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Overview

Star Citizen is an upcoming space living simulator video game for Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux[4] in development by Chris Roberts and Cloud Imperium Games. Star Citizen will consist of two main components: first person space combat and trading in an MMO-style Persistent Universe and modifiable, optionally cooperative private servers including a branching single player campaign known as Squadron 42.[5] The game will feature Oculus Rift support.

Both Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are set in a 30th-century Milky Way centered around the fictional UEE (United Empire of Earth). A strong focus will be placed on player interaction, with player behaviour influencing and being influenced by a dynamic economy system.


This wiki is currently in heavy development. For more information about the game, please check out the official Draft FAQ here. There is also an Unofficial FAQ posted by user Lozenger and collaborated on by the Star Citizen community.

Unofficial Dev Q/A site run by BoMby can be found here UEE News Network

Please try to keep everything nice and neat! This main page is for general information. If you have a lot of detailed information to post, consider creating a link to a new page (using double brackets: [[ ]]) to store all the info.

We are in dire need of sources! Please consider helping out by locating specific developer posts that support information on this wiki and linking them as sources. There are a lot of developer posts on the forums, on the RSI facebook page, both official and unofficial FAQ, and kickstarter page. Happy editing!

Development

Development started in Dec. 2012 shortly after the kickstarter on a modified version of Amazon Lumberyard which was forked from CryENGINE 3, and has no release date revealed.. The game will initially be localized to English, French, German and Spanish with plans to handle other languages afterwards. Chris Roberts currently plans Star Citizen to remain DRM free[6].

Some notable current (known) developers for Cloud Imperium Games consists of:

  • Chris Roberts (Lead designer)
  • Tony Zurovec (Persistent Universe Lead)[7]
  • Brian Chambers (Director of Development, Foundry 42 Frankfurt)
  • John Pritchett (Physics Programmer)
  • Martin Galway (Audio Director)
  • Josh Strike (HUD/ Scaleform designer)
  • David Opreska (Environment Artist)[8]
  • Ryan Church (Conceptual Artist)
  • Jim Martin (Conceptual Artist)
  • Aaron Frost (Staff Writer)
  • Shawn (Front-End designer)
  • Dave Haddock (Loremaster/Writer)
  • George Oldziey (Music Composer)[9]
  • Pedro Macedo Camacho (Music Composer)[10]
  • Wayne (Site Admin)

Developer comments

A lot of the information on this wiki comes from comments made by the developers. Sometimes the developers make great comments that contain useful information, but doesn't exactly fit into the wiki (yet). If you have a great developer comment that deserves to be read, but doesn't really fit here, please add it to the developer comments page!

Story

In the single player campaign, the player joins Squadron 42, a legendary volunteer unit assigned to the UEES Paul Steed (CV 023) of the 2nd Fleet of the United Empire of Earth Navy.  The player will spend time in warzones and rise through the ranks, eventually earning UEE Citizenship.[11][12][13]

For a summary of events leading up to the game, see the wiki article on the Timeline.

Gameplay

Star Citizen could feature gameplay similar to other Robert's space sims, abandoning the traditional MMO 'click to kill' system in favor of skill-based, space shooter mechanics. Ship upgrades will factor heavily into combat, but player skill will ultimately determine game performance.

Star Citizen will have multiple game types, ranging from a permanent, persistent world similar to contemporary MMOs to an offline, single player campaign with drop-in-drop-out cooperative play. The game will include the option for private servers, and will offer modding tools for these servers at some point after launch.[source?] These mods will not work in the CIG controlled persistent universe.

  • Physics

Star Citizen features an accurate newtonian based physics engine. Ships are equipped with lateral thrusters that are required to turn the ship and reverse acceleration. The game engine will also simulate damage to these systems, making it possible for players to lose a thruster and have their flying inhibited accordingly.

