Star Citizen fans call on CIG to post an update on Squadron 42 development progress

    
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Star Citizen fans call on CIG to post an update on Squadron 42 development progress

A post on the Star Citizen subreddit has been growing in traction in recent days, putting into perspective an abject lack of substantial progress reports on Squadron 42’s development. The post points to a promise written in March 2020’s Roadmap Roundup to share more SQ42 content in its AMAs, Calling All Devs, and in sprint reports in Inside Star Citizen — all of which were not ultimately kept save for a look at gas clouds and real-time talking heads in May.

The vast majority of the replies read with varying levels of exasperation at CIG’s dragging feet and wondering just what is going on with the project. One of the replies seems to sum up part of the problem rather succinctly:

“What is going on is that we constantly signaling that we’re okay with how things are. We have a record breaking month in funding every other month. People don’t stop buying new ships. No reason for CIG to change anything. They can say and do whatever they want and people keep throwing money at them. I don’t think anything will change unless we have some noticeable decline in funding at least for some time period.”

Other posts point to a pledge CIG made about treating backers “with the respect [they] deserve instead of spending […] money on public relations” if there are delays in development. “Radio silence is not upholding the spirit of this statement,” reads one such reply. “I cannot in good conscience condone the continued chokehold that the marketing and PR teams have on communication between CIG and the players. I get that withholding bad news prevents negative PR, but the commitment and pledge to showing respect for those who have funded this project by informing the playerbase comes before that.”

source: reddit, thanks to Eggbert for the tip!

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mike foster

I still check on SC every few days. A lot of the drama seems to have died down but I really wonder what is going on with it.

Their office is right across the street from mine and before Covid I would sometimes take a walking meeting with a coworker so I could peek in their windows. Cant see anything obviously but it is a mild obsession for me.

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Bruno Brito

I wanna say, i’m appreciating a Joe-free thread.

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Joe Blobers

Keep dreaming @Bruno :)

I have zero problem with such thread on R/SC as CIG talked about providing different way to inform backer about SQ42 but did not released yet this infamous SQ42 video everyone is looking for. A hint about video or alternate SQ42 information is of course welcome after 4 months… but the true milestone is about SQ42 beta which was planned to start sometimes during Q3 2020.

That mean they will have to communicate before end of Q3 should the date have to be pushed another quarter(s).

As usual, release when ready not because of arbitrary shareholders decision like all Publishers are doing every year.
Those on the fence will stay on the fence and backers claiming they won’t spend an extra $ until beta or release are free to do it.

In the meantime we will be served by the inevitable internet experts explaining how two Triple-A can be done from scratch in less time than 8 years or why the project is doomed because it is going to collapse for sure during the next quarter because… :)

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Bruno Brito

Keep dreaming @Bruno :)

This isn’t twitter ( thank god) ), you can’t tag me.

And yeah. I was happy. Thank you for being such a pile of misery that you ended my happiness. Have you no shame, Blabbers?

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Roger Melly

I always think of the few white knights who still defend this game as being a bit like Don Quixote still believing in a lost cause while running around tilting at windmills . :)

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Joe Blobers

Wrong picture Roger. This is the prophet of doom and his follower claiming: “collapse 90 days top for sure!” back in… 2015 :)

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Joe Blobers

None and never @Bruno. Why should I have.?

3.10 is going to be released in few days. In few weeks CIG will provide consolidated roadmap on SQ42+ SC… and those 45$ (nothing more needed) is still the best spent money vs times playing/testing alpha versus Triple-A costing more.
Also 3.11 and 3.12 add two new gameplay: tractor beam and the beginning of salvage required tech with free form tool cutting.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

The traditional definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

I think we can modernize it to throwing money at CIG over and over again and expecting them to produce a game.

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Paul Jarrett

I also backed SC. I gave up hope on SC years ago. I recommend everyone to join me on PlanetSide 2, it’s the best futuristic FPS MMO around. A strategic First Person Shooter, with ground troops, vehicles, air vehicles, (Bastion). In game voice coms to strategies. It’s FREE too.

