Cloud Imperium Video games has held its CitizenCon occasion – albeit in digital type – and it confirmed off plenty of new options coming to the area recreation.
Nevertheless, there was no reside gameplay demo and no launch dates supplied for any a part of the controversial, long-in improvement 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 folks to working from dwelling because of the pandemic. Regardless of this, Roberts mentioned, 2020 and 2021 have been robust for the sport, with the variety of each day gamers on common two to a few instances greater than at this level in 2019.
What adopted was a collection of pre-recorded movies every specializing in a special facet of Star Citizen’s improvement. The spotlight, maybe, was the Life In The ‘Verse panel, under, which affords a guided tour of the present in-game universe and a take a look at Pyro, the subsequent system resulting from be added to the sport, and its fancy volumetric clouds.
This is one of many best-looking clips proven in the course of the panel:
Gamers additionally bought a kick out of seeing the Origin 400i starship:
However CitizenCon didn’t ship a headline-grabbing announcement equivalent to a launch date – or perhaps a launch window – that CIG is focusing on with a purpose 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 in the course of 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 in the course of 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 equivalent to Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, Gary Oldman and Mark Sturdy, nevertheless it has but to develop into playable for backers in any type.
Star Citizen’s lengthy and controversial improvement is well-documented, and Roberts has come below hearth 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 area 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.