Star Citizen’s alpha 3.5 rolls out to all backers this weekend with playable female toons as ATV takes a break

    
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It’s gonna be a good weekend for Star Citizen backers: The 3.5 alpha is going live for everyone this weekend. This’d be the update we’ve been covering more intensely for the last couple of weeks, including playable female toons.

“Alpha 3.5 continues to deliver on Cloud Imperium’s promise to release new content on a quarterly release schedule for Star Citizen, and adds many new and exciting features to the game, including newly playable female characters, the city-planet ArcCorp and its two moons, an entirely re-worked flight model that differs in-atmosphere gravitational physics from space flight, new CIG Character Customization Technology that creates for endless character customization options, numerous new missions, ships and weapons for players to enjoy and dozens of quality of life and performance improvements.”

This week’s Around the Verse heralds the release, but it also teases the new PvP maps and the character creator, as well as addresses changes to the program itself, specifically why the episodes at the beginnings of quarters are lighter in content – and how the studio’s solution is to just stop producing ATV for the first three weeks after a big update like this.

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a couple of dank new flight model 2.0 videos for everyone to enjoy:

this one features the aurora LN, which is an upgraded more combat “focused” variant of the basic starter ship that you can upgrade for about $10 from teh basic starter package. it’s what i generally tell people is the baseline of viability for combat engagement (ie not running away) for the past couple years and i wanted to see how she stood up in the new fm.

aside from server issues and desync causing us all to become invincible i think she did ok

and here’s a nice one too

supposedly the next patchety patch will be going live so i’m just waiting patiently for that to happen. remember that .1 patch will follow the .0 and soon after that the .2 before a longer period before the .3 patch usually. if you are logging into ptu and thinking to yourself “this is not ready for live and needs another six months!” then just be aware that PTU is always nigh unplayable right before the milestone or w/e goes live. so buckle down and get yo booty on make my day.

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ichi sakari

and then they got the man himself to sit down

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tbh listening to cr talk about this stuff is tiring. i know what he’s talking about but often things he says makes me qustion how much time he’s put in to the game play himself.

and mostly it just fuels the idiocy and far future foolishness.

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Dug From The Earth

Someone let me know when there is a SC alpha that doesnt run like crap. Tired of spending all the time to install each build only to find the game running at 30 FPS the majority of the time.

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Dankey Kang

So I’ve been watching a lot of Bored Gamers SC summaries and I still haven’t figured out what the current game is at the moment. Are there missions, or FPS segments, or trading or is it still all barebones?

This game excites me because it seems to be the only game that is actually doing something new and ambitious, but I’m super reluctant to spend any money on it until I know that there’s a point to playing.

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the guys like boredgamer seem to just rephrase alot of the marketting. it’d be easy to not know what’s going on watching their vlogs.

as for what is going on right now, it’s really hard to judge by the ptu (or any given ptu) what the whole set of live will include. and what might not be there in .0 might potentially show in .1 or .2 or even .3 (though unlikely in a .3 which are usually more polish ish patches).

i could tell you what’s in 3.4.3, what will be 110% in 3.5? femalre toons, new fm (which is immaterial if you’ve never experienced previous iterations) and more map spaces and content to go with. more or less. alot more really, but those are the big ones. all interwoven within is economy balance ship and weapon balance the new heat system heat and fm and ship balancing together how heat affects qd, various optimizations to server performance which affects cleitn perfomrnace directly various mechanical changes, a whole shit load of new armours with a heavy emphasis on cosmetic variety, a few new small arms, new ship weapon which might be probably restricted, variosu bullshit under the hood that no one understands and gets over memed about, various progeiosisoons on more of the same, and so on.

as for spending money before you try… we’re over due for a free fly weekend or week. take a look for youself then. there’s a bit of a learning curve but nothing i’ve seen anyone unable to tackle with a bit of sincere have at er.

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Dankey Kang

Thanks for the response, I’ll wait for the free weekend and then decide whether to drop some money on it or not.

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ichi sakari

they’ve been tweaking the community content forever, either there’s some internal tension or someone up high isn’t happy with what is being produced

but I don’t buy the whole ‘too much distraction’ rationale, 10 minutes a week from 500 employees shouldn’t be a major impediment, so its got to be that the subscriber $$ are drying up or they’re stopping/slowing down now because they are going to change up formats and peoples and try something new in a month or so

there’s a bunch of stuff going on that they could show, so its not a lack of content, but its hard to see behind the veil so the players are left wondering, speculating

they also announced they’re moving forward with plans to remove all zero-dollar CCUs which has one faction up in arms

probably smart to do these now while people are playing 3.5

they need to revamp the whole community team and process IMHO

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certain youtubers seem to be upset that atv isn’t 90 minutes long anymore. no need for a middle man digesting the weekly marketting comms to 5-15 minutes if the marketting is already that long and easy enough to digest on it’s own.

revenue rates seem pretty unchanged, as a friend noted in conversation today, it was almost a point of curiosity given their slower marketting and sales regeime the past some months.

again the bitching about the atv seems mostly a few youtubers and their fans and some opportunists half hearting it. the silliest part is acting like flair you can use in the actual pu is somehow worse than hangar flair. like jfc duderinos!

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Looks like it is time to dip back in to SC and see how things are going!

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Sorry Moon your car is still in the shop.

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What does this reference mean?

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maybe they wanted to share their sweet sailor moon fan art?

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Bruno Brito

I can do better than that.

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i mean you’re a pretty skilled and talented artist.

#legit

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Being that this is essentially a PvP game and with a lot of backers focused on ship and environment, I’m glad they haven’t skimped on Star Marine, the FPShooter PvP instanced arena maps. If you are going to play this game, expect to be in a FPS fire fight at least occasionally. The gunplay and weapon selections have not been skimped on either and this game moe really helps players hone thier skill without the risk of being punished in the open world of Star Citizen as a criminal.

Oh, ya the character creation demonstration and amount of preset heads along human genetic and races being cross morphed is pretty awesome. Can’t wait to see all the varied body types available.

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i gotta be real, i told alot of people to stop expecting updates to SM and AC in recent months, and CIG the mad lads went and gave them an update.

wether this is a good gesture or misplaced dev resources is up for others to decide.

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Assuming they clean up the stability issues, 3.5 is looking pretty hot.

As for ATV… I’m ok with it, but this means CIG will need to stop with the “no other developer puts out as much info as us!” bragging.

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they haven’t had that distinction for years. they made open development a meme and alot of others did it better than they did to a point.

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Anyone that keeps a subscription running after the constant diluting of community-funded content is throwing away good money. The shows are as aenemic as can be at the moment with 3 or 4 minutes worth of actual content. How can they thin it down even farther?