Posts Tagged ‘Star Citizen’

Liftoff: First Star Citizen Dogfight Looks Pretty, Buggy

By Nathan Grayson on April 14th, 2014.

So it was promised, so shall it be. Chris Roberts said he’d lift the lid on Star Citizen‘s long-awaited dogfighting module in April, and now here we are. Previously, a sleepy hangar was The Final Frontier, but below you can watch Roberts take one giant leap into space’s infinite, gleaming black. It looks absolutely beautiful, but yeeeeeeeah this is still a very, very early game.

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Free Space: Star Citizen Safe From Oculus-Style Sale

By Nathan Grayson on April 2nd, 2014.

Next stretch goal: the ability to record my own sound effects for the entire game so I can go 'FWOOOOOOOOOOSHWHEEEEEEEEE' every time a ship does this.

These are uncertain times. Oculus Rift got purchased by Facebook, and let’s face it: anyone could be next. You are probably cowering under some form of social-media-proof mountain outcropping as we speak. There really is precedent in Oculus’ actions, though. A large-scale Kickstarter project opted to pick the path of least less independence. And they gained a lot by doing so. One company that won’t be selling, though? Star Citizen developer Roberts Space Industries.

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Star Citizen Dev Team 200-Strong, Dogfighting In April

By Nathan Grayson on March 5th, 2014.

If Chris Roberts slipped and hurt his knee, would that be called a Roberts Space Injury?

Is it already time for more Star Citizen news here on Rock Citizen Stargun? My my, what a total and completely unexpected shock. For real, though, Chris Roberts has lifted his company’s space-age, radiation-proof hood to reveal some rather interesting info, so let’s talk about Wing Commander’s $40 million little brother again, shall we? Today we have two orders of business: Star Citizen’s dev team size (PREDICTABLY QUITE LARGE) and the long-awaited dogfighting module’s release window. Hm, this article’s headline already tells you both those things. I guess you can leave now.

Or go below for a bit more detail. Your call.

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Star Citizen’s Biggest Goal Yet: A Procedural Gen Team

By Nathan Grayson on February 25th, 2014.

Star Citizen is going to be colossal. That was never in question. Then it became even more not in question with the crowdfunded additions of everything from first-person combat to facial capture tech to a collaboration with Kingdom Come to probably, like, the virtually reanimated consciousness of Chris Roberts himself, a beaming face of ceaseless encouragement winking at you from the stars. But those are all handcrafted bits and bytes. They are finite, limited by the work of human hands. Thus, given proper funding (which they will no doubt receive), Roberts and co would like to bring on a full-blown procedural generation team. The goal is to procedurally whip up “entire planets worth of exploration and development content.” And then Star Citizen was all the games.

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Space Team: Kingdom Come And Star Citizen Collaborating

By Nathan Grayson on February 19th, 2014.

I don't even know what I was thinking.

But not on a version of the delightful mobile game Space Team. Sometimes my headlines get away from me, take on lives of their own, and begin pulling nefarious pranks on innocent passersby. I apologize. I blame the public schooling system. But anyway, the two members of Kickstarter’s Might As Well Be Triple-A contingent, Star Citizen and Kingdom Come: Deliverance, are joining forces to sensually swap technology and probably tell each other all kinds of deeply personal secrets. I hope Star Citizen gets space horses. (Which, when couched in the previous metaphor, sounds like some kind of infectious disease. Clarification: I do not hope that Star Citizen gets the fictitious disease Space Horses.)

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Warhorse On Kingdom Come’s Kickstarter, Episodic Plans

By Nathan Grayson on January 22nd, 2014.

If Mafia-director-led team Warhorse has its way, Kingdom Come: Deliverance will be gigantic. Like, hundreds of hours gigantic, when it’s all said and done. But this is a smaller team designing a colossal open world full of stories, NPCs, and – yes – warhorses. It was never going to be easy. So Warhorse is doing two things to stave off the monetary death siege banging down its doors: 1) slicing the main plot up into three episodic acts and, yes, 2) going to Kickstarter. But even a successful £300,000 crowdfunding drive won’t be enough to pull this cart over the figurative mountain. A mysterious outside benefactor will handle the rest, apparently. I spoke with director Daniel Vávra about how that will affect the game, if players will still influence development, and whether hacking such a cohesive world into pieces will hurt the final product. 

