Last year when we went and had a chat with Cloud Imperium Games’ Erin Roberts he seemed pretty confident that all of base modules for Star Citizen would be in place by now, and the single-player Squadron 42 component would be ready to hit in mid-2015. Fast forward nearly a year, and now the hugely ambitious Star Citizen’s first-person shooter module has been delayed for the foreseeable future, with Squadron 42 expected to follow in its wake.
CIG and Roberts Space Industries Chris Roberts broke the news via his latest letter to fans, admitting “we feel the current build doesn’t feel like it lives up to the standards we’ve wanted to achieve with Star Citizen.” The Star Marine FPS module was originally planned to go live in April this year, even getting a gameplay runout at PAX East, but several technical and gameplay-related issues have seen it pushed back indefinitely.
While Star Marine doesn’t have to be finished, per se, by the time it’s released, Roberts says it does need to be able to accurately represent the direction they are going with the game, something which the current build does not.
In terms of the rest of the project, it looks as if there won’t be too large an impact. Development on Star Citizen is split up amongst many different teams, each handling different modules. While 15% of the team are working on Star Marine, the rest are all working on other areas, like Squadron 42 and the persistent universe.
“I don’t want to say that there is no impact: integrating the FPS properly will help move every part of Star Citizen forward, as the tech will help form the blood and sinews of the whole game…but I can’t stress enough that two additional months spent on Star Marine are not the same thing as two months of a delay for Star Citizen,” said Roberts.
Next up for those who’ve already pledged towards Star Citizen is a releasing a new, updated build without the Star Marine FPS module.
Have you jumped aboard the good ship Star Citizen yet? Is Roberts Space Industries biting off more than it can chew with what is surely one of the most ambitious games of all time? Let us know what you think!