Although the developer Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) regularly gives updates on the development of Star Citizen, nothing happens in the separate roadmap for its single-player campaign Squadron 42.
Although the first quarter of 2020 will soon be over, the roadmap is still at the level of the third quarter of 2019, so it has been almost half a year no longer updated. Many of the chapters should actually slowly be nearing completion.
Fans are worried
This standstill has been noticed by many users of the Star Citizen sub-forum on Reddit, who are now making fun of it, but at the same time expressing their concerns in the comments. Above all, the players want more information about the state of development, The user padropado22 mainly wants answers to two questions:
"Seriously, it would be good if we could get a few answers to the difficult questions: Why does the development of Squadron 42 seem to stand still, even though the playable universe should receive fewer updates to accelerate the development of the single player campaign? What is one realistic timeframe for the game loops we were promised years ago and what are the challenges? "
Other users such as Netskimmer, on the other hand, explain that the team's roadmaps simply have very little meaning. Above all, he criticizes the fact that many entries on these simply disappear and reappear suddenly months or years later.
Is Squadron 42 still to come?
Squadron 42 has already been released moved five times, Especially in longer phases without communication, the concerns of a further delay are understandable.
- On February 19, 2014 lead designer Phil Meller stated that the first ten missions of the single player campaign were planned for late 2014. The first chapter was postponed to April 2015 on April 11, 2014.
- On January 20, 2015 there was the second postponement and it was announced that the first episode of Squadron 42 will be released in autumn 2015.
- On October 10, 2015, the trailer for the 2016 campaign announced a release.
- Cloud Imperium Games was also unable to meet this deadline. The beta should then start in the 1st quarter of 2020.
- This plan was also not followed. With the switch to "Staggered Development", the campaign was postponed for several months. The beta is currently scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2020.
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There is progress, but SOCS is delaying it
The studio announced on September 6, 2019 that implementing almost every aspect of the game would have to change to implement serverside object container streaming (SOCS). During this period, the phase of missing updates to the Squadron 42 roadmap also began.
That the single player mode from Star Citizen is the same relies on SOCS like the multiplayer component
These fans seem to be keeping a close eye on the updates and have noticed that there is still progress in development. So comparison pictures were created, on which you can see the roadmap of November 1, 2019 and February 21, 2020.
Where has there been progress?
- Player Status System v2
- Cloth Sim v2
- Save / load
- FPS: Combat Weapon Types
- Body dragging
That so little has happened in the past few months could be related to the developers' Christmas holiday and January and February are mainly used for planning,
So even though the roadmap is not updated, it does not necessarily mean that it has come to a standstill. At the same time it is But understand the concern of the fanswho want to know when they can now expect the finished product.
It was only in the recent past that Chris Roberts himself expressed and justified the long development time of his SciFi simulation. He compared the project with other large AAA titles and also criticized that many players simply underestimate the effort.