Star Citizen: Squadron 42 is Once Again Delayed

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  • Star Citizen: Squadron 42 is Once Again Delayed

    No beta, no alpha, no end in sight.
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    It seems as though another year will pass without so much as a new glimpse at Squadron 42, the single player component for Star Citizen from Cloud Imperium Games. CIG showed off its revised roadmap last week and with it came a full deletion of any Squadron 42 beta.

    Chris Roberts, the founder of CIG and Star Citizen creator, told donators that they shouldn't expect to see a release date for the game anytime soon. In fact, the last time anybody heard about Squadron 42's launch was back in August of 2019. During such a time, it was said that a beta for Squadron 42 would come roughly in the third quarter of 2020.

    Here is what Roberts told those who paid money for Star Citizen and Squadron 42, as relayed by Polygon.

    “Squadron 42 will be done when it is done, and will not be released just to make a date.” He also said RSI would not show any of Squadron 42’s “gameplay, locations, or assets” in lieu of a beta, because the game is too far from a full launch to begin a marketing campaign. “If we show the non-spoiler gameplay now, that’s prime footage and gameplay that could have been used closer to release,” Roberts said.

    “Because of this I have decided that it is best to not show Squadron 42 gameplay publicly, nor discuss any release date until we are closer to the home stretch and have high confidence in the remaining time needed to finish the game to the quality we want,” Roberts added.
    Star Citizen has been in development since 2011. It has raised over $339 million from backers and crowdfunding in all that time. In 2020 alone, it is estimated that the company raised another $77 million, an increase from the $47.7 million raised in 2019. Squadron 42 was originally going to be released in 2016, which obviously did not happen. CIG stopped providing firm release dates for Squadron 42 ever since the appropriately named CitizenCon back in 2016.

    • K-16
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      Done when it is done? Show nothing until much closer to release, but announced already? Oh boy... I've heard that before, and it didn't end well.

    • AzaleaBC
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      I have it on good authority that the 42 in the title refers to the year, similar to eg. MLB The Show 20, FIFA 21 for the 20-21 season, and Cyberpunk 2077 for when the bugs are fixed.

      Expect it to be ready in 22 years.

    • Shawn Zipay
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      And people will blindly keep them funded until then.

    • K-16
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      K-16 commented
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      That's the weird part. 3D Realms did exactly this, and hit their first bankruptcy because they ran out of contracting jobs to stay afloat (before their unexpected revival).

      Cloud Imperium Games... Continue to be funded like they're politicians. I have no idea how they found a business model where they sell a tiny fraction of their promise, and still profit. Like $#!+ dude sign me up! I'm sick of being a Health Authority worker doing overtime every day since f***ing May (and still falling behind with no plan on ever catching up as people blindly continue to burden our health system).
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