Cloud Imperium Video games has held its CitizenCon occasion – albeit in digital type – and it confirmed off numerous new options coming to the house sport.
Nonetheless, there was no stay gameplay demo and no launch dates supplied for any a part of the controversial, long-in growth sport.
And Squadron 42, the story-based sport set to star Hollywood actors, was a no-show.
CitizenCon kicked off with a short message from CIG founder and CEO Chris Roberts, who talked concerning the problem of shifting some 720 folks to working from house on account of the pandemic. Regardless of this, Roberts stated, 2020 and 2021 have been sturdy for the sport, with the variety of each day gamers on common two to 3 instances increased than at this level in 2019.
What adopted was a sequence of pre-recorded movies every specializing in a distinct side of Star Citizen’s growth. The spotlight, maybe, was the Life In The ‘Verse panel, under, which affords a guided tour of the present in-game universe and a have a look at Pyro, the following system attributable to 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 received a kick out of seeing the Origin 400i starship:
However CitizenCon didn’t ship a headline-grabbing announcement similar to a launch date – or perhaps a launch window – that CIG is focusing on as a way 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 aren’t 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 the moment 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 identify with within the ’90s. CIG has launched flashy trailers for the sport, starring digital recreations of Hollywood actors similar to Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, Gary Oldman and Mark Sturdy, nevertheless it has but to turn into playable for backers in any type.
Star Citizen’s lengthy and controversial growth is well-documented, and Roberts has come beneath 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 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.