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Star Citizen

2 months ago

Star Citizen adds mining in latest update

After almost five years on the early access assembling pad, Star Citizen continues to have new booster rockets and decals attached. The space sim launched alpha version 3.2.0 over the weekend, strapping on the thrilling ability to mine spacerock. Hey, it's a living. Mining is supposed to eventually become a core part of the space sandbox MMO's economy, though without half the rest of the…

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7 months ago

Star Citizen devs ask court to dismiss Crytek’s lawsuit

The makers of Star Citizen have declared that the lawsuit against them by CryEngine makers Crytek "sacrifices legal sufficiency for loud publicity", and asked the court to dismiss it. Crytek have claimed that Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) broke the contract under which they licensed CryEngine to build their space sim upon. CIG say these claims are tosh, mostly disproved by a simple look at the…

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8 months ago

Watch an hour of Star Citizen’s campaign, Squadron 42

Despite reports of a brewing legal struggle between Star Citizen studio Cloud Imperium Games and one-time engine partners Crytek, the enormously crowdfunded studio have released another big chunk of gameplay footage, this time focused solely on Squadron 42, the story-driven singleplayer campaign mode. It's a broad mix of gameplay styles, showing off everything from dialogue to dogfighting, some zero-G EVA exploration and a chunk of…

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And now it’s Star Citizen vs Crytek

It wouldn't be 2012-2018 (and who knows how much longer) without a Star Citizen controversy. Chris Robert's mega-crowdfunded space-everything game has been subject to a great deal of scrutiny about what it's spent its half-decade and its $173 million dollars on, but a brand new curveball is that his studios Cloud Imperium Games and Roberts Space Industries are being sued by Crysis and CryEngine makers…

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9 months ago

An hour of space tourism with Star Citizen 3.0

It wasn’t until developer Cloud Imperium began showing off Star Citizen's alpha 3.0 that I started to get interested in Chris Roberts’ baby. Sure, the ambitious plans have always sounded impressive, but only recently has it started to look like there’s a hint of cohesion, that there’s a game in there I might like to play. In August, Roberts and co showcased all manner of…

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11 months ago

Blocktober: a beautiful insight into how game worlds are built

Interested in how the games sausage gets made? Yes? Then you need to be following Blocktober. No? Then you need to be following Blocktober. It's a hashtag - no, come back - on Twitter this month, at which level designers on games big, small and yowza, really big are showing off what their creations looked like before artists and graphics programmers went and covered up…

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2 years ago

Feature: It's gonna be a good year

The PC games of 2017 mega-preview

As Old Father Time grabs his sickle and prepares to take ailing 2016 around the back of the barn for a big sleep, we're looking to the future. The mewling pup that goes by the name 2017 will come into the world soon and we must prepare ourselves for its arrival. Here at RPS, our preparations come in the form of this enormous preview feature,…

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Star Citizen opens up with weekly production schedules

Star Citizen [official site] developers Cloud Imperium Games have always spokenly about their big dreams for the space sandbo but been a bit hazier on the specifics of what's coming when. That's changing. Four years after Star Citizen's initial crowdfunding campaign ended, CIG have started issuing huge weekly updates on development, not just with target release dates but the whole internal schedule too. If you've…

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Star Citizen Summons Sandworm, Squadron 42 Delay

Los Angeles was all Star Citizen [official site] a-go-go last weekend, hosting the spaceship game's annual CitizenCon celebration. Cloud Imperium Games took to the stage to update fans on what they've been up to, and show off future work-in-progress versions. Bad news: this does include a delay for the singleplayer companion game Squadron 42, now pushed out of 2016 into... who knows? On the flipside,…

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Roberts Acknowledges Some Of Star Citizen’s Woes In Tell-All Investigation