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Warpdrive Disengage: Star Citizen Dogfighting Delayed

By Nathan Grayson on December 18th, 2013.

i never understood why they call it dogfighting i mean most dogs don't even fly

I suppose we should’ve seen this coming. Between the launch of multiple satellite studios and a big, fat hint that this exact thing would happen from Chris Roberts himself, it was pretty much telegraphed via the medium of outer space hyper-com laser beam (“Communication so effective it kills, serving the public since 2873″). Star Citizen‘s dogfighting module has been delayed by multiple months in the name of getting a full server backend up-and-running, as opposed to coasting along on CryEngine 3′s primitive default option, which presumably consists of a series of immaculately rendered turtles that you hurl through each others’ windows.

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Rodina’s Release Date Revealed And I Am Relieved

By Craig Pearson on December 4th, 2013.


Now that X Rebirthhas been exposed as a massive black hole of fun, and following a state mandated period of mourning, I’m back on the hunt for the next good space game. Let’s see… there’s Elite: Dangerous: the first closed beta combat tests that should start this month, which is exciting, but it’s only available to the people who pledged £200 in the Kickstarter/pre-order push. Star Citizen is looking as pretty as ever, though access to the dog-fighting alpha is now looking unlikely to occur this year. Enemy Starfighter will definitely get a big hug from me when I play it, though that’s unlikely to be for months. Ditto for Limit Theory. Rogue System looks like systemic, hardcore space joy, but it also won’t be out for months. Ooh, Rodina! A space exploration and combat game influenced by the likes of Star Fox and The Elder Scrolls. That’s next. And it’s out next week! You’ve saved Christmas!
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Star Citizen Smashes $31m, Squadron 42 Enhanced

By Nathan Grayson on November 26th, 2013.

I wonder when we'll unlock the ship that's just a giant Squadron 42 logo.

As surely as the Earth keeps on spinning and the sun looms precariously, waiting for the day when our brittle atmosphere crumbles away so it can boil us all into bleeding scabs that scar the planet’s skin, Star Citizen keeps on pulling in millions of dollars. It’s now jumped all the way past the $31 million mark, which means a) Star Citizen gets an “interstellar super yacht,” b) Chris Roberts and co have enough money to buy a real interstellar super yacht, and c) single-player story-based Wing Commander successor Squadron 42 gets some serious upgrades. Details and video below.

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Star Citizen Will ‘NEVER’ Be Dumbed Down For Consoles

By Nathan Grayson on November 19th, 2013.

But you guys, we'll never get Killzone: Ominous Name or whatever it's called! Oh nooooooooooooooooooooo

Everyone, you might want to brace yourselves. The Internet finally pushed Chris Roberts too far, and he broke out the capital letters to set every last record straight. Are you worried that Star Citizen might eventually make a lightspeed jump to consoles and somehow compromise its sun, moon, and stars-eclipsing vision in the process? Well, FUCKING STOP IT. He didn’t actually say that, but I’m a rebel maverick games journalist who lives on the edge and has nothing to lose. Nothing. I read between the lines. And over them, under them, through them, around them, in a box, and with a fox. Lines are just a social construct. I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore. It’s been a weird day. But perhaps Chris Roberts will clarify it all after the break.

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Chris Roberts Details Squadron 42, Takes On Doubters

By Nathan Grayson on November 8th, 2013.

Star Citizen this, Star Citizen that. It’s in the news significantly more often than any real space program, and it’s probably better funded at this point too. Personally, I still can’t help but question Chris Roberts’ and co’s ability to pull it off, but I’m now much less doubtful that their aspirations are sincere. I recently lobbed all the skepticism I could at each of Roberts’ claims, and he backed them up with dates, times, and plans to prove he’s not just blasting hot air into the empty blackness of our bank accounts. Look for that mammoth back-and-forth very soon. First, though, Squadron 42. The single-player story-based spin-off kind of disappeared after Star Citizen’s initial announcement, but apparently it’s benefiting from Roberts’ lightspeed jump into the Implausible Wealth Nebula just as much as its big brother. According to Roberts, it’s now just as big as anything he could’ve done working with EA to make a new Wing Commander.

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