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Star Citizen Gamescom 2014 Event – Full Report

15 Aug 2014  by   Paul Younger
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Heeeeeeere’s Chris!

Cloud Imperium returned to Gamescom to reveal upcoming Star Citizen features, so here’s a summary of the show and what you can look forward to.

At this year’s special Gamescom event for backers of Star Citizen, Chris Roberts once again took to the stage to demonstrate the upcoming features for both Star Citizen and Arena Commander. This year the venue capacity was doubled, so it was packed with Star Citizen fans eager to find out more.

We did already have a heads-up on what would be revealed before the event, so the scene was set to find out more about new game modes, multi-crew ships, version release timings and more. Sticking with the tradition of starting late, the event start was predictably delayed, probably due to technical problems with the live stream and not because Chris was downing one last drink at the bar.

Eventually Chris took to the stage to introduce the Constellation variants. The Constellation Taurus was first up, offering the largest cargo hold of all the variants. The Andromeda is the base Constellation ship, while the Aquila features extra exploration equipment with a long range scanner setup, antenna to target jump points, and a rover for planetary exploration. Finally there’s the The Phoenix, which is the luxury model with hot tub and other fancy features which looks pretty damn amazing as far as interiors go. It’s the top of the line.

Next up Chris demonstrated the changes that are coming to the hangars showing the old versions in a side-by-side with the new versions that are being added to the game soon. After the release of Arena Commander they took another pass on the hangars to move to the “room system.” When 0.9 is released these new hangars will be launched into the Arena Commander mode. Every hangar will now be made by fictional manufacturers, each with their own style of hangar design. There are four variants and these were shown off in a new video which concluded with the Asteroid hangar.

Star Citizen 09

The 0.9 features

These hangars are all customisable by adding rooms such as, for example, firing ranges and engine tuning rooms. They want to make them feel more like a player’s home. Hangars will also determine the start location of players in the universe when that eventually goes live.

These hangars and 0.9 will all be available around 27 August.

Moving on to more 0.9 updates, the flight model has been improved with 6DoF (six degrees off freedom), all the ship speeds have been increased by double, and an “overdrive mode” is being added which will burn fuel but there will be more thrust at higher speeds. Audio is also being improved again as they switch audio engines as development progresses. The first iteration of Leaderboards is being added in 0.9 too.

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Who will be top of the Leaderboards?

Roughly six weeks out from 0.9 is Arena Commander‘s full lobby system.

New game modes were teased yesterday and the two new additions were revealed by Chris during the event.

Vanduul Swarm co-op is one of the game modes which comes with a cinematic camera mode to watch your friends if you die. This is for 2-4 players, 15 waves, 5 infamous Vanduul aces, limited respawns, and rewards for defeating elite waves.

The other game mode is a race mode, which was trailed with a video showing ships race around a course through floating gates above a city landscape, darting through tunnels and avoiding obstacles. There was full commentary in the audio, which made it feel really authentic.

This will test your piloting skills to the max, and should be a fantastic addition to Arena Commander which has almost become a full game in it’s own right. Race mode is coming in two weeks.

star citizen race

Let’s race!

Coming in the more distant future is the multi-crew ship combat, which was demoed by four people; three in the ship and one operating a cinematic camera for demo purposes. The split-screen showed the views from all the different players in the game on the one ship and the actions they were undertaking at the same time, whether it be flying, taking control of a gun turret or moving about inside the ship. This was also seriously impressive and could be a completely imerssive co-op experience.

This concluded the presentation, which was even more impressive that the last live stream. Judging by what was on show, there’s no doubt that Star Citizen is pushing the boundaries of PC gaming and is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken.

Oh, one more thing. FPS anyone?

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    1. +4

      Thanks Mage. These were not available at the time of posting but have added them now. I think you just swelled the Cloud Imperium coffers again :)

      August 16, 2014 at 1:31 am
  1. +2

    All of it looks great. Make it so!

    August 16, 2014 at 3:28 am
  2. I remember how much time I used to spend playing WoW and Rift and I could see myself sinking a serious amount of time into this. There are so many facets to it, it’s not just about ship battles.

    A proper moveable gaming seat with hydraulic action would be perfect for this. I don’t even know if those sorts of things are commercially available or the ones I’ve seen are made by clever engineering tinkery types.

    August 16, 2014 at 5:08 am
  3. I’m just trying not to get too excited about it, in case the mmo gameplay turns out to suck, but then there’s the singleplayer part as well :)

    Elly, there’s is such things available but they tend to cost more than most people would spend on a car. There are however simpler systems (involving some diy), like Simvibe which is a software used to control buttkickers mounted on your rig. I see now that they actually got some complete sets that are expensive but not ridiculously so.
    Main issue would be that it require some sort of telemetry from the game, which usually limits its use to racing simulators.

    August 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

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