The update introduces a new fan favorite PvP event. How can it be a fan favorite event if it's new?
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Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) announced the release of the Alpha 3.16 update for Star Citizen. This update is codenamed "Return to Jumptown" and it includes the introduction of "the newest in-game server-wide dynamic event called Jumptown2.0." This is a new offering that is inspired by the original fan favorite PvP event named Jumptown, which involved law enforcement and criminal factions fighting for control over illegal narcotics.

CIG says that those who aren't all about that PvP life should look forward to more PvE content coming in January as part of the 3.16 patch cycle. This will be the Alpha 3.16.1 update, which will hit before the, you guessed it, Alpha 3.17 update. This PvE content will allow players to explore trap and puzzle filled Derelict Ships on their journey to find some "valuable rewards."

You can check out the future plans for Star Citizen through their roadmap, which currently extends out to Q4 2022. Star Citizen has been in development for over a decade.

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Star Citizen – Alpha 3.16: Return to Jumptown update key features include:
  • Jumptown 2.0: Inspired by the popular PvP community event where players waged war over valuable drug resources, Jumptown 2.0 seeks to introduce the excitement and chaos of largescale PvP ground conflicts in Star Citizen. During this event, both Lawful and Criminal players will race to battle over control of valuable drug crates at various outposts in the Stanton system.
  • Drake Cutlass Steel: This dropship variant of the Drake Cutlass replaces cargo capacity with room for 18 jump seats to transport troops to the frontlines of battle, along with a variety of weaponry, including door-mounted guns, manned and remote turrets, ballistic Gatling guns, laser repeaters, and a powerful payload of missiles.
  • Grav-Lev Physics Rework: Hover bikes will see major improvements following a significant rework of the flight and driving model for grav-lev vehicles. The result is improved handling, stability, and a far better experience for hover bikes moving forward.
  • Atmospheric Bounties: Bounty hunters can now pursue contracts above the caves on microTech, outposts on ArcCorp, and more with new bounties across Stanton, including targets hiding in-atmosphere across all of the system’s major planets.

Players can expect further improvements following today’s Star Citizen – Alpha 3.16: Return to Jumptown update, coming at the end of January as an Alpha 3.16.1 release and ahead of the next Alpha 3.17 update.
  • Derelict Puzzles: A number of derelict ships have been discovered throughout the Stanton region. Explore and navigate through the wreckage, avoid deadly laser trip mines, and recover valuable cargo in these new derelict variants.