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Star Citizen

4 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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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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Blast Off! Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 Released

"Scramble interceptors, make it so, call all cars, send in the clowns, and 3 2 1 blast off!" is what I imagine Chris Roberts shouted before smashing a big red button to launch Alpha 2.0 of Star Citizen [official site] on Saturday. "Nyoooommkkrrrrkkk!" he might have added, dashing around, his arms swept back like a sleek space fighter. I know that's what I'd do, though…

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Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 Rethinks Flight And Combat

There is much still unknown about Star Citizen [official site], the space game that's been crowd-funded to the tune of almost $100 million (I summarised the strange situation to date here), but one of the things that is known is how its essential dogfighting works. The Arena Combat module has been around for a little while now, and while some backers are delighted at the…

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Stars Amongst The Stars In Star Citizen

Hollywood actors including Harry Potter's Gary Oldman, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back's Mark Hamill, Sliders' John Rhys-Davies, Volume's Andy Serkis, Eastenders' Craig Fairbrass, and GILLIAN CHUFFING ANDERSON are lending their voices and faces to Squardron 42, the single-player side of Star Citizen [official site]. Creator Chris Roberts's years in Hollywood may not have produced much of note, but his crowdfunded space 'em up has…

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Now Hear This: Star Citizen FPS Dev Vid Goes Bang

Following a game's development for funsies is a funny thing I still don't fully understand, even after decades of doing it myself. I understand a bit more in These Here Modern Times when we sometimes pay for games before they're finished - barely even started, sometimes - but still, sometimes I squint at new evidence of the existence of a game no one ever said…

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Space Friends: Star Citizen’s Social Module Blasts Off

Star Citizen [official site] released the first iteration of its chatty Social Module a few days ago in Patch 1.2, with several areas for small numbers of players to wander around and chat together, which makes me wonder: isn't it time to rename the game Star Citizens? The Social Module was supposed to launch after the sandbox space 'em up's FPS aspect Star Marine but,…

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Chris Roberts Explains Star Citizen’s FPS Delay

Star Marine, the FPS side of Star Citizen [official site], was supposed to launch in April. The eventual grand plan includes integrating first-person face-shooting into the wider Star Citizen world, letting folks board ships and murder crews. As you'll have guessed by now, the barebones initial release did not come in April. Creator Chris Roberts explained in his latest Letter From the Chairman over the…

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5 years ago

Star Citizen 1.1 Launches, Adds Ship Rental And Landing

Between the approaching onslaught of both virtual reality and alternate reality, I can't shake the feeling that we're living inside a science fiction novel. Star Citizen [official site] isn't helping: version 1.1 is out now and includes two new ships, one of which costs up to $300. High priced microtransactions aren't new, but Star Citizen's ambitions are all a little too Back To Reality for…

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Roberts Wars: Star Citizen’s New Damage Model

Crowdfunding's fattest offspring, Star Citizen [official site], has a new damage model as showcased by a video of spaceships being lasered, blasted and generally having bits knocked off them. Chris Roberts' first person space MMO combat and trading sim thing has generally sounded to me like Eve meets Elite: Dangerous meets childhood Star Wars daydreaming. This video, however, made me think of Robot Wars when…

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Star Citizen FPS, Social Features Coming “In Short Order”

Star Citizen [official site] is like the videogame eight-year-olds design on notebook paper when they're supposed to be doing homework, only with actual development expertise and money behind it. That alone makes it fascinating. In his latest "Letter from the Chairman", chief eight-year-old Chris Roberts says that they'll soon be pulling those disparate notebook pages together, with "Arena Commander 1.1 (now with REC!), the FPS…

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Alpha Dog: Star Citizen Update Triples Its Playable Ships

The latter half of December belongs to Elite: Dangerous, but despite being perfectly gracious about that, Chris Roberts' rival space game Star Citizen has made a play for a little pre-Christmas action. Its Arena Commander playable module has had a big, fat '1.0' attached to it, and apparently triples how many ships you can burn money on fly. It's billed as "the most significant update"…

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Star Citizen Reveals FPS Component, Illfonic Developing

Star Citizen is all-consuming. It is the devouring omni-game, always in need of more genres to absorb. So comes the official reveal of the FPS 'module' of the game, used when not in the pilot seat, be that during planetfall, on stations or just popping out for a quick absolute zero stroll. As rumoured, it's being outsourced to Nexuiz developers Illfonic. Admiral Chris Roberts, complete…

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Star Citizen Goes Planetside: First On-Foot Video

Star Citizen's crowdfunding has been so successful that the space sim promised the moon. Or rather, it promised planets, and the ability to land on those planets and take part in ground-based exploring and fighting. This past week's second Citizen Con 2014 Chris Roberts presented the feature in rough form, showing the transition from space to a planet surface and then the player walking around…

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Star Citizen Update Adds New Controls, Top Gear Parody

When Star Citizen's combat module first took flight, there was frustration with its bugs and its controls. The massive patch 13, released on Saturday, works to address those complaints by introducing "additional controls for six degrees of freedom", a new set of control options, along with a few new game modes including the ability to race new ships against your friends. Also they've made a…

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The (48) Million Dollar Game: Star Citizen

The amount of money Star Citizen has made is getting slightly embarrassing now. It's more than various small nations' GDP. You could buy about five and a half tanks with it, or most of an ICBM. It's roughly 1000 times the average yearly wage of someone living in the UK. A big pile of cash, essentially, sourced from 500,000 folk at an average of just…

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3, 2, 1: Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Blasts Off

Star Citizen's dream of Internet spaceships has made its real steps into the tangible with the release this week of the crowdfunded space sim's 'dogfighting module,' more formally known as Arena Commander. Backers can now blast off in their ships and blast each other, getting the first real idea of what the game that's so far raised $44 million might actually be like. The Arena…

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Erp: Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Delayed Again

All systems were so very nearly go for a Star Citizen dogfighting module launch today. Chris Roberts and co told everyone to mark their calendars. There was a lot to be done before the big day, but not so much that the former Wing Commander commander-in-chief couldn't make all the nice outer space murder birdies fly. Or at least, that's what everybody thought last week.…

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