Star Citizen outlines improvements to the Xenothreat event and offers a peek at the Ninetails event

    
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If you’re among those who believe that dynamic events in Star Citizen have room for improvement, know that folks in CIG agree with you. Thus, this week’s episode of Inside Star Citizen talks about plans for improving the Xenothreat event; expect clearer objective details and informative dialogue, better friendly fire recognition and penalties, the opportunity to earn rewards via the game’s reputation system, and a change to the Javelin resupply and protection phases.

On the subject of events, the video also offers a quick look at Star Citizen’s next event known as Ninetails Lockdown. This event runs for approximately four hours (instead of over several days) and sees players either helping Crusader liberate a space station that’s been overrun by pirates or helping the pirates hold territory. The Ninetails event will have four phases as well, but only two of those phases — a point where players choose sides and the initial clash — were detailed in the video.

The second half of the video has another sprint report, taking a look at new visual effects for dust being kicked up on planetary surfaces by ship maneuvering thrusters; new fire and smoke effect previews; another round of hospital previews; some new in-game company logos; updates to the interiors of the Aegis Retaliator and Aegis Redeemer as well as exterior updates for the Ares Starfighter; some peeks at Drake Interplanetary-specific HUD designs; and yet another look at Orison lighting.

source: YouTube
Longtime MMORPG gamers will know that Star Citizen was originally Kickstarted for over $2M back in 2012 with a planned launch for 2014. As of 2021, it still lingers in an incomplete but playable alpha, having raised around $350M from gamers over years of continuing crowdfunding and sales of in-game ships and other assets. It is currently the highest-crowdfunded video game ever and has endured both indefatigable loyalty from advocates and immense skepticism from critics. A co-developed single-player title, Squadron 42, has also been repeatedly delayed.
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Joe Blobers

A very good ISC, full of contents showing clear progress in all area, including one which is essential: events integrating more features, thanks to data-mining done by CIG, up to tracking down players tactics to improve future events.

Exactly what backers are expecting… among others things like 3 new gameplay coming by end of the year.

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MothballShow

“…coming by end of the year.”

This is a familiar refrain, and always gets repeated the following year.

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Bruno Brito

Maybe this time, eh?

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Bruno Brito

Oh, i’m saving that and posting everywhere.

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Joe Blobers

No problem. I save this very comment as well, so I can copy/paste it when needed :)

Date was based on CIG estimate. Backers don’t exchange any date versus fake prophecies, because as we know since a decade, date of release are a guarantee of quality and respect of gamer…. Right? That also have been proven wrong and is part of the support received by CIG.

Strangely enough, this is an extract in which I mention a specific person….

It just prove my point: MothballShow is not a genuine guy passing by, looking to protect LGBT rights but was another trick to deliberately try to hurt SC community and CIG. Which failed as usual like all others attempt to create new ‘devastating’ meme :)

Meanwhile in SC community: Star Citizen – Show Us Your Colors 2021

By the way, feel free to save “collapse 90 days top for sure” or “space to planet without transition is decades away” and others prophecies that was all going to be the start of the end: Crytek claims was one of them, “CIG will not let players get ships for in game credits ” was another meme, Austin office shutting down…

Still all my points in this extract are correct, especially the last sentence:
“Backers do not care about a date of release but consistence contents release which is the case since 3.0″… plus 200.000 new individual backers just in 2020.

Have an excellent weekend!

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MothballShow

So what you’re saying is CIG lies or they’re imcompetent.

Pick one.

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Tee Parsley

How about all three??

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MothballShow

What I like best is that it doesn’t take much for Joe to go off the rails. It’s Shame that his predictions never lived up to the hype, but that’s all on CR.

Joe defends the indefensible, as you’ll see in his rebuttal.

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Joe Blobers

MothballShow your mask as fallen: You are one of those hater doing whatever possible to try discrediting CR and community.

You have already failed but keep coming lol

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MothballShow

Case and point. Thanks Joe.

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Joe Blobers

PLEASE feel free to ping me back in Q1 next year (3 quarters) to demonstrate they did not released a single new gameplay :)

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MothballShow

Screenshotting this, because you’ve been hilariously wrong for the past 6 years.

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Joe Blobers

Last 6 years:
* Mid2014: change of scope for 2 ambitious games: solo + MO

* + 2.694.000 new registered accounts (+1.000.00 individual backers joining an alpha in heavy development)

* + 330M$ with several free weeks per year so everyone can test/play some of the latest quarterly patch

So keep laughing Mothballshow. You trigger nothing but another opportunity to present facts:

– The game is supported more every year because of CR and backers support,
– Naysayers/haters keep trying to create new ‘drama’ (LGBT) or to explain that competency = date… lol.
The all decade prove the opposite. Released because of date = disillusion

Screenshot that one as well :)

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Ardra Diva

I came for the excited posts about dust blowing from thrusters. I’ll wait.

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Bruno Brito

Thrust blowing from dusters.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

The first Xenothreat event was my favorite multiplayer thing they’ve done in the game so far.

That being said, calling that a dynamic event is pretty funny. Guild Wars 2 which came out almost a decade ago now has actual dynamic events by the dozens that dovetail into other events based on whether the map passes or fails. Some last for minutes, some last for hours but those are actual dynamic events. ArenaNet also seems to have found an actual content creation pipeline for this type of thing that CIG just can’t wrap their heads around. I’ll be really interested in playing this new event that’s months after the first iteration to see how glacially slow their development is.

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Joe Blobers

Yes Xenothreat event was good as it start to show what is CIG’s DNA: offer pure solo gameplay (Q42), MMO (SC), events like Xenothreat or Ninetails Lockdown, dedicated fps module (Theater Of War). All possible because they are sharing same codes, assets and features.

Still it is always fascinating to see game comparison that are sequels of others games with a fraction of scope…

ArenaNet founded in 2000 by former employees of Blizzard Entertainment who played important roles in developing the video games Warcraft, Warcraft 2, StarCraft, Diablo, Diablo II, and the Battle.net gaming network… also a subsidiary of NCsoft, a 24 years old company.

So twice older companies with experienced employees doing what they always done, developed WG2 from WG1 codes and lore, refresh it while adding dynamic events.
This is the trademark of WG2 from start versus less WG1 dynamic extension… and they are doing better event than CIG, starting from scratch, company, codes and lore included, with a way bigger scope? Absolutely shocking.

No CIG is not wrapping their head around about events.
Star Citizen – Dynamic Events

As you mention pipeline created by ArenaNet, you probably can extrapolate the same concept to CIG: creating pipeline for more dynamic events while building 2 ambitious game.

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MothballShow

LOL

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styopa

Any updates on the “release as commercial product” event?

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Paragon Lost

Or hell, even a date for beta would be nice.

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Tee Parsley

No reason for them to do that: They’ve already shown that they can’t manage any deadlines becau….Squirrel!!

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EmberStar

Just because I can’t pass up the chance to bludgeon a joke:

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Vanquesse V

Or their “persistent server” being actually persistent. This bothers me more than it should, but it is really annoying as it muddies search results.