February 23, 2018
February is coming at an end and the first two months of 2018 provided some quality content online from members of the press.
Several outlets provided their impressions of the Alpha 3.0 release just before the holidays. And despite our admissions that the initial ride might be a bit bumpy due to bugs and other factors, there was plenty of positive feedback. For example GameCrate’s Mike Assumma, while pointing out the challenges that come with playing an alpha version of any game, was very high on what 3.0 signifies for the future. “Despite all the extra challenges I ran into, Star Citizen still excites me,” exclaimed Assumma. “Every time I climb into the cockpit, I get this little rush of adrenaline. I feel like I can lift off and try and take on the galaxy with just my wits, my determination, and my little multi-role starfighter. Fans of the game should take alpha 3.0 for what it is: A peek through the looking glass and a real demonstration of what awaits us in the persistent universe of Star Citizen.”
The end of January unveiled the first of several monthly video updates to Star Citizen’s single player experience, Squadron 42. The first video was a featurette on The Coil, the nasty killer fog that pilots will have to navigate while in the game. Here’s what Game Debate’s Neil Soutter wrote. “As with anything Star Citizen, it looks absolutely fascinating but we just want to get our bloody hands on it now.” PC Gamer’s Tom Senior had similar thoughts. “The final effect is impressive, particularly when you start seeing how the lighting system interacts with the cloud tech to create dynamic, shifting effects. It triggers fond memories of Freespace 2’s nebula battles.”
In February Dual Shockers interviewed Global Head of Development Erin Roberts, to get a status report on Star Citizen and Squadron 42. An initial story from that interview focused on personnel totals at all Cloud Imperium Games and Foundry 42 offices working on developing the two games. You can read the full story here. Dual Shockers Executive News Editor Giuseppe Nelva will have the complete interview with Erin up in the next week.
In other news, Dustin Murphy with App Trigger, part of the FanSided network, published his 25 most detailed video games of this generation. Among them…Star Citizen. Calling the game “absolutely breathtaking,” Murphy wrote, “While the game itself is continually under development, many will have their eyes set on what the future of this game will be and if it can continue to live up to being one of the best looking games we can get our hands on.”
In closing, we at Cloud Imperium Games would like to congratulate Mark Hamill who will soon be receiving his very own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hamill, of course, will be playing the role of Lt. Cmdr. Steve “Old Man” Colton in Squadron 42. And oh yeah…he’s had a part in a few other science fiction movies. Well done, Mr. Hamill!