If you're interested in crowdfunded space sandbox Star Citizen [official site], do set aside 45 minutes to settle down with a cup of tea and read Kotaku UK's mega-feature on the game's troubled development. Julian Benson has spent seven months talking with people who've been working on it, from displeased devs who wish to remain anonymous up to the big cheese himself, Chris Roberts. It's…

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Star Citizen Shows Off Alpha 3.0’s Seamless World

Fancy space games are certainly more common now than when Star Citizen [official site] was announced but Cloud Imperium's space 'em up is still the flashiest. The devs are still working on its core elements and pulling them together into a concrete whole, but that's starting to look pretty dang swish all right. During Gamescom last week they showed off an hour-long gameplay preview of…

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Take To The Stars With Star Citizen’s Free Fly Week

Star Citizen [official site] is an ambitious game inciting a fair share of both awe and controversy. The space sim has smashed crowdfunding records, raising over $100 million, and those numbers continue to climb three years later although the game's is still in alpha. Star Citizen promises a lot, including ultra-powerful, as of yet imaginary, spaceships that cost thousands of dollars. The game's future is…

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Star Citizen Backer Gets $2550 Refund After Attorney General of Los Angeles Gets Involved

A backer of Star Citizen [official site] has successfully received a refund of $2550 from Cloud Imperium Games after bringing his complaints about the company to the L.A. Attorney General and consumer watchdogs, including the Federal Trade Commission. He went on to publicly post his correspondence with all the people involved, so everyone can see how laborious the process was.

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Feature: The state of games on Kickstarter in 2016

Kickstarter’s Head Of Games: “Kickstarter Fatigue Only Lasts Until Someone Sees Their Favourite Game Pop Up”

At this year's Develop conference in Brighton, I grabbed an hour with keynote speaker Luke Crane, Head of Games at Kickstarter, to talk about the state of play of videogames on the crowdfunding platform in 2016. Discussed: what makes a good project now, the odds of making it, 'Kickstarter fatigue' and the question of glory days, Kickstarter's reaction to funded projects that are not then…

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Star Citizen Launches Another Free Trial Week

For millennia, humanity has stared at the skies on a Monday morning and thought "Blast me off this godforsaken rock and end me in nuclear fire." We're a dramatic sort. You can come close to that this Monday, though, as Star Citizen [official site] is holding another 'Free Fly' week until next Monday. All and sundry can peep at Cloud Imperium's crowdfunded spaceship 'em up,…

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3 years ago

Star Citizen’s Sandbox/Campaign Split Explained

This Sunday will see crowdfunded space 'em up Star Citizen [official site] split into two games, the MMO-y sandbox Star Citizen and the singleplayer campaign Squadron 42. Sort of. Not really. It's two separate 'packages', at least. As this has evidently surprised some, developers Cloud Imperium Games have explained more about what it is, saying they'd "like to clear up some confusion about exactly what's…

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Offblast! Star Citizen Free To Try This Week

You might hear a lot about Star Citizen [official site], about its grand visions for a sandbox universe and about its $107 million crowdfunded by selling virtual spaceships, but what's the game actually like now? Is it worth paying for? Well, you can read Alec's thoughts or you can now go see for yourself. For another few days, a 'Free Fly' event lets all and…

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Feature: Is now the time to get on board?

Star Citizen 2.0’s Big Problems & Bigger Improvements

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas a game. Maybe not a lot, actually, but certainly a little. Star Citizen [official site] 2.0, as the latest alpha update calls itself, is out now and tries to expand the scope of the long-in-the-making, $100 million space game in addition to improving its core fight'n'flight aspect. So the big question is: is now the time to…

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Feature:

Star Citizen Showcases Procedurally Generated Planets

Star Citizen [official site], you may have noticed, has received a fair amount of attention lately. That's probably because it recently launched its Alpha 2.0 and also surpassed $100 million via its on-going crowd funding initiative - a total accrued in just over three years. If you're not clued up on all that is Star Citizen, it's well worth checking out Alec's Star Citizen 101:…

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