Star Citizen reaches $44 million goal – Arena Commander soon

25 May 2014  by   Paul Younger
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When the weekend arrives it’s usually time to find out if Cloud Imperium has managed to reach another Star Citizen million. Guess what? They have!

That’s $44 million in the bank as the launch of Arena Commander looms but there’s more going on behind the scenes as the team are now looking at cargo and trading. Sounds simple enough but it looks like they’re really trying to make this as realistic as possible by measuring ship interiors, a cargo measurement system, and how the goods will be loaded and unloaded from ships.

On Arena Commander, Chris Roberts commented:

“I can’t wait to share the first taste of what you’ve been helping us build. Getting to dogfight in deep space is going to make Star Citizen real for a lot of people… but I also know that everyone who has supported us to this point already understands. ”

The update also brings news of a new room module for the hangars that’s being added, the Stellar Cartography room…

Stellar Cartography – Walk among the distant horizons you’ve charted in Star Citizen’s dedicated “map room” featuring a 3D holographic representation of the known universe. Your map room will start with a basic guide to the United Empire of Earth, and will expand into something that is unique to you as you explore uncharted worlds and discover new secrets. Build the most in-depth universe map possible and show it off to visitors, or lock down your secret jump points and hidden trading posts so that no one else can follow. Interface directly with the Observist guide to find out everything from what ores are in demand on MacArthur to who serves the best pasta on Terra. And with the ability to leave your own notes about your encounters and travels, it’s more than a map: it’s your digital diary!

Details of the $46 million goal have also been revealed, and should that much be raised, there’s Updating Scanning Software up for grabs.

Chimera Communications unveiled the latest version of their SBit scanning software, also announcing a one-time free upgrade for their current and long-standing customers. The new SBit upgrade offers advanced scanning capabilities for prospecting asteroids above and beyond their baseline systems. SBit is a FIB-based system that floods the scan-zone with energy then processes the frequency of the energy reflected back, providing the operator with a composite sketch of potential ore deposits. With the new version, Chimera included an updated library of searchable frequencies as well as variable scan sizes, allowing smaller surface, higher-resolution scans. The general public will be able to purchase the update when SBit is officially released.

If you checkout the update from Chris Roberts there’s also a new piece of concept art showing the negotiation room from the Banu Merchantman freighter.

29 May is the day to mark in your diaries, that’s when Arena Commander launches and we can finally leave that stuffy hangar. Joysticks are primed at IncGamers towers.

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