CIG announces plans to open a new Manchester UK studio in May 2022

    
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How many studio locations does it take for Star Citizen to get made? At least one more, apparently, as CIG has announced that it will be opening a new studio in Enterprise City in Manchester, UK, sometime in May 2022.

According to the company, it currently employs more than 700 people total, with 400 of them based in Wilmslow, Cheshire. But the Wilmslow team will be moving to the new location in Enterprise City’s Manchester Goods Yard. CIG’s press release claims the new studio is set to create 700 new jobs for the area by 2023, with over 1,000 more new jobs expected over the next five years, but it is unclear from this announcement whether those figures include or are in addition to the existing headcounts.

Meanwhile, Star Citizen itself continues to roll through the PTS phases of alpha 3.15, and has also kicked off its fall referral bonus that offers a free Argo MPUV-1C cargo ship. Finally, an announcement from the devs confirms that alpha 3.15.1 will introduce Easy Anti-Cheat to the game.

sources: press release, official forums (1, 2), official site, cheers Cotic!
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Raleigh-St-Clair

These people… more money, more people, more offices, more everything than most other games in history and here we are, all these years on, and still nothing coherent. They really have zero shame. But I guess as long as they have fans who have drunk the Kool Aid, white knighting them instead of turning a critical eye to proceedings, they can do it for another decade.

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Sleepy

So…about 20 devs creating ships, and a 650 man marketing department to sell them then.

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Armsman

It’s not a new studio per se, they’re moving to a larger office space; so in effect it’s an office expansion.

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Felix Stone

I somehow doubt they will “create 700 new jobs for the area by 2023, with over 1,000 more new jobs expected over the next five years.”

I am not going to predict their demise, but I doubt they will be able to increase JPEG revenues to account for 300-700 new employees over the 2023-2026 period.

There may of course be some tax scamming or some other scheme, but I doubt it could fully (or even significantly) cover the cost of the new hires.

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Tee Parsley

Wow, that level of staffing would be flirting with 100 million a year in development costs.

Also doesn’t speak to any sort of imminent release window.

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MothballShow

I’m sure the Calders will cover the cost.

It’s also possible that this is a sign they are ramping up to the release of… something other than a new concept ship.

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Godnaz

I am not going to predict their demise, but I doubt they will be able to increase JPEG revenues to account for 300-700 new employees over the 2023-2026 period.

I said this about them expanding from 300 to 700 employees a few years back when they opened those new studios across 3 continents. Yet they continue to defy and rake in a ton of cash.

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Dagget Burmese

I’d be curious to know if their Cheshire site had originally offered some tax discounts etc to have them locate there and if those benefits are about to expire, causing CIG to look for another host location offering incentives.