BBC tech program Click promises investigation into Star Citizen’s delays

    
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BBC tech program Click promises investigation into Star Citizen’s delays

No matter what sorts of progress the alpha builds of Star Citizen make, there’s always going to be a question of when the game will actually be considered fully complete, especially as it continues to rake in cash. BBC News’ tech program Click is joining in on the discussion with an upcoming episode that promises to look into what’s taking so long and why the game keeps getting delayed.

Click, for those of us not in the UK, is described as BBC’s flagship technology program, which airs new episodes every Saturday. The investigation into CIG and Star Citizen is due to air on Saturday, December 14th, at 1:30 p.m. UK on the BBC News Channel.

Click and BBC News is obviously not the first to try and dig in to this story. One of the more notorious investigations was published by Forbes in May of this year, when it called development of the game “incompetence and mismanagement on a galactic scale” and cited quotes from 20 former employees. A similar takedown was run by The Escapist in October 2015, which brought forth Chris Roberts himself to respond as well as threaten to sue for defamation. Roberts also spoke with Polygon later that same year to assure fans that CIG is being fiscally responsible.

The fact that Star Citizen is making money is obviously not a hidden fact. As we’ve cited before, there’s a funding section of the website that has an interactive breakdown of the money coming in, and events like CitizenCon, the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo, and ship reveals continue to make bank. The question, of course, is where the money goes — a question that will continue to be asked until Star Citizen finally decides to release.

source: BBC News Channel, with thanks to Cotic for the tip!

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Astron_Physis
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Astron_Physis

Hey Chris Neal, I’m kind of waiting for your follow up: are you going to write an article about the actual click episode?
I’m curious what you think of it
Cheers

Jay_Sleezy
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Joe Blobers

The video have been released as planned Saturday 14th.

BBC had inside access to the studios, CitCon, and an interview with CR himself and other CIG personalities. As per some (the same guys around as usual) it was supposed to be a “hit” piece like the Forbes article… which was a terrible piece of journalism made of past memes and speculation. back in mid-2019.

BBC investigation… was without much surprise straightforward and fair.

Let’s see how much of the traditional Click-bait articles web sites are going to pick BBC’s investigation versus Forbes one :)

At the end… more free advertising again for the project.

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Michael Vincent Miceli

Only the BBC could shine light on the most transparent development process in gaming history.

April-Rain
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April-Rain

Its not a MMO.

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Dibs

If you’re ploughing money into SC and enjoying it, then good for you.

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Bo Davidson

SC is doing what no one else is doing. They’re creating an immersive world that happens to have MMO elements. They are breaking ground in many areas, such as SOCS. Every update is full of new stuff. Try out the game during one of their free fly events. It’s stunning.

It’s suspicious that the media is hounding on SC so much. Here’s a game breaking boundaries, PC only (no console to have to downgrade to support), and no publisher to force them into a strict release timeline. Follow the money. EA, Ubi and Activision have a lot of financial pull and motive.

I don’t understand why gamers would be against an independent project that has the scope that SC has and IS delivering.

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traja

I tried the latest one and it ran like garbage. Way too poorly that I could stomach trying to figure out what to actually do in the game since there was no tutorial. It was the first time that a game ran so bad that motion blur was an improvement in that it hid some of the trash. Graphics were ok though but nothing special.

The problem is that it is all about asking more and more money from “backers”. I put it in quotation marks because really they are customers.

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Joe Blobers

@traja there are tutorial on CIG site and also Reddit. You can imagine than making a tutorial when the whole project evolve every quarter is a waste of time, assuming you want to make a good in game tutorial. They did one years ago and stopped to change it for this very reason.

About run like garbage, we don’t have the same definition clearly. Beside stuttering in crowded are (that will be partially take car of with SOCS V1 in 3.8), 3.72 is the most stable patch we ever got, wit a bit of persistence.

Anyway free week are precisely to check if current revision is okay for you, more will come next year.

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traja

I can certainly understand why a tutorial doesn’t make sense for a game that is not ready for one. That is the point though, it’s not ready. If there was a proper game to be played here it wouldn’t be a problem to make a proper tutorial for it.

If the performance had been decent I would have looked up guides on the internet. It’s not difficult these days so that alone is not a deal breaker. Unfortunately performance was absolutely awful and it didn’t motivate me to look up anything whatsoever, let alone spend any money. It was just a miserable experience that I won’t be recommending to anyone.

Game that looks like it’s from 2015 with hardware requirements from 2025. No thank you.

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Joe Blobers

Quote:”If there was a proper game to be played here
If you mean by proper a finished and polished game with all bells and whistles this is not… because Alpha with 7 years of development, not the initial kickstarter video.
According to in game stats, a lot of backers see current Alpha as enjoyable… for an Alpha: Playable Now The Stats

Quote:”Unfortunately performance was absolutely awful” Again backers in Alpha don’t play a slideshow unless they have a dual cores, 10 years old GPU and hard Drive. With my average rig (I5 + GTX 1070 + SSD) I do have 40 (in crowed area) to 70 fps on average… with a 1440P monitor and Max settings.
As long you have decent rig (not equal to Nasa PC) and install game on SSD, performance are satisfactory to good.

Quote:” It was just a miserable experience that I won’t be recommending for anyone
Do you mean you recommend to not even try it during free week?

Because it would be very disingenuous to pretend your experience match others, not proven by the 40K backers in Nov. 2020 up to 1.2M individual backers in 2019 and joining every day.
Free week are precisely here to not lure gamer and let them test new patch at least twice a year to see if progress made match their expectations.
There are enough Publishers example that don’t have such transparency, with games being really awful (because sold as polished) or not what they were supposed to be (Death Stranding is the latest example with not event decent review before release…)

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Jay_Sleezy

There’s no tutorial because the game is in development but everyone in server is willing to offer help for new players. Next time just ask something like what is there to do. Also as far as graphics, The server near Arc Corp which is where the Expo was being hosted was pretty bad 1/4 of the time. The rest of the system was fine. When it happened the best thing to do was leave the planet or join different server.

Side note. They’ve never asked us for money nor asked you. I’ve never had an email advertising to purchase new ships nor pushing to buy anything. New ships get a banner on main page along with other news and that’s it. If u go into pledge store u can buy ships but it doesn’t force u to view that page. So plz don’t make that claim because it’s not true.

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ForsetiGod

I like reading any comment section related to SC for the same reason I love documentaries about cults.

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traja

I’m somewhat skeptical that there will be any strict wrongdoing to be found. The main thing to cover is probably how CIG has made the development stage of the game their business model.

Usually games spend money in development and then make money afterwards. These days they often also continue development and selling bits after launch.

Star Citizen is different from this pattern. Instead the business model is the development stage itself. They rely entirely on calling their customers “backers” to sell ships for hundreds or even thousands of dollars each. There is no way that they will turn that business model off and release the game in the foreseeable future.

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Marty Woods

I’ve backed a few crowdfunded games over the years and Star Citizen is one of them but its always been the lower tier packages . I know some of those wont get released but that a risk you take .

I don’t get why some of the backers here are so up in arms about this BBC investigation into CIG ? The BBC can’t make up a story they have to report the results of that investigation . All its likely to amount to is some free publicity .