Star Citizen developer CIG already has studios in the US, UK, and Germany. What it didn’t have was a studio in Montreal, Canada, up until a partnership with Turbulent that will now see a new studio open up in Montreal to help with the development of Star Citizen’s PU.
For those wondering just what Turbulent is, the announcement describes the company as a business that “helps ambitious companies unlock the potential of their audience” by creating “custom technology that increases revenue, improves processes and enriches user experience.” CIG has already held hands with Turbulent prior to this new studio’s announcement, working with the company eight years ago to help develop CIG’s web presence as well as its publishing and platform capabilities, and then acquiring a minority stake in 2019.
What this means specifically for Star Citizen’s case is that the new studio will develop new tools to enhance the game’s existing pipeline, create new locations and features, and build entire new star systems. The new Turbulent studio is expected to grow its head count to 100 over the next three years.
As for current events in the game, the ongoing IAE free fly event was the launchpad for the debut of the Mercury Star Runner spacecraft, a shiny new courier ship that can haul physical cargo as well as data and sports three turrets, dual laser repeaters, and a missile battery. The Star Runner was available to fly for free during yesterday’s Crusader portion of the expo; today will be host to Tumbril Land Systems for anyone keeping track.