The next alpha update for Star Citizen has its fair share of big-ticket items — the New Babbage area, the prison, new missions, new ships — but the most recent episode of Pillar Talk is about some of the smaller yet no less important features that 3.9 is bringing to the table – mostly. Cloud Imperium did talk about some of the bigger stuff too.
One of the first items is a unified friends list, which will finally bring together friend lists from the Spectrum forums and the game itself. This will, at the rudimentary stage, allow players to see what their friends are up to in relation to Star Citizen, whether they’re in the PU or elsewhere. Another item is continued persistence thanks to the i-cache system that will hopefully let players keep more of their stuff on themselves.
The video also points to some quality-of-life features that include (ideally) better stability and the introduction of reduced rewind time latency, which readers will recall is the rollback net code-style delay that was brought up in a February Q&A. This particular feature is more for the benefit of the FPS mode than the sandbox mode, but it will be available with this update.
The video then moves on to discuss some of the bigger updates in 3.9, like the Inner Thought contextual UI and its features, the weapons attachment UI and New Babbage, and the in-game prison. The whole 28-odd minutes is available below.