Star Citizen talks alpha 3.9 and beyond in wake of record-breaking crowdfunding year

    
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The Pillar Talk roundtable video from Star Citizen is all about plans. Plans for 3.9, plans for the new Pyro system, plans for the rest of the year. It’s a bit pie-in-the-sky, sure, but it also gives a nice rundown of the direction of development in the coming year.

The video first opens with discussions about persistence, including the ability for players to have more things stick around long-term, such as player-built outposts and the ability for resources like minerals to be finite. While the ability for players to create outposts wasn’t given any firm arrival window, players should expect finite resources in time for update 3.9, which is expected at some point at the end of March. Speaking of 3.9, the video also briefly touches on the first pass of the prison system that will be arriving in 3.9, providing another layer of consequence for those who just can’t play nice with others in Stanton.

The discussion then moves on to the Pyro system, which is being described as a lawless land with six or seven planets, around a dozen moons, and a couple of landing zones planned. Naturally being a dangerous place, it’ll be where valuable minerals will be that likely won’t be available anywhere else or in greater quantities. Salvage, which is the next occupation being worked on by the team, will also likely be a major feature in the Pyro system, as there’s likely going to be a great deal of derelict ships out there. Don’t hold your breath on Pyro’s arrival, however; there’s still no firm release date, simply that it will be “after 3.9.”

The video also touches on grouping and forming groups, which is a significant pain point in the game currently. The devs obviously recognize this and are “investing” in some UI tech that will make things easier. This blends into the Theaters of War game mode, which is also a topic of conversation for the Pillar Talk.

All of this takes time and money, of course, but money would certainly appear to be plentiful for Star Citizen, as CIG has reportedly had a record-breaking year of crowdfunding in 2019, raking in $47.7 million last year, an increase of over 26% since last year — a figure that has not been confirmed by the devs and does not factor in any amount given back in refunds, though considering the spikes in funding Star Citizen saw thanks to reveals like the Kraken and CitizenCon, this figure certainly doesn’t seem hard to believe. To put that into perspective, there were 380 successful video game Kickstarters in 2019 that raised $16.3 million.

As for what are players doing now? At least one of them is making some damn impressive screenshots of the current build’s spaceships. So that’s a thing. If you’d rather look at what’s next instead, we’ve got the Pillar Talk embedded below.

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Lord Klaus

Oh yeah another Star Citizen article placed here just to start another flow of flame’n’blame from users that simply have no idea. I’ll go pick up some popcorn and start laughing at those haters :D

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Bruno Brito

Idea of?

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Godnaz

I cringed a few times at this. Chris needs to let people talk and more importantly listen so he doesn’t appear arrogant and inexorable.

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Mewmew

I really don’t want to dabble in the game in its current state. I have sort of a “wake me when it’s released” type of feeling about this one.

I keep watch of the news and stuff to see if we’re getting closer to that time, but the news always seems to be about the game sucking in tons of money like a black hole in the middle of a thousand banks and a tiny bit of development or some new ship that you can buy in a pack for a few thousand dollars.

Maybe one day when it launches I will be happily playing and forget all the shenanigans of its past. I hope anyway. They’ll be pretty hard to forget, but if I’m happy and content playing the game without spending thousands of dollars I’ll let them all go.

Wake me when it’s released :P

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angrakhan

Yeah I’m in the same boat. I’m even part of an organization that does regular events to try out stuff in the game. Every time I join it seems like a colossal waste of time. Game somewhat works solo but as soon as you try and group up and do things co-op it all falls apart in a crash filled mess. So many other games I could be enjoying with that time.

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oldandgrumpy

Is this the same self funding report that was claiming everything was financially rosy just before they had to get a new bail out loan /s

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Tee Parsley

No reason to believe what CIG reports until it shows up on the servers. As for funding, we only know the bits that are required by UK law.

Still, that amount raised almost pays for the best guesstimate of the year’s SC expenditure.

My long term prediction is a sellout to Amazon sometime in the future. Far future….

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Random MMO fan

This game is still far from being complete but I must admit that the in-game areas already look more complete and much more visually pleasing than some games which have been in development for 7 years and still are in beta stages (I am looking at you, Camelot Unchained) and their ambitions for features are much more higher than companies who are run by a person with $130 billion of net worth but which can only produce highly generic and very limited games (hello there, Amazon Game Studios).

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Jiminy Smegit

I hope I am wrong but everything I see about this game has the feel of a documentary that will release in about 10 years from now about the perils of crowdfunded games.

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TheDonDude

I haven’t watched this video, but apparently it was shot several months back. So it’s bizarrely already out-of-date.

As for funding, January/February is already outstripping 2019. The whale hunt goes well, I guess.

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Armsman

How’s it “out of date” when it is basically a list of what they plan/hope to accomplish over the next year of SC development?

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Alex Willis

…because that’s how time works?

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TheDonDude

…because that’s how t- (dammit Alex you beat me to it)