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Knut van Åbjørsbråten

I hope it’s not a multi year cycle of half-baked products that need to look good enough to generate sales to keep the cycle going? I actually proposed they tell us things only after they’ve released them instead of showing dreams, thoughts and prayers ahead of them. Of course, that became my single most down-voted reddit post ever.

I so want them to succeed, but fear they have fallen into a hole from which they cannot escape because the product will eventually collapse under the weight of all these half-baked interconnected systems.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Heck, from how they said they’re doing the PVP in the online game (with no option turn off PVP and never PVP at all) Squadron 42 is the only aspect of the game I’ll play…IF IT EVER COMES OUT!!!

I backed way back in the original Kickstarter, I’d definitely like to know the progress of the single player game.

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Yangers

Nah, it’s too easy.

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stevewvictory

After seeing the glacial improvement over the past couple of years I have come to the opinion that we’d be better off if they gave up the multiplayer aspect of the game. They are no closer to having the kind of multiplayer they wanted now than they were years ago. I’d rather have a single player version of the game with dozens of systems to explore and AI running the NPC characters.

I simply don’t think they are going to have enough time/money to make anything remotely close to a complete multiplayer game. They’ve blown hundreds of millions of dollars with so little to show for it… It’s so sad. I love the game and started this back in 2013… But CR is like a ferret on crack and unable to finish a goal without getting diverted.
Think how many things get cut as we go along, thousands of hours of development time for some task or another, only to get dropped before a version gets released.
They’ve blown too much time and money and I personally think that they need fresh blood to come in and take over, someone with experience shipping titles. Each little quarterly update is just pathetic. A second system just keeps getting pushed back, but they waste time creating a broken food and drink system, and broken ships to sell that don’t work like they should.
Blowing off the sq42 update just shows the lack of honesty and respect they have for those that have given huge sums of money. Hell they can’t even finish the first system. They have blown it and wasted so much money with so little to show for it.

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Wyat Gynocide

They could never remove MP as all of the ships sold are for the MP part of the game. You can’t use your 2500$ ship in the single player.

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Godnaz

That moment when you’re in original backer but wish a publisher would step in and take control to get it done.

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jmadfour

NGL, I feel like at this point, with the amount of time, and the amount of hype and money CIG has received from backers for this project….this entire project needs to be nothing less than transcendent. It needs to be absolutely amazing and genre-changing, to the point where everything that came before it is immediately outdated, and it changes the way MMOs are designed forever.

Some people may disagree with me and think that I am being unrealistic. But I don’t think that I am. Almost 10 years of Crowdfunding, and they have not delivered a retail product. For just one comparison, The Destiny FRANCHISE is only 2 years younger than this Kickstarter, and they’ve delivered 2 Retail products with 3 years of expansions each, and counting in the case of Destiny 2.

This kickstarter was begun in 2012 and has over 300 MILLION DOLLARS (and counting) put into it directly by players, who are supporting the idea of a game that changes MMOs forever.

Anything less than that is an abject failure at this point, and the inevitable Jason Schreier article about it will possibly be the most Legendary piece of Video Game Journalism….ever.

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Bruno Brito

It needs to be absolutely amazing and genre-changing, to the point where everything that came before it is immediately outdated, and it changes the way MMOs are designed forever.

You know what’s the problem with transcedental concepts like Justice and Love?

They don’t exist. You can’t ever achieve true justice because what’s fair to you can be unfair to me.

CIG will need to pull out of their collective behinds a perfect game. A game that everyone enjoys. A game that shows “we poured 500 million dollars in this shit, and it’ll make even your great-grandma wake from the grave to play it”.

What are the chances of that happening? Because i don’t see it. There’s no ammount of groundbreaking that SC can achieve that will be worth 500 million bucks.

Hence, the plan they seem to have for now is to keep things at a stalemate. Don’t launch. Keep on the dream camp.

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dreamer

While it could certainly be seen as impolite, I think the point is that Schreier is known for his behind-the-scenes exposes of big development failures–stories we otherwise would never have read. This seems like perfect fodder for him–regardless of how adept or worthy Massively’s own writers would be.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

my apologies for orphaning your response,

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dreamer

How dare! <3