Star Citizen spin-off Squadron 42 updates backers on February progress

    
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Still keeping an eye on Squadron 42, the Star Citizen spin-off that’s… well, it’s closer to launch than Star Citizen is, at least. Cloud Imperium sent out a dispatch to backers recapping the state of development of the game in February.

Yes, we know it’s almost April. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The newsletter covers work on AI, character collision, the Javelin, Archon Station, audio, scanning improvements, gas cloud graphics, the editor, level flow on the first third of the game, the air traffic controller feature, vehicle damage and destruction and more mocap work – 56 new mocap lines. The studio, which you’ll recall was recently renamed to bring it into line with CIG’s branding, has also been working on hair, which we’ve been covering for Star Citizen along the way.

“This month, Character Art revisited the hair development pipeline. With the help of the Graphics Team, they developed new tools and shader tech to improve realism while maintaining quality and performance. They’re currently modeling characters and new hairstyles to test their new pipeline with. Progress also continues on the Vanduul character model. The head and body mesh are complete, with texturing currently underway.”

Source: Newsletter. Thanks, DK!
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GiantsBane

How do you have a spinoff for a game you haven’t even launched yet?

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masterblaster0

Wow! That DK guy sends in every bit of CIG news. Does he work for them or is he just a big fan?

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Godnaz

When I began lurking this website, DK had nothing but doubt and disdain for the Star Citizen project, almost angry at it.. At some point that changed, almost over night. Now he has faith it’ll turn out right. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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they started hitting the right notes. alot of the shit i spent years complaining about from them changed pretty much over night. and the game itself became a shit tonne more enjoyable around the same time.

some of the obnoxious stuff still lingers a bit, but is muted enough to satiate me.

while the game that is on my desktop month to month continues to not only be a blast to play either solo or with a friend or 3, but has shown tremendous progress over teh past year milestone to milestone patch.

as for the tips, i often pass emails like this to bree without looking at them much if it has some headline like “squadron 42 progress update” because well it’s shit this site reports on and the game has my attention better than most. and i just check my email constantly basically lol (most of the time i have zero emails in my inbox)

i actually don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the marketting, don’t care for the youtubers that think it’s their job to be middle men between CIG and fans, sell the game to people or any of that shit, i just share stuff about a game i enjoy playing. i generally don’t watch teh ATVs and if i do i skip through them alot (even the new shorter ones, which are alot easier to deal with as someone who dislikes vlog format marketting).

i actually do it more for a couple friends on teh staff’s sake than anything else, because i know they’re interested a bit in teh game pro and con and i know they aren’t going to troll people about the game on either end of the thing. if it works for them to report on the stuff i share to them i don’t mind at all. but it’s not the point of sharing the stuff.

and the videos i share of the game in these threads are purely just my shitty gameplay vids. not trying to make money off them but i know some folks enjoy and appreciate the shares most week as i just basically document my gameplay as i do with most games i play (i’ve been slacking a bit with videos in general the past couple weeks but also in particular div2 this week. i have a great bit of raw footage to edit down from playing with dirk recently i really wanna get onto youtube).

i don’t get anything from anyone other than the satisfaction that maybe a few folks with a bit of mutual interests in cyberpunky space video games got a bit of enjoyment.

though the constant low quality of complaints that get voiced in teh comment section here sometimes make me question my participation here tbqf. for people that milk every one of these sc posts for shitposting counts every week everyone here seems so unaware of what is worth complaining about. and tbh i’ve grown tired of sharing those things on this site for years only for them to show up regurgitated by some dsmart sycophant completely twisting and missing the point of the complaint because well they don’t really play the game except the periodic pad ramming session and don’t really understand what the progression has looked like even over the past six months let alone w/e.

and you know there’s always gonna be new people who don’t hit it off with a game their first go at it but to people who give this game a sincere go round and it does click the general nature of the complaints tend to come as massively disengenuous to astronomical degrees. as well as gravely concerned about how game development works (their game dev project management has been pretty normative for a couple years now, and while it can be amusing and informative to talk abotu the SNAFU FUBAR game dev hell the project was in prior to that period… it’s tiring to do it for so many years running when it’s no longer relevant unless we’re getting nostalgic).

anyways, like i said, they started hitting the right notes largely. there’s still stuff to complain about but when i see derek smart in the comments here taking credit for “prediciting” for a twisted missing the point version of something i rambled about on this site years ago it just doesn’t benefit me in the slightest to share complaints here for the most part. becuase unlike dsmart and co i’m not about going on internet crusades to “destroy” games or any of that nihilist shit, i’m about trying to enact change in teh business practices of teh company in question.

having been largely mollified of my biggest complaints in the past, it would be dumb af of me to continue bitching about a game i hugely enjoy playing, when i could be sharing dope hot shot fighter jock high octane pvp videos instead.

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Tee Parsley

Actually find you to be one of the most even handed commentators on the SC front.

I’m personally a general naysayer, just due to having a ton of friends and acquaintances who worked with Roberts at Origin. Disorganized, arrogant, micro-managing, egotistical, self serving, self promoting, etc; words that come up frequently in conversation.

