Star Citizen talks about new shaders, what’s next for prison, and the free fly event on May 22


Last week, Star Citizen made a lot of noise about light in its Inside Star Citizen video series. This week, it’s all about shaders, which aren’t exactly related to light, but since they sort of react to light there’s a parallel there. Sort of.

On point, the team at CIG has been working on a suite of custom shaders to suit the devs’ needs, including clear coat, a wear and tear shader that features chipping paint, and irredescent paint schemes, along with three different tint layers that can be customized by either the art team or by players. On the subject of player ship customization, expect a post that details plans at some point next week. As for the shaders themselves, these will be applied on different ships with every patch.

The video then talked about future plans for the recently released prison with lead designer Luke Pressley. Pressley admitted that there have been some pain points with mining and infinite transition screens, but also notes that overall feedback has been positive. To that point, patch 3.9.1 will focus primarily on bug fixes and improvements, including blocking paths that made three minute-long jailbreaks possible and changing what crimes earn players a prison sentence, removing the crimestat earned when not stopping for a police scan as an example. In 3.10, players can look forward to new ways to earn and spend Merits, while future updates beyond that will include missions that can bring players into the prison like an undercover mission, expanded prison areas, and even more ways to earn Merits.

Finally, Star Citizen is ready to drum up some hype with the confirmation of Invictus Launch Week’s dates. The free fly event will run between Friday, May 22nd, and Monday, June 1st, with promise of lots of free ships to fly and even holographic versions of in-development ships that players can look at. The event will be held at the Bevic Convention Center at ArcCorp.


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ichi sakari

3.9 has been very buggy for some folks, server instability has been less than stellar and lots of issues with the code

3.9.1 is a bugfix patch that I surely hope addresses some of that before they swing the doors wide open next week, I always make a new friend or two during these events but if the platform is not stable and working right there’s bound to be wailing and gnashing of teeth when newbies log in to find shit’s busted still

be sure to use a referral code from a current backer if you try the free flight week, it’ll get you some in-game currency

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What’s that, about a 60g d/l for a chance to fly for one day? Nah.
Sure looks pretty though. I hope I have enough spare income to buy my way to competitive when it finally releases.

Funny, back in 2012 I was just hoping for a new iteration of Wing Commander. Does it even take place in the same universe? Any Kilrathi left?


Unfortunately no. Why? EA got full rights to the WC IP when they purchased/swallowed Origin. So were CR to want to use anything directly in it/from it – he’d need to work out a licensing deal with EA (even though the original WC IP was his own creation).

Joe Blobers

The free fly event will run between Friday, May 22nd, and Monday, June 1st, with promise of lots of free ships to fly

As you look to be a long fan :) of this backers project, installed game can be kept on SSD (or moved after free fly event to HDD) so only 15gb of incremental patch will be needed for next free fly week.

Back in 2012, Kilrathi was never planned to be implemented… Anyway, not sure Kilrathi civilization would match well with the four others races. But because pets are planned to be added, we can reasonably expect a cat among others pets as teased in the attached picture.

Stretch goal: “… From Jones the Cat in Alien to the Battlestar Galactica’s Daggit, pets have a place onboard starships… and we want to give you that option in Star Citizen.Expect traditional terrestrial options, plus anything exotic we can dream up in the Star Citizen universe!”