Star Citizen announces October 9 date for all-virtual CitizenCon

    
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This won’t surprise anyone, I suspect: Cloud Imperium has once again opted for an all-virtual CitizenCon for Star Citizen fans this year.

“As circumstances continue to keep us from gathering in person, we’re bringing that electric CitizenCon energy to your homes in the form of an online show that’s open and accessible to everyone on Twitch,” the studio posted this morning, referring obliquely to the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic. “While we’re not ready to share the details just yet, you can expect a full day of events, panels, and entertainment (and yes, the cosplay contest is coming back!). It promises to be out of this world, or perhaps out of this system.”

The event – titled CitizenCon 2951 – actually runs on October 9th, so you have many months to wait.

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Relmharver
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Relmharver

Nice how much do I have to pay for a concept seat in the concept front row? I mean donate.

Leo
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Leo

ah the Star Citizen Annual Meeting is back! (this be a joke, don’t stab me)

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Tee Parsley

Shouldn’t that screen pic say, ‘The Adventure goes ever onwards’?

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MothballShow

Maybe they’ll have a retrospective from 2019 and 2020 to show how much they’ve accomplished in the past year.

(Yes, that was sarcasm.)

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CMDR_Cotic

Things they said would be delivered in 2020:

iCache.
Making a homestead on a planet. Deploying defences etc.
“Persistence for resources” on planets etc. Essentially brings exploration.
Background Universe simulation.
Jump points & a new solar system.
Pyro specifically, with its lawlessness etc.
Refuelling and salvage.
Theatres of War.
Prisons

Things they actually delivered:
Prisons.

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Bruno Brito

Things they actually delivered:
Prisons.

Soooo…in this game where you look at non-implemented pretty things…your punishment is to look at non-implemented pretty things inside a cell?

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Joe Blobers

Fine all you describe is going to be released in the next upcoming patch(s). Did missing icache in 2020 changed your life… make Fallout 76 better, Anthem finished or CP2077 not heavily cut and bugs free?

New backers are joining because they can’t find in others games what SC provide in Alpha… Others backers are either playing or waiting for specific gameplay to be added because not others publishers is going to deliver it, ever, especially in 2021/22 with more gameplay, persistence and stability implemented.
The gap was pretty clear to +1.000.000 individual backers in 2020 and going to significantly increase in 2021/22.

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Greaterdivinity

Yeah, but can I attend it in my pixel ship in SC?

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Bruno Brito

Yo dawg i heard you like sims, so i put a concept ship on your concept convention, so you can not play while you not play.

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Bruno Brito

Now even the con is concept-only.

Hah.

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squid

Well, it’s definitely a con…

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Armsman

The should have gone 100% virtual with these things a long time ago. I attended one Citizen Con in person (the one in Los Angeles in 2016); and in person it was a nightmare and leaving the venue area (because of how you had to do parking was a nightmare and took longer than usual for that part of L.A.

After I got home, the next day I watched the recorded live presentation – and found I got more info from that then sitting there live the previous day.

Plus whenever they do these live, it’s a larger disruption to the ACTUAL DEVELOPMENT of the game itself (IE – the developers are away for days and not able to do anything WRT actual development.) Doing it live probably costs them the equivalent of one full month a year (probably best case).

Doing it remotely like this should (at worst) will most likely cost the actual developers a week of development time.

So yeah, as a backer (Who yes, still wonders if/when the current tech demo they run now will ever get to a state where there’s actually a fun/enjoyable game to play); I see this as a good thing. CIG needs to make the actual DEVELOPMENT of both SC and SQ42 the prime focus and stop with these live in person ‘celebrations’ of a job not really done yet.

Oh, and no, I don’t think doing Citizen Con virtually and opposed to Live will hurt their cashflow paradigm in any way.

I just hope they can make it to the finish line and release something (like say Squadron 42) in a playable and enjoyable state before I’m dead, (I was 49 when they started the Crowdfunding Campaign, and I first pledged any cash support, and 58 now…I HOPE I’ll see something resembling an actual playable game before I’m 65. Time will tell I guess.)

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Tee Parsley

Absolutely right on the virtues of an online con as opposed to an in-person one. Not even considering the tenor of the pandemic times. A month of wasted dev time per convention is what I was told by my Origin pals. And that was back then. They certainly don’t need the disruption of trying to produce a convention on top of everything else.

My opinion of Chris (still referred to locally as a narcissistic egomaniac by one of his early collaborators) is that he got off on the fanboy adulation, the strutting around on stage, etc.

They certainly have enough disruption otherwise, with their alpha testbed as service model methods already. Don’t need more than what is already baked in.