The extremist hero worship to brown nosing that often come up among project white knights is kinda irritating when NO ONE I know who worked with him thinks he’s a good developer. Having an innovative idea about 3d gaming 30 years ago does not make you a good designer.

However, since I’m not bothered to give Roberts money or play the iterations of the early-early game, it’s good to have reports from someone with an even keel, to get some appreciation of what’s really there. Still think the best possible outcome is that Roberts eventually gets forced out of his position in development, and competent people get control.

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Joe Blobers

quote: “…. Disorganized, arrogant, micro-managing, egotistical, self serving, self promoting”

Are you sure you did not forget some? We have many expert around about everything, games included, proving wrong every day as well as the Glassdoor review from “formal employees”… all fake, using the same words than you.

As a gamer… I literally don’t care about how CR behave but what he deliver. CR and his brother always delivered memorable games and seems to have no problem to gather around them a team of talented people.

The opposite of rumors are verifiable facts. you can’t bring any names that would stand yours words.

In short this is pure bullshit.
What is not are two roadmaps, 3.5 coming in a week and a company valuation of +460M$ done by independent auditors. More than twice the amount of pledges.

Do the same and then come back talking about competency :)

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Bruno Brito

What is not are two roadmaps, 3.5 coming in a week and a company valuation of +460M$ done by independent auditors. More than twice the amount of pledges.

Man, this is stockholm in another whole level.

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Joe Blobers

If you say so Bruno. You are an internet expert after all :)

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i’m gonna be real. everyone who wants to know who wrote those glass door reviews knows who wrote those reviews. and it wasn’t dsmart.

and they really were 110% written by former CIG employees.

and while those employees may be “bitter” as CR said, they have damn good reason to be bitter. and you would be too if you went on the limb for an old friend and he shit on you like they got shit on by CR.

and with the bullshit involved in that drama fest, you are better served not defending CR/CIG from them, because these people left stable careers to help their old buddy CR and then he literally threw them under the bus and kicked them to curb without warning when he randomly decided that all leads had to relocate to LA on a whim for 20 minutes years ago.

now they post shit about how their austin office is all about family and roots and shit as if they didn’t fuck over the original leads at austin because those people didn’t want to uproot their families and sell their homes to move to los fucking angeles.

the stuff in those glass door reviews were also going around the industry rumour mill for a long while before teh escapist article and glass door postings. they weren’t even really a secret. and it’s one of the reasons that CIG still has some degree of dificulty in hiring talent they are hiring for at times. because of how well known those rumours were and the nature of them.

it’s a pretty shitty mark on CIG’s record imo. what CR did to those guys that were supposed to be his friends and were friend enough to him to drop their careers to join him in making his dream game yet again despite all the red flags and history indicating not to.

and they got burned for it.

and no one who knows the story for a moment doubts that most of what was in that escapist article was completely true at the time those rumours were generated.

but the good news is, this seems to be another area of the project/company that has improved greatly since the period of time in which there was issues.

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Joe Blobers

Quote Deekay: “because these people left stable careers to help their old buddy CR and then he literally threw them under the bus”

Link of proven true Glassdoor review(s) depicting what is described as evil made CR please.

I will let each one on internet being the self-award public attorney based on unverifiable one digit count source versus someone who can’t defend himself…
+500 employees is not what I call an hiring problem. But speculation is an opinion by those days and opinion is truth. Good to know. However in real world, at the end of the day speculation is speculation.

At least we can agree on one point: there is good news and things are improving aka more transparent with regular patch and roadmap.

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Bruno Brito

At least we can agree on one point: there is good news and things are improving aka more transparent with regular patch and roadmap.

If this is the ONLY thing you took from Deekay’s post, then yeah, you’re a lost cause.

But when we consider it’s you, Joe, we already knew that. You can suck CR’s dick all you want, but stop trying to convince us it tastes like stars and sprinkles.

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Joe Blobers

Bruno I don’t try to convince you for sure.

Thanks to describe so precisely what is for you best practice when you appreciate someone.

Good to know for your friends :)

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Bruno Brito

Eh, we love you, DK. My issue is with other SC enthusiasts, let’s call them that.

But to be fair, while i still have a shitload of issues with SC timelines and budget, i’ll agree it’s coming out nicely.

I won’t scream scam, i don’t think it’s a scam. I just think CR is keeping this game on a waaaay longer alpha than it needs to be because i don’t know, money?

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Tee Parsley

Mostly arrogance and mismanagement on Roberts part in my opinion. ‘Course I bet he feels he’s entitled to all those millions, cause he’s a Genius! The little people must pay homage.

Unfortunately what he’s good at is the marketing end.

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roberts seems to be largely reigned in from his worst mike kern firefall tendencies lately. and that kind of paradigm is very evident to a degree (you can tell cr is a big fan of GTAO), but the shower thoughts style design of kern and roberts has been heavily curtailed even if it’s still somewhat there.

they still advertising some stuff that’s potentially far away ish as if it’s right around the corner like the fancy CE hair tech they talked about as if it was coming in 3.5 recently. and that is dissapointing.

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Bruno Brito

You know what you’re buying. I can respect that.

