Star Citizen promotes its latest buyable ship, stays mum on Squadron 42 progress

But don't worry, players are still throwing money at CIG

    
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Star Citizen is having a busy August, what with the release of alpha 3.10 and breaking last year’s sales records and all. This week, Cloud Imperium released the Esperia Talon, the previously leaked light fighter, asking as much as $100 for the ship that won’t be flyable until December.

If that doesn’t put you off for some reason, you’ll want to swing by this week’s Inside Star Citizen, which focuses heavily on the new buyable ship, though there’s some Squadron 42 mo-cap toward the latter half.

For those more interested in the game’s environments, then skip that video and click the next one, as the VFX team sat for an episode of Star Citizen Live to talk shop.

The Star Citizen roadmap has also been updated again, but as our reader Andrew pointed out, CIG still hasn’t made good on its promise to explain the roadmap as it pertains to both games but especially Squadron 42, fans of which were up in arms over the lack of communication and progress nearly three weeks ago. Holding the studio accountable for those promises might be hard, however, since players have willingly handed over $3.3M to it just since the start of August.

Star Citizen Roadmap Update (2020-08-14) from starcitizen

Source: Inside Star Citizen, Reddit. Cheers, Andrew!
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Dean Greenhoe

I keep thinking.. how well will all that soon to be decade old equipment people bought for this game compete with the new stuff when it releases?

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Joe Blobers

There is no decade old equipment. Backers joined based on fact they will be able to test/play Alpha during development.
Placeholder assets have been updated over time at each technology breakthrough or improvement.
This is called iteration and is somehow mandatory while developing software from scratch and especially games.
For the same pledge price tag, backers do have indeed much more than what they pledged for back during kickstarter.

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Crowe

I could be wrong, but I think Dean is saying something like… Hey, people bought then-state-of-the-art PCs, video cards, etc. when planning for the original target release year. And those PCs are showing signs of age now and unlikely to be able to run the final release product well. If I’m correct, I definitely emphasize. Personally, the only equipment I specifically purchased for SC was a Thrustmaster HOTAS X. And it’s still in the box. Quite possibly, it will be outdated and/or unsupported by the time SC actually launches.

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Joe Blobers

Correct Crowe that could be another way to read it.
Don’t worry about any device like joystick. What matter are Device bios and system plugin into PC.
Most unit do use USB type and if you have issue with manufacturer software (like TARGET for Thrustmaster) you can use a better alternate: Joystick Gremlin.

SQ42+SC are modern games, they can support multiple type of inputs.

About PC, they do have a Development/Telemetry page on their main site gathering backers PC configuration vs FPS performance. Anyone with a 4 cores cpu like I5 or GTX 1070 equivalent GPU do score an average of 40 fps depending on location, Ultra-High setting on a 1440P monitor.

Not bad for an Alpha knowing optimization is always the last thing companies are doing.

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silverlock

So is SQ 42 no longer supposed to be the tutorial for SC?

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Joe Blobers

SQ42 was never intended to be a tutorial. This is a full Triple-A solo, sharing SC technology and many assets.
At end of SQ42 campaign, player will be able to join SC with a Citizen military rank rather than just a civilian. Access to special equipment may be granted.

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Sleepy

“We’re going to be dynamically adding content…we’re not interested in yearly updates. We’re going to have a team of people that are adding content on a weekly..ah every two weeks basis.

Snippit of Chris Roberts’ kickstarter pitch video…from 2012. It’s worth re-watching to remind ourselves just how mis-sold the whole thing originally was.

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xpsync

My big thing was this started a family feud, kinda (not really), was a couple days of my son (who was in “GRADE” school at the time) being all bent out of shape cause we wouldn’t buy him the whatever thousands of dollars package. Today we laugh about it.

I love to point out that, he was in grade school, a child who didn’t know any better at the time, now that he is older and has his own money he didn’t buy into this scam.

He was a “GRADE SCHOOL” kid, who graduated “HIGH SCHOOL” and nearing graduating “COLLEGE” If that doesn’t scream major problem to anyone then i don’t know what would?

Now we are mere moments away form the white knight “forgot their name again” from rolling on in and throwing around facts and figures and really it just sounds like someone that works there.

If you “really read” that blubber, it’s 100% sales pitch they (whoever) are trying to sell you on it. OMG really like only 40 bones or whatever lmao. I guess if you have over 300 million you can hire white knights.

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Joe Blobers

… Or you could laugh about yourself, pretending that more than 45$ is required or believing CIG hire any one to make any type of propaganda in comment section. LoL

The never stopping number of new Citizens at every Alpha speak by itself. No white knight, no magic hands, just individual understanding what Alpha means and able to compare features packed in this Alpha versus released games through several free to all weeks per year.

To summarize, what scream major problem is to start from “grade school” up to “nearing graduating college” and miss the most basics facts :)

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Crowe

Don’t take this personally as it is not meant as such… but you seem to come extremely hard/direct at anyone who posts anything that shows they are discontented with the progress made or the overall idea of the project. Whether you’re right or you’re wrong in your various points, you aren’t kind about it. If your tone was slightly different, I’m sure you’d have a positive impact on the commenters here rather than the negative one you seem to be accruing. (and FWIW, I’m a gold ticket holder, backer, and have put in some significant-to-me money for various SC items/packages in the past)

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Joe Blobers

I appreciate your point however I don’t believe a second some commenters can be influenced in any way.
It is not about discontented individual, that is fine. It is about individual who do lies purposely while pretending to have any type of expertise, with conclusion which are not only false but totally absurd.

My tone reflect that and I know how to be simply informative. Never forget this is internet. Most do behave differently than IRL. At the end it is more about theater comedy than amphitheater :)

SC is not successful because of any web comment sections. but because it is a unique product with zero competition of its kind. Not counting NMS, ED or EVE as competition as they do offer different experience to space lovers. SC is not superior to EVE or NMS. The more the better.

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Allen Kacz

Only a fool would send any more money to these people. They have no interest or intention to actually release a finished game. Why should they? Funding is at $310,000,000 and climbing! This is from a 2013 backer.

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Joe Blobers

They have +1.2 million individual backers, growing by +170.000 new citizens since last patch 3.9… despite “drama” roadmap.
If a company make 300M$ with an Alpha based on crowdfunded model, both things many never touch by personal conviction, what two fully polished ambitious games will gather?
Answer is simple: big revenues are made by number of people spending relatively small amount, not some spending several thousands.

Financially speaking, CIG have interest to release asap… a good product as revenues will explode with a massive flow of new backers.

This is from a 2013 backer as well.

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Richard de Leon III

They really have got to release something soon. You see smaller dev releasing full games for a fraction of what they have collected so far. I dare say it might do them well to release a stop gap game in the meantime to show off some of the lore but uses more contemporary systems and graphics. At least to sate the public in the meantime.

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Bruno Brito

They really have got to release something soon.

They really don’t.

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Art of Raw Gaming

No. They really do.

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Bruno Brito

They don’t.

They are having monumental highs just by selling dreams and concept ships. They don’t have to release anything. The idiots will keep fueling this.

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Tee Parsley

Minimum Viable Roadmap…..

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Zero_1_Zerum

I got in on the Kickstarter, I bought the cheapest ship package and I’m glad I did.

I got a card as a reward, and I keep it in my wallet to this day… to remind me to try not to be a sucker with my money.

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Robert Mann

New Cloud Imperium tagline: “We cannot sell dreams for less than 30 years, so please buy more artwork while we all wait. No promises what 30 years can do to a dream, of course…”

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Ashfyn Ninegold

You know, I’m disappointed.