Cloud Imperium Games, the company that is responsible for developing Star Citizen, has recently published a pair of new movies that illustrate some of the development progress that has been achieved on both Star Citizen and Squadron 42. The first video is part of the series titled “Star Citizen Oops, All Sprint Report,” and it discusses some of the new features that are in the process of being conceptualized and prototyped. The second video is an in-depth live stream that demonstrates the creation of derelict outposts, and it can be viewed here.
In the video titled “Oops, All Sprint Report 3,” the emphasis is placed on new and improved AI and NPC behaviors. This includes new procedurally-generated take-off and landing paths taken by NPC-controlled ships to make them look more natural, randomized walking speeds for NPCs, and the ability for NPCs to now detect conversations between players or other NPCs in order to avoid collision by walking around the conversation. All of these features were implemented in order to make the game more immersive.
According to the video, it also demonstrated new pieces of equipment that may be used within the game, with a particular focus on the usefulness of the items that were demonstrated. The next part of the tour takes us through new cave systems, underwater flora, and the updated interiors of a Corsair spaceship.
As a conclusion, we will show off the progress that has been made on new physics-based controls for ground vehicles, which will replace the current arcade-style controls. Additionally, we will give a sneak peek at physics-based laser weapons that will be able to realistically burn through the outer plating of a ship. The video also clarifies that everything that is being demonstrated is just a concept and that it is not guaranteed that any of these ideas will be included in either Star Citizen or Squadron 42.
As of the time this article was written, Star Citizen had successfully crowdfunded over 459 million dollars. Cloud Imperium Games is presently preparing for its upcoming Invictus Launch Week, during which the developer intends to provide players the opportunity to test-drive several military vehicles at no cost. The Invictus Launch Week is scheduled to begin on May 20 and continue until May 31 this year.
There is currently no set release date for Star Citizen.