Star Citizen just canceled this year’s CitizenCon 2950 thanks to the pandemic

And no, it won't be going virtual :(

    
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Star Citizen just canceled this year’s CitizenCon 2950 thanks to the pandemic

Add Star Citizen’s CitizenCon 2950 to the growing pile of major MMO and gaming events that have been dislodged from the calendar this year thanks to COVID-19.

“Out of a deep concern for the well-being of our community and as a result of the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s CitizenCon,” Cloud Imperium announced today, citing the fact that the LA location currently has a ban on large gatherings and will likely have one for months to come, making it difficult to both hold and plan the event. (Similar reasons have been given by studios like CCP Games and Jagex for canceling their events.)

“A show as large and complex as CitizenCon requires months of planning, and our ability to prepare for the event has stalled. In addition, we don’t have confidence that California and Los Angeles would allow an event as large as CitizenCon to occur even by October. As we monitored the COVID-19 situation with CitizenCon in mind, we saw that many governments around the world were still deep into quarantine, with no guarantee that these measures would be lifted any time soon. We also felt it would be unfair to ask you to begin committing preparation and savings for CitizenCon when the event itself was at risk due to the current pandemic. To say we are disappointed would be an understatement, but given the information we have today, we felt that cancelling CitizenCon was the only responsible choice to make.”

CIG does say it’s aiming to bring the event back in 2021, though it doesn’t know exactly when yet, and it won’t be putting on a digital show this year in place of the physical event. “We still plan to celebrate Star Citizen’s birthday on October 10, but doing so digitally,” the team writes. “This will not be a virtual CitizenCon, but it will be an online celebration with our community.”

Source: Official site. Cheers, Fastcart.

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Covynant001

Citizen Con…. an appropriate name actually.

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ichi sakari

no-brainer, the smart call they made was to not try to recreate the event online, hopefully skipping this year can free up some folks

here’s hoping they return to LA in 2021 because all of this other stuff has calmed down by then

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Joe Blobers

There are way too much questions mark about consequences of pandemic (second wave? US state containment rules?) by Q3 that it is definitively a good move.

Also going fully virtual would have swallow as much resource as real convention minus travel costs.

Not counting that current pandemic duration is impacting all companies plan. Better use those resources to smooth down the impact as much as possible over the remaining year.

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Bruno Brito

Star Citizen just canceled this year’s CitizenCon 2950 thanks to the pandemic
And no, it won’t be going virtual :(

It’s not even my birthday yet and i already got this gift <3

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Solaris

Bummer. Not unexpected but was looking forward to it.

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angrakhan

On the plus side that’s a whole pile of time, money, and development hours not spent on cooking up demos, securing venues, providing hospitality and the like that can be spent actually working on the game.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

i think a studio having conventions before ever having an actual game out is nuts and im a backer lol

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Matthäus Wey

Well there is a game and there is plenty to do if you have people to play with

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Oleg Chebeneev

Why it nuts? Thousands of people want that. CIG can use it to announce new stuff and communicate with fans directly. And Citizencon always feels like a huge event for backers.

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Utakata

…because it comes off as a snake oil pitch? o.O

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Tee Parsley

The conventions always brought a money spike, and for a developer running so close to the edge, CIG has needed that.

Not to mention Roberts loving all the fawning….

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Joe Blobers

Yes but as usual, it have to be put in context:

They made 1M$ during CitizeCon (Nov. 23rd)… followed by 12M$ during Anniversary week sale with free flight event (Nov. 24th through Dec. 5th), followed by 7M$ for the remaining of December with end of year sale.

Cancelling CitizenCon does not matter as long free fly event do benefit of the upcoming patchs, providing both improvement on network and Theater of War. Which is enough to attract new backers by itself (assuming they do improve desync and server stability… which is a priority by now).

Not counting others cards like: UI, HUD improvement, NPC scheduler, shield system tech (removing current shield holes), missile operator mode, docking…

Note: the edge of what?… “90 days top for sure!” :)

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Tee Parsley

The Freefly events are smart and cool (especially when things are actually working well). That’s good marketing. The basic SC package is a decent risk. But the man in charge always bites off more than he can chew. And he hasn’t learned from the past. Oh well, keep throwing money at him and his red queen’s race.

Some supporters like to squall about context, put are pretty happy to provide quotes without that addition themselves. Pretty sure the Evil One had some qualifiers, like ‘without a lot of new money, etc’ you know?

Usually gets mentioned also, after embarrassing quotes or blather from the Emperor-in-chief.

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Joe Blobers

Yes @tee because words without context mean little.

To “always bites off more than he can chew” I prefer ambitious. The man as you said (and his brother) did always delivered good to very good games to gamer community, especially looking at publishers behavior that evolved in the past 8 years… for the worst.

Quote:”Oh well, keep throwing money at him and his red queen’s race.”
Except I am not a whale. Pledges growth come from new bakers and older backers adjusting their initial pledge like all MMO players are doing.
A “whatevername Remaster” from publisher will cost close to the same than SC starter package. If I had to choose between both, even taking into account the fact that a project is not done until fully released (crowdfunded model) I will pledge for CIG.

Indeed this is exactly what I am going to do in 2020 and 2021. Except for CB2077, I won’t throw a cent to publishers but CIG through anniversary digital pack or flair…