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Fervor Bliss

Kinda reminds me of John DeLorean and DeLorean Motor Company.

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PanagiotisLial1

I do a lot of tips too for various games cause I am sort partially a gamer – partially freelance(for fun) game tester so I watch a huge list of games and sometimes getting news before them. I dont see any fault in tipping news – we actually help this site a bit since they cant have eyes everywhere.

For SC in specific, I think barring anything unexpected, it should release but like Bruno Brito I think there is some deliberate slowing down to get more money supposedly for developement to advance as they got too much personnel to make so tiny steps. I do have some further worries about it too, some of which I had told you on other posts but I am hopeful they pull it off and its great. I am also a fan of space themes and sci fi(EVE, Elite Dangerous, Star Sonata, Star Trek Online, SWTOR, Anarchy Online, Mechwarriors Online and many others). Its quite possible I may give it a try in the future but I got some doubts any of my 2 PCs can handle it(they got 8gb ram and 2gb vram)

I like your enthusiasm for the games you like, shows you like mmorpgs. I too like a lot mmorpgs(however i am a bit more reserved by nature so its not too easy to see my enthusiasm) and a few happen to be indie/kickstarted as well. Unfortunately I got to agree with you many find those as easiest “playground” for what I would smacktalking and doomsaying. Most of the times those people hadnt played the game in question and some of them dont even play mmos anymore so yes sometimes, me as well, I wonder if I should go on checking the comments but I am bit lighthearted and let it go.

I generally like reading comments even from people I dont fully agree as long as there can be a dialogue and opinions can be exchanged and not some direct bashing/naysaying or even worse

To conclude, dont let anyone ruin your fun – and naysaying existed on mmos in a longtime. I played a browser based game on early 00s and lots people were going on forums naysaying and implying the game was on course to shutdown. Flashback today, 17 years after – I dont play that game and yet it still exists.

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Bruno Brito

It’s mostly the way the heads butt. Even the most rabid hater will chill with Deekay because he’s at least a knowingly consumer. He LIKES Star Citizen because of what it is, and the potential of it, not because he was sold a fucking bridge. He knows what CR is capable of, for good or bad, and he’s in for the ride while being cautious. This is what EVERY consumer should be, cautious. Money don’t grow on trees.

Now, take a look at the main defenders of SC, and tell me they have more than two brain-cells? Just above this discussion, DK lays the game for Joe and the ONLY thing he agrees is that “things are looking up”, dismissing completely the concerns one may have with CR. This is not just disrespectful with the wary customer, which btw, the SC fandom has a terrible track record with, but with the people CR worked for years.

Either Joe, or Oleg, they both are rabid defenders of Star Citizen, which sometimes leaves me to believe they both pawned their homes to back it, because holy hell, or maybe they’re CIG employees. Hell, sometimes i think Oleg is a russian bot, but that’s mostly me having fun.

I’ve said this before and i’ll repeat it: “If CR took a dump on his desk, they would call it his new mining operation and fork over 200 bucks to forage it.”

Rich developers, execs and companies, are NOT our friends. They’re being paid for a service. It’s time we stop licking their asses and start demanding a good use of our money. Which is what i see DK doing.

No one benefits from Joe or Oleg’s bs. NO one.

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes constructive critism is a good thing, not just for gaming, but for everything. It can move the needle to positive direction and give us more improved results. I just draw a line with hating over games – especially when I can easily understand some people didnt play them

For SC in specific, I think DK does a good job to showing the game as it is, while many others sound “fake” as they go generally “this is the best game” etc without saying what exactly they like nor what they dislike(and I never seen them go into any gameplay details either as if they dont play?). I dont want to speculate their reasons but to my knowledge there is no perfect game. Even my personal favorites(AO, SotA, EVE, ESO, STO, Project Gorgon etc) got significant flaws each on different field(s) and often I suggest/critisize to the devs to be corrected as well as reporting bugs. Room for improvement is always there.

An Alpha version game like SC it is logical it has even more flaws because that is the nature of testing versions but yes can see the potential there and I understand why DK likes it.

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Joe Blobers

Quote Bruno: “dismissing completely the concerns one may have with CR”

Nice prose Bruno except it is false. Nobody is dismissing concerns . I did precisely explain the point about those throwing unverifiable behavior of someone, CR or anyone else.

That’s why I wrote: “Link of proven true Glassdoor review(s) depicting what is described as evil made CR please

I will let each one on internet being the self-award public attorney based on unverifiable one digit count source versus someone who can’t defend himself…

Now Bruno fill feel to provide those proven true link(s).

Second you are the spokesperson of… anyone indeed. DK, Oleg and myself did not hired you to speculated about the benefit of comments…
Swallow the pill Bruno. You are going nowhere with such comment. Question yourself if your two last comments benefit anyone.

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PanagiotisLial1

would had been even better if it had 2034, 2035, 2036(as potential release dates, lol)

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TheDonDude

I bet you if you took all the SW42 status updates and shuffled them randomly, most folks wouldn’t be able to figure out what order they should go in.

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Alex Hyer

There’s no W in Squadron.