Discussion in 'Gaming' started by Parge, 10 Oct 2012.
Bordering on criminal
Oof, this doesn't sound promising...
Shouldn't basic game modes and functionality be a solved problem at this point? The thing was supposed to be released in... November 2014(!)
And as an aside, the last Kickstarter campaign update was in April 2013 - and it was an advert for Lord British's attempt to be relevant again. "£50 for a bin fire disguised as a free to play game," as the latest comment on that Kickstarter says...
I lifted a quote on wikipedia about Strike Commander, a Chris Roberts game from the 90s that was beset by development issues:
The Strike Commander project took more than four years and over a million man hours on background development. Very little of that production time turned out to be actually usable in the final product, as at least one and possibly several complete project "reboots" were required to refine the graphical engine to a playable state.
My org and I don't really play Star Citizen anymore, but I only found out a few days ago that the game is considered a finished product and now receives updates - a bit like ED but far less polished.
Not very impressed, to be honest. The one good thing that came out of it is that I have a nice group of extra friends that are interesting and varied - online discussions offer a range of perspectives.
We'll see how it plays out, but like the article @Gareth Halfacree posted a link to stated, expect years more work.
I would settle for the single-player in the meantime!
A user posted a video complaining about a lack of functionality on Star Citizen's internal forum Spectrum in which Chris Roberts made 2 lengthy comments. He does address the "time taken" criticism:
"I sense from your reply to me that it's the time taken and priorities that you're frustrated with, as you feel like we're focusing on the wrong things. I can see that point of view, but you're looking at it from the outside without the full knowledge of exactly what it will take, and the order it needs to be done in to deliver the gameplay that will set Star Citizen above everything else. This is the game I've dreamed of my whole life. Now I am in a position to realize it, I am not willing to compromise it's potential because it is taking longer than I originally envisioned. What I will commit to, and what is an internal priority is to improve the current gameplay and quality of life as we go, as Star Citizen is already fun in many ways, even if more buggy and not as stable as I would like, and just finishing off and polishing the basics will make it play as well or better than most other games.
I can promise you the gameplay I described is not a pipe dream, nor will it take 10 to 20 years to deliver. I described systems we either have working, or are working on; we've even shown early versions of some of this like fire on Inside Star Citizen. I can't promise you exactly what quarter it will come together but once the new Road Map web work is done you'll be able to see the teams progress to achieving what I describe in real time.
Thank you for your support and passion over the years. I hope this extra insight was helpful."
Someone needs to point out that in 24 months or so it will be 10 years! Perhaps he means another 10 years.
...really? Isn't it still a very early (eight-year-old) alpha?
I love that in the replies to Roberts' post you've got people saying, and I quote, "I am here to support the game that Chris wants to do because from the beginning I understood what he wanted, and every time I see videos, roadmap etc I see that he is doing [...]"
I remind you, the project was launched with an official description stating it was "A rich universe focused on epic space adventure, trading and dogfighting in first person; Single Player – Offline or Online (Drop in / Drop out co-op play); Persistent Universe (hosted by US); Mod-able multiplayer (hosted by YOU); No Subscriptions; No Pay to Win" and would be released in November 2014.
Everything else came later, either as Roberts realised he could afford to make the game more expansive if you're being generous or as he realised that actually delivering anything would result in the buy-your-virtual-ship-now money-tap being turned off if you're not.
It was also supposed to be playable on a dual-core PC with a GTX 460 and 4GB of RAM - and that was before optimisation in the 24 months until launch(!)
The fact it’s 2020 now and we are still no closer to release tells you all, its still basically a beta game at best.
if I had spent a lot of money then I would be super pissed by now
reality is I got a AMD gift code off this forum which cost me about £10, I got £10 worth of gaming out of it
if it ever launches I wonder what the min specs will be compared to what it was originally
Yes indeed. Advertising a universe in which you (or your avatar) can own wondrous virtual ships has been very intoxicating over the development cycle for some (or many).
Interestingly, I don't think they realised it would be this lucrative at the time. Ben Lesnick, who worked with Chris Roberts for many months on the proposal before the kickstarter launched, recently produced a video series wherein he discussed an old computer game magazine where a military Wing Commander spaceship was being sold by a private company in a 2-page poster. It was a meant as a quirky way to advertise the game itself but Ben, and presumably others working on the proposal, used the concept as a novel way of selling the ships of Star Citizen rather than the game itself. He believes this is why Star Citizen has made 200 million dollars before launch. It appears that it was not preconceived to have such a powerful effect on potential players beforehand. He just thought it was a "neat" way to do it! I personally believe him but others think this was part of the scam and it is all just a lie. I suppose if you were trying to scam 200 million dollars you would need to invest more than 8 years in pulling it off. Banks, governments and corporations do it in much less time.
There was a 'playable' tech demo that Chris Roberts first showed off the game, in engine, on the bridge of a capital ship. That 'game' may be what those computer specs were meant for!
I invite you to read a previous post #7503 regarding Strike Commander - undoubtedly the same thing is happening on a bigger scale.
I've spent a lot of money, although relatively little compared to some. I sold off all 5 of my ships at one point when various dead lines were missed. I then decided to buy back what I'd sold at a very discounted rate. Subsequently, I bought merchandise with store credit as I thought it will be the only way to get something meaningful for my money!
Therefore I have t shirts and mouse mats aplenty. I am not "super pissed" but rather pragmatic. I'm nearly ten years older after all. Since I first backed in 2013 I have completed two degrees and I am now working on a doctorate. It is due to complete in July/September 2024. This is the date I will try to play the finished (ha!) game, but it is very much hope rather than expectation.
It's sad, isn't it . The ironic thing is that I really enjoyed playing the Arena Commander a few years ago with my friends. Then they effed up the flight model.
Those were the official projected specs for the game proper, per the FAQ on the Kickstarter campaign page:
Not doubting they made that promise but it seems very unrealistic.
Even the GTX 560 / 660 that followed the 460 fall firmly into the category of "Can't run Crysis at playable framerates".
I mean... isn't that true of pretty much every promise they've ever made on the project?
Everyone here wants Star Citizen to succeed in some regards but its a difficult project to follow and back anymore. Anyone not invested should stay away is what I would say to anyone who asked me.
At this point they should focus the single player game to completion and give there player base something at least. The online game if it ever completes is probably another 3-5 years away at the current pace of development
The thing is, it's been going on so long that there have been at least two generations of new backers, giving money for JPEGS (as the meme goes). While I'm happy to wait longer for a good game (hopefully), it's a bit bothering that new people are being sucked in.
The situation reminds me very much of Tim Schafer and Double Fine but on a much grander scale. When Bobby Kotick came out and said Schafer was an idiot, he talked a big talk but ultimately Activision gave him a lot of money and got no games out of him, everyone defended Schafer. But when it's actually your money that you paid into Kickstarter and the projects started getting abandoned, or re-imagined, or split into multiple chunks to be paid for repeatedly, it made sense what Kotick got so annnoyed about.
So it seems to be going with Roberts and Star Citizen. Freelancer has an infamously troubled development, Star Citizen is what Roberts wanted Freelancer to be but times ten, so the problems are times one hundred. I put my $40 in all those years ago hoping for Squadron 42 to come out and be good. Now it looks like Squadron 42: Part 1 might come out and be ok, some day, maybe. In the mean time there's always Elite: Dangerous and No Man's Sky.
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