  • Navigation

The primary methods of propulsion are thrusters, quantum drives, and jump drives. Players will use existing and known jump paths- wormholes- to travel between star systems. Players will have a chance to discover new jump paths, and even entirely new systems. When a player discovers a new path, they will have to navigate the jump path manually before it can be saved into their navigation computer. Players can then have the new jump point named after themselves and sell its location on the galactic market. Players can choose between optional "assisted flight" computers for flying longer distances, and manual flight.[source?]

  • Combat

Ship combat relies mainly on piloting skill and ship balance. When two ships enter combat, they are seamlessly instanced into a battleground. Other ships can dynamically join and leave this battleground, up to 100+ ships (depending on game design). The game will use this dynamic instancing to spread out ship battles and reduce server load. For example, if there are 1,000 ships fighting in orbit of a planet, the game will try to split it into 10 instanced battles of 100 players each.

Quote from Chris Roberts about ship balance in combat: “There is no undefeatable MMO RPG style build in Star Citizen as we don't have character stats that affect your damage. Instead your skill as a pilot is key. In addition the ship design / abilities is very rock, paper, shotgun so every build of ship has a weakness. And in case you're worried that we're going to make the basic missions boring to encourage you to buy credits; We're not! trading and flying missions are the core of the open world experience. They're the fun parts and there is no way I am going to deliberately nerf them to encourage people to pay Zynga style. It's a big reason I'm building this game outside the publisher system.[14]

  • Death Penalty

This topic is largely undecided and still being discussed by the developers. The current consensus is leaning towards a ship's destruction meaning ship loss, unless you have some kind of ship insurance.

Having insurance is entirely up to the player, but generally players can buy standard hull insurance that covers the ship in most star systems and risk levels. The player can buy additional insurance to insure against the loss of cargo and upgrades. But these extra insurances pertaining to cargo or upgrades (weapons, coolers, thrusters, shields, etc) only cover against losses in certain risk levels or star systems. All insurance policies are associated with one specific ship and last a certain period of time. See the Insurance FAQ on RSI's website for more information.[15]

Additionally, the character's body parts can be injured as a whole or individually. For example, the head, torso, upper and lower legs, and arms have their own health pools and can each be injured which will affect the character in different ways. For example, headshots will more likely lead to perma-death than shots on other body parts. The developers have yet to settle on anything final.[source?]

In 'The Death of a Spaceman' Chris Roberts describes how characters can be 'perma-killed' after sustaining a high number of defeats in battle, where all property of the character can be given to another character to prevent extreme progression loss.[16]. In other words, when a player-character dies, the player will be able to create a new character as the former's heir or next of kin.

  • Cargo

Trade and transportation should be an important part of Star Citizen gameplay. A large variety of ships includes cargo area which allows transportation of specific amount of goods. These areas are identified by visual indications on the floor made of text, draw lines and sometimes blinking light indicators.[source?]Container would be bring to the ship and locked to the ground on the cargo area to prevent any movement during flight.[source?]

In case of destruction of a ship, Container might be released to space or destroyed.[source?]

Economy

The Star Citizen economy will be based around the United Earth Credit, earned in-game or from backer pledges. Developers have discussed the possibility of micro-transactions, but have asserted that these transactions will only buy United Earth Credits, as opposed to the common MMO model of having one game currency and one micro transaction currency.

The in-game economy will be dynamic and player-driven, with supply and demand factoring heavily into vendor prices. NPCs and factories will also play a significant part in the economy. Vendors do not generate items, and instead must obtain them from factories, players, or other NPCs, which must in turn obtain the raw materials from mining facilities. Vendors, players, NPCs, or factories can place requests, missions, or contracts on various mission boards. Missions can include but are not limited to things such as transporting finished products or raw materials to construct all the items they sell.

For example, if shipments are interrupted, vendors will raise their prices until they run out of stock. If they are consistently interrupted, the vendor will place a mission to escort trade ships on system mission boards.[17]

For more information, see the RSI video on the Star Citizen economy.

Ships

There are many ships that are planned to be included in the Squadron 42 and Persistent Universe games. These range from the smallest snub fighters and ships such as the Merlin and Aurora, to the largest capital ships such as the Bengal Carrier and Retribution Dreadnought. For the most up to date official information on the various ships, please see RSI's ship stats page. Note that the information is subject to change.

Here's the wiki page on ships

Star Systems

One of the pledge goals included the presence of 100 star systems at the launch of the Persistent Universe (PU)[18], which includes our own Solar System and many others.

The current official interactive Star Map is on the RSI website. The Ark Star Map shows the most up to date information about the various star systems in the Star Citizen Universe. Note that the star systems information is subject to change.

Here's the wiki page on Star Systems.

In 'From Pupil to Planet', (Dec 2015) Cloud Imperium Games, showed their prototype for procedurally generated planets. It is currently unknown when this prototype will be implemented into the game.

Multiplayer

While Star Citizen itself isn't a typical MMO (it will also have single player and private multiplayer modes), , there will be a persistent massive multiplayer universe (MMU) offered to players. This persistent universe will be similar to Freelancer's multiplayer servers, but on a much grander scale. To reduce server costs, Star Citizen will use dynamic instancing to limit the number of players that can interact at once, while still offering a unified game world. As Chris Roberts put it, "if there were 10,000 people in orbit around Earth, that'd be 100 different instances of 100 different people." If instancing does happen, players will be able to travel between instances and join other players. Dynamic instancing has been said to apply to spaceship combat as well as planet side rooms such as bars and orbit areas of space. You can follow your friends or other 'Persons of Interest' (POI) by tagging them with a yet unknown in-game system. This will allow you to follow people for missions through multiple instances. Friends may also join you in a battle instance if they are in your system, or if you have a multi-crew ship like the Constellation (4 crew max) then your friends can drop in, run around the ship as in an FPS and man the turrets, the cockpit, or the fighter. The design of that multi-crew system has not yet been finalized.

Players will also have the option to host their own multiplayer universe on a private server. These private servers will support mod capability, and the developers are even interested in implementing the best private modifications into the official MMU server. It is unknown what level of functionality private servers will have compared to the MMU server.

The main story campaign will support co-op multiplayer, though the precise nature of co-op play (private server or MMU) is unknown.

System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements[19] for Star Citizen, as of March 16, 2016 (Star Citizen Alpha 2.2.2) are:[20]

  • OS (Operating System): Windows 7 service pack 1 (64 bit), or Windows 8 (64 bit)
  • Processor: Quad core CPU more that Intel i5 1700
  • RAM: 8GB Memory
  • GPU (Graphics Card): DirectX 11 graphics card with at least 4GB Video RAM

Recommended System Requirements As of June 11, 2016, Alpha 2.4.0 are:

  • OS (Operating System) - Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8 or 8.1 (64-bit) or Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Disk space - 200 GB SSD
  • Processor - Quad Core CPU (Intel Core i7-4770K or comparable)
  • RAM - 16 GB RAM
  • GPU (Graphics Card): DirectX - Version 11- AMD A10-7700K, AMD Radeon HD 7990, GeForce GTX 780 or similar with at least 4GB Video RAM

System Requirements will change as the developers continue update and optimize the testing modules of Star Citizen. The game's final recommended system requirements and minimum requirements, at launch, may be vastly different to those above.

Outdated System Requirements

As the game is updated, System Requirements will change. The requirements below are for older versions of the game and testing module.

As of August 29, 2013[21], these were the minimum system requirements for the Hangar Module.

  • Operating system: Windows 7 or 8 64-bit
  • CPU: Dual Core CPU Intel: Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz AMD: Phenom X2
  • 8GB of RAM
  • NVidia Geforce 460GTX or AMD Radeon HD5850 DirectX 11.

While this was accurate for the previous builds of the game, these requirements changed as the developers added new content and further optimized the game.[22]

RSI forum user CynicalCyanide has compiled a guide that further details the system requirements (Some information within the guide is now out of date).

Subscription Model

Star Citizen uses a similar model to ArenaNet's 'buy-once-play-forever' model; players only need to purchase the base game to play all of the content.  Star Citizen will not require a monthly subscription fee nor will players be required to purchase in-game add-ons.  It is possible that the game will support microtransactions for in-game currency, but Cloud Imperium Games has been firm in stating that anything that is available in the online store will also be available via normal gameplay.

During the fundraising stage, $30 and above donation packages will grant access to the full game at launch, and $40 and above packages will grant access to the full game, as well as alpha and beta stages and modules.[23][24]

Funding

Opinion of Game

[this whole section should be about general opinion of the game, and not a single person's opinion]

The hype of this game isn't enough. Already the game is incredible with more content being added all the time. Mind you this is an Alpha but you couldn't really call it Alpha because it is at least a year away from final release, it is more of a developer build. As of 2.6 there are 48 ships to fly [citation needed], 10 sextillion square kilometers to explore [citation needed], dynamic economy [not true, citation needed], living universe [not true, citation needed], excellent and addicting gameplay and all around excellence. The game will not be based on micro-transactions and every aspect of the game will be able to bought with in-game currency so you don't need to spend a cent on the game itself after the initial purchase [citation needed]. It will be PC only [citation needed]. Unlike some 'similar' games such as No Mans Sky, the universe is a combination of procedural generation and hand crafted environments which is incredible. Each planet is it's own and there is plenty of lore surrounding the game already even though the release date is undetermined yet.

The way the trailers works are incredible, the fact that they work like real world commercials makes the verse feel so much more alive. Some of the AEGS commercials look straight out of futuristic top gear.

In conclusion, this game is magnificent, even in what is pretty much a developer build. The hype surrounding it doesn't do it justice and it should be on the list of any sci-fi fan and any gamer.

References

  1. RSIIcon Forum Topic: "Timeline: What Chris Roberts said to me for my Gamestar-Article" on RSI Website
  2. RSIIcon THE STRETCH GOALS on RSI Website
  3. RSIIcon Referral Program on RSI Website
  4. YTIcon Chris Roberts during The (Incredible) Future of PC Gaming Panel Pax East 2014 @21:50 on RSI YouTube Channel
  5. RSIIcon About The Game on RSI Website
  6. Draft FAQ response by Chris Roberts on October 16, 2012 (Note: Page is currently inaccessible on the RSI website)
  7. RSIIcon Forum Topic: "Dateline: Wingman Update!", page 31, comment #3761780 on RSI Website
  8. RSIIcon Meet David Opreska! on RSI Website
  9. RSIIcon Previously Unheard Star Citizen Music! on RSI Website
  10. RSIIcon Forum Topic: "Star Citizen Music" on RSI Website
  11. Star Citizen Project. (Note: Page is temporarily inaccessible on the RSI website)
  12. RSIIcon 2610: Tears of Fire on RSI Website
  13. RSIIcon 2934: A Dreamer Dreams on RSI Website
  14. RSIIcon Forum Topic: "Draft FAQ", page 5, comment #325800 on RSI Website
  15. Insurance FAQ. 2016. Roberts Space Industries and Cloud Imperium Games. https://robertsspaceindustries.com/faq/Insurance-FAQ
  16. RSIIcon Death Of A Spaceman on RSI Website
  17. RSIIcon The Star Citizen Economy on RSI Website
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named :0
  19. Star Citizen Download Page on RSI Website
  20. Arena Commander 1.0 Launch on RSI Website
  21. RSIIcon Hangar Module Released on RSI Website
  22. RSIIcon Hangar Module FAQ on RSI Website
  23. RSIIcon Digital Scout package on RSI Website
  24. RSIIcon Digital Mercenary on RSI Website

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