendant will be able to finally log into this game……

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Wow, feeling just a tad bit optimistic today, aren’t we? I’m betting we’ll see the LHC produce an Earth eating black hole before we see anything remotely resembling a full game release for Star Citizen.

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Bruno Brito

Looks good. Maybe i’ll get to play in this lifetime.

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Oleg Chebeneev

What a bunch of boring and uncreative holidays. They have so many amazing talents in other departments, but I feel like their lore team is just meh.

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Toy Clown

I’m excited to see how this is shaping up. This is what Star Wars should have been. In a way, it was like reliving it the fun times we had in Nar Shaddaa while watching footage on the new areas. I can see myself getting heavily immersed into SC in the future and my friends and I are talking about hopping onboard with it after female avatars are released.

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waiting patiently.

speaking of which i wonder why their face tech doesn’t have facerig and other similar software/features’ mouth movement when mic audio detected. makes up for not everyone bothering with the hardcore lighting necessary for the FOIP to work or get a webcam (which FOIP needs alot more light it seems than facerig does).

i’m not a big guy for the immersion word but it’s definitely very easy to get immersed in the game and just find yourself casually rping in a nice natural way that doesn’t take too much thought or convincing. really no matter what you’re doing.

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Melissa McDonald

i suppose by the time this launches I’ll have built my new Core i9 rig. Still no female avatars huh? #NotMeToo

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TheDonDude

In theory they should be in this upcoming patch. In theory.

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there hasn’t been a patch since the last time you posted this but they have been working on it:

afaik it’s feature locked for 3.5 which will go ptu in the next week or so.

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Fisty

Loving the looks of the city.

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Godnaz

Looking forward to the floating cloud city on Crusader. The gas tech they’ve been working on for a long time can finally make it to the PU. They look a bit behind schedule though.

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i really don’t want to fly into the clouds of crusader. i know olisar is kind of temporary ish but man, my anxiety would just peak flying into that.

then again it has been getting better lately but still.

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TheDonDude

Feels like we’re gettin’ pretty late in the quarter given that the Evocati hasn’t even gotten their hands on the bulk of the patch.

Is a delay in the cards?

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some thoughts:

1) maybe they’ve been aggressively internal QAing this one or w/e so they feel confident in it from a polish point of view and are more interested in evocati for immidiate FM feedback
2) could see a delay of aweek into april

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DeadlyAccurate

I’m so envious of their 3D artists’ skills. I would love to be a props artist for this team.