Cloud Imperium Video games has held its CitizenCon occasion – albeit in digital type – and it confirmed off numerous new options coming to the house recreation.
Nonetheless, there was no stay gameplay demo and no launch dates supplied for any a part of the controversial, long-in growth recreation.
And Squadron 42, the story-based recreation set to star Hollywood actors, was a no-show.
CitizenCon kicked off with a quick message from CIG founder and CEO Chris Roberts, who talked in regards to the problem of shifting some 720 individuals to working from house because of the pandemic. Regardless of this, Roberts stated, 2020 and 2021 have been robust for the sport, with the variety of day by day gamers on common two to a few occasions larger than at this level in 2019.
What adopted was a sequence of pre-recorded movies every specializing in a special side of Star Citizen’s growth. The spotlight, maybe, was the Life In The ‘Verse panel, beneath, which provides a guided tour of the present in-game universe and a take a look at Pyro, the subsequent system because of be added to the sport, and its fancy volumetric clouds.
This is one of many best-looking clips proven through the panel:
Gamers additionally received a kick out of seeing the Origin 400i starship:
However CitizenCon did not ship a headline-grabbing announcement comparable to a launch date – or perhaps a launch window – that CIG is concentrating on to be able to ship what it considers the “definitive” model of Star Citizen, as Roberts described it within the opening remarks.
Star Citizen’s current roadmap pegs the three.15 replace for launch through the third quarter of 2021 – so it is already late. three.16 is due out by the tip of the 12 months. three.17 is due out through the first quarter of 2022, and three.18 is tentatively set for the second quarter of subsequent 12 months. There are not any launch home windows set past this level.
And what of Squadron 42? A 12 months in the past, in October 2020, Roberts admitted CIG “nonetheless have a methods to go” earlier than Squadron 42 even hits beta. Squadron 42 is at present seven years behind its authentic supply goal.
Squadron 42 is supposed to be a cinematic, star-studded story-based single-player journey akin to the Wing Commander video games Roberts made his title with within the ’90s. CIG has launched flashy trailers for the sport, starring digital recreations of Hollywood actors comparable to Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, Gary Oldman and Mark Sturdy, nevertheless it has but to change into playable for backers in any type.
Star Citizen’s lengthy and controversial growth is well-documented, and Roberts has come beneath fireplace for years now for failing to launch the sport, or present a goal launch date. CIG makes cash by promoting starter packs, subscriptions and digital house ships. In March, the game shot through the $350m raised mark from over three million customers. Star Citizen is now as much as over $390m raised.
Almost $2m was made yesterday, ninth September – the day of CitizenCon.