This is probably not how you want to get noticed by another major name in the sci-fi industry, but Star Citizen seems to have severely irked the writer of the popular Expanse series due to a privacy bug that activated his computer’s camera without permission.
“I install you and you instantly turn my laptop camera on without explicit permission? Way to volunteer to be uninstalled forever,” said James S.A. Corey (the pen name of two authors, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). Corey’s account went on to say, “One time invading my privacy without permission is enough […] Ask. Just ask first.”
In response, Star Citizen’s devs apologized and said that this situation concerned a documented bug for the camera (which is used to generate facial expressions for your in-game character): “We totally agree and that shouldn’t be the case! This is usually disabled by default and requires enabling in settings — this is a bug that crept up in our latest patch. Our team has been working on a fix already that we’re going to deploy in a patch soon.”
Meanwhile, the January report for Star Citizen is up for your inspection. In it, the devs covered improved combat AI, the final touches on microTech’s harsh moons, some half-eaten apples, and internal plans for the next quarter.