Star Citizen's Single-Player Squadron 42 Trailer is Actually Looking Pretty Mind-blowing

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 9:57 AM
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The annual CitizenCon is in full swing and CIG fans are in place to celebrate all things Star Citizen. Does anybody us chuckle at the irony of Star Citizen’s fan event being called CitizenCon? No, just me? I’ll get my coat.

Anyway, cheap digs aside, there’s a new trailer for Star Citizen’s single-player Squadron 42 campaign which is quite possibly the most impressive trailer for it yet, despite the lack of gameplay.

Throughout the story footage, there’s a layer of cinematic panache that we just haven’t seen from CIG up until this point. Space combat games have fallen by the wayside in recent years, but single-player fans could be in for an absolute treat when Squadron 42 arrives.

Character models, animation and voice acting are also bang on point too. Gillian Anderson and Mark Hamill are instantly recognisable, as are Gary Oldman Mark Strong, and lurking beneath the menacing alien exterior is Andy Serkis.

“Join the brave men and women of the 2nd Fleet as they stand strong against the greatest threats the UEE has ever faced. Will you answer the call?” asks Cloud Imperium Games. Star Citizen - Squadron 42 is set during the year 2945 and features the Earth’s Navy fending off the alien Vanduul invasion. It’s set to feature full space combat, planet landings, and even FPS shooting aboard ships. Think of it a bit like Halo, but with the ambition dialed up to 10.

The painful bit now is the eternal wait for a Squadron 42 release date. CIG has said it plans to release an updated Squadron 42 roadmap in December, which could well be the time we fairly have a (tentative) date.

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11:15 Oct-12-2018

did i have anything to say about this game?NO. it's BREATHTAKING.

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19:24 Oct-11-2018

Squadron 42 is the SP campaign? Then what's the game Star Citizen?

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22:51 Oct-11-2018

MMORPG with a dose of single player FPS and a pinch of space sim.

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10:04 Oct-17-2018

You forgot to mention the ridiculous micro transactions worth thousands for virtual toys!

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06:53 Oct-18-2018

True.


Forgot to add the possible VR aspect of the game, BTW.

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17:28 Oct-11-2018

Wow...
And so many actors I can recognize, too, from their face scans alone: Gillian Anderson, Mark Hