Star Citizen - Chris Roberts, lots of spaceship porn, lots of promises

And Gilligan’s Island didn’t even run this long.

Arguably, Gilligan’s Island actually worked, and had an ending/competion state.

Besides, Mary Ann was hot.

Oh what the hell. Let’s go for the big thread derail.


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Trying to make a game for 2050 with the technology from 1995.

Kinda already been done.

AmigaCD32™ Respect.

I watched some recent footage on twitch. Honestly, if they were ok with just releasing the game with 20-player or so multiplayer, it’d be kinda ok at this point (minus the stupid caves). It’s the hundred-player MMO that’s out of reach, and that’s not a surprise. The procedural planets are also pretty cool – it’s the city content that sucks.

Free fly period opening up, where every day a different in game manufacturer will make it’s entire catalogue of ships available to fly for free.

The ships that will be made available:

Nov 24 – Anvil Aerospace

Arrow: Featuring an ultra-aerodynamic frame and slight profile, it’s the most agile ship in its class.

Ballista: This self-propelled air defense system is capable of destruction on a massive scale.

Gladiator: A ruggedly built two-person dive bomber.

Hawk: The perfect ship for independent bounty hunters or local security.

Hornet F7C: Tough and dependable, the F7C is a textbook multi-purpose medium fighter.

Hornet F7C Wildfire: Special-edition of the F7C Hornet with custom livery and a loadout geared to Arena Commander.

Hornet F7C-M – Super Hornet: A two-seater medium fighter with a heavy loadout.

Hornet F7C-R – Tracker: Sacrificing the turret for an advanced radar system, the Hornet Tracker seeks what is hidden.

Hornet F7C-S – Ghost: Stealthy, quiet, silent – the Ghost keeps a low profile anywhere.

Hurricane: A heavy fighter with an almost excessive loadout. Includes a turret that punches through shields and defenses.

Terrapin: Heavily armored ship with a sophisticated scanner. Ideal for recon and exploration.

Valkyrie: A heavily armed gunship/dropship.

Nov 25 – Roberts Space Industries

Aurora CL: The Aurora Clipper is an effective vessel for aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned traders alike.

Aurora ES: A descendant of the X-7, this is the ideal choice for new ship owners. Versatile and intuitive.

Aurora LN: For combat-focused citizens. The Aurora LN comes with bigger shields and larger weapons that pack a punch.

Aurora LX: The Aurora Deluxe adds luxury and comfort for long stretches in the deep black.

Aurora MR: A balance of function and performance, the Aurora MR comes with cargo capacity and guns to ensure freight gets there safely.

Constellation Andromeda: A multi-crew freighter with a modular design, the RSI Andromeda is one of the most iconic ships in the verse.

Constellation Aquila: Explore the stars and distant horizons. The uprated sensor suite and redesigned cockpit offer maximum visibility.

Constellation Phoenix: A chariot of the gods, this converted luxury freighter is ideal for VIP transport.

Mantis: Stop ships dead in their tracks with RSI’s premier quantum enforcer.

Ursa Rover: Rugged, durable, and tough, this is the rover you need to explore a multitude of planetary environments.

Nov 26 – Consolidated Outland/Kruger/Tumbril

Cyclone: Stir up a storm with this robust two-seater buggy that can carry a little something in the back.

Cyclone AA: Features EMP functionality and an anti-air missile launcher to deter threats from above.

Cyclone RC: Cyclone racing variant. It’s red, fast, and equipped with a built-in nitro booster.

Cyclone RN: Built to clear the fog of war, the recon variant of the Cyclone is mounted with a powerful scanner array.

Cyclone TR: Support infantry with this combat variant. Equipped with a mounted turret to provide cover fire for ground operations.

Mustang Alpha: Consolidated Outland’s premier ship for those wanting to push the limits a little further when starting out.

Mustang Beta: Home is where the heart is. The Beta offers comfortable living quarters for beginners roaming the frontier.

Mustang Delta: The Mustang Delta is armed with heavier weapons and rocket pods to give starters a little more firepower.

Mustang Gamma: An additional engine provides racers the competitive edge they need.

P-52 Merlin: Small, agile, and packing a sting. This snub fighter is fragile but difficult to hit.

P-72 Archimedes: The Archimedes delivers exceptional handling and boost capabilities in a beautifully designed package.

Nov 27 – ARGO / MISC / Crusader

ARGO MPUV 1C: A small and unarmed utility runabout that transports cargo.

ARGO MPUV 1P: A small and unarmed utility runabout that transports personnel.

Freelancer: A multi-crew cargo freighter with turret and ordnance to deter those after its haul.

Freelancer DUR: The Freelancer DUR specializes in exploration with an improved scanner, jump drive, and bigger fuel tanks.

Freelancer MAX: The Freelancer MAX is for those who prize increased cargo capacity over everything else.

Freelancer MIS: The Freelancer MIS is a limited-edition militarized variant of the classic merchant ship.

Prospector: A miner’s best friend, with a powerful laser and saddlebags to turn minerals to profit.

Razor: Cutting ahead of the competition, this sleek racer gives anyone a run for pole position.

Razor EX: Stealth-edition of the Razor outfitted with signature-reducing materials and low-draw components.

Razor LX: Special-edition of the Razor features reduced maneuverability and armament in exchange for extreme straight-line speed.

Reliant Kore: A fusion of Xi’an and Human technology, this light freighter lets you haul cargo with a friend.

Reliant Mako: Go where the news is and capture every moment with turret-mounted optics.

Reliant Sen: The Reliant Sen is a versatile mobile science platform.

Reliant Tana: An easy to maintain, versatile, lightweight fighter.

Starfarer: Keep fleets on the move with this heavy refueler.

Starfarer Gemini: The Gemini version sacrifices fuel capacity for armor and a missile launcher.

Nov 28 – Alien Manufacturers

Blade: This alien fighter slices through the air with high agility to shred foes to ribbons.

Defender: The first line of defense against enemy attack.

Glaive: This medium alien fighter replica drives fear with its ramming blades.

Khartu-al: Enigmatic, exotic, and agile. The fragile Khartu-al excels at lateral thrust and maneuverability.

Nox: Sleek and fast, this gravity bike glides across rough terrain. Perfect for scouting and racing.

Nox Kue: Sleek and fast (and silver), this gravity bike glides across rough terrain. Perfect for scouting and racing.

Nov 29 – Aegis Dynamics

Avenger Stalker: A modified version of the Avenger catering to bounty hunters. Equipped with prison cells.

Avenger Titan: A former police ship with a cargo hold for light freight and couriering.

Avenger Titan Renegade: Special-edition of the Avenger Titan with custom livery and a loadout geared to Arena Commander.

Avenger Warlock: A variant of the Avenger armed with an EMP generator to disable enemies.

Eclipse: A sleek stealth bomber armed with heavy torpedoes.

Gladius: An aging but agile light fighter with mid-range armament.

Gladius Valiant: Special-edition of the Gladius with custom livery and a loadout geared to Arena Commander.

Hammerhead: A multi-crew corvette bristling with manned turrets to counter fast fighters.

Reclaimer: A heavy deep-space salvage vessel built to reclaim wrecks and derelict ships.

Retaliator Bomber: A long-range anti-capital-ship bomber. Covered in manned turrets and capable of launching size 9 torpedoes.

Sabre: Favoring agility over durability, this ship is light, sleek, and deadly.

Sabre Comet: Special-edition of the Sabre with custom livery and a loadout geared to Arena Commander.

Vanguard Harbinger: A powerful bomber that can operate out of the roughest forward operating bases.

Vanguard Hoplite: Long-range squad dropship with a turret gunner.

Vanguard Sentinel: Designed to fight smart instead of taking enemies head-on.

Vanguard Warden: Long-range heavy fighter with a manned turret.

Nov 30 – Drake Interplanetary

Buccaneer: A light fighter that sacrifices durability (and its ejection seat!) for raw firepower.

Caterpillar: A heavy multi-crew commercial freighter. Lightly armed with superior cargo capacity.

Cutlass Black: Back in black. Drake’s pirate-favorite is a highly versatile ship with combat and cargo prowess.

Dragonfly Black: A two-seater grav-lev bike. Easily traverses rough terrain or open space.

Dragonfly Yellowjacket: A two-seater grav-lev bike. Easily traverses rough terrain or open space. Yellow livery.

Herald: No secret is safe. Drake’s Herald captures and stores information before leaving at blistering speed.

Dec 1 – Origin Jumpworks

890 Jump: A vessel in a class all of its own. A masterpiece worthy of the Origin name.

300i: Travel in style with this high-performance solo tourer.

315p: Traverse the ‘verse with this high-performance light explorer.

325a: Origin’s sleek signature fighter, the 325a makes a great companion for finding your mark in style and sophistication.

350r: Origin’s signature racer, the 350r leaves the competition in the dust.

600i Explorer: This long-range tourer forgoes the lounge for a high-tech suit of exploration essentials.

600i Touring: Star Citizen’s iconic luxury tourer.

85X: A luxury and sporty short-range runabout for pilot and passenger.

M50: Origin’s premier racer. Small, fast, and highly agile.

Dec 2 to Dec 5 – Best in Show

Drake Caterpillar: A heavy multi-crew commercial freighter. Lightly armed with superior cargo capacity.

Aegis Reclaimer: A heavy deep-space salvage vessel built to reclaim wrecks and derelict ships.

Aegis Hammerhead: A multi-crew corvette bristling with manned turrets designed to counter fighters.

Drake Cutlass Black: Back in black. Drake’s pirate-favorite is a highly versatile ship with combat and cargo prowess.

I strained my scroll finger.


Since these ships are free to fly, I guess there’s no drawback in kamikaze dive bombing other ships around you? It would be cool to take out some dude’s $5k ship with your freebies.

You should try that and see what happens, it’d be interesting to see what kinds of mechanisms are in it to deal with that kind of griefing.

Although, just to be clear, it’s not like the guy will permanently lose his ship from you destroying it. And technically whatever ship he’s flying will be available for free anyway.

I’m glad they’re finally getting the engine and world sorted, so that they can move onto the complicated bit - the part where they build a game and make it fun and bug-free.

But no real gameplay systems?

You should try it while it’s free, and see for yourself what kind of gameplay systems exist and what you think of them.

I wanna kill somebody by putting coffee on their head.

Fetch quests appear to be janky or broken still from recent streamer videos I watched. Not going to waste my time or bandwidth to try it out when I could be redownloading 80GB of Anthem.

This is probably a panicked reaction to the low sales numbers as a result of CitizenCon, which usually draws most of the dollars for the year. This year’s event was particularly boring and lifeless. AMD donated 40 top of the line computers which were used for the new 20 vs 20 Battlefield-like gameplay mode. But because all the attendees preferred playing to watching the very boring lectures, CIG actually had to turn off those machines and they sat idle :)

I don’t get it. They preferred playing, so the PCs had to be turned off? Or they preferred watching the lectures, in which case what you wrote makes sense?

They preferred playing over the content that was offered. There was a lecture about an alien language created for the game, even though no aliens exist in the game as of yet. Basically, they were desperate for content and filled it with a lot of boring stuff. And Sandi was nowhere to be seen. In general, there was a significant lack of energy compared to previous years, and the money seems to have been hit accordingly.

So Sandi is contributing the normal amount.

I guess I am being really dense here, but I still don’t get it.
They preferred playing what? And why were those PCs shut down if they wanted to play? Couldn’t they be used for playing whatever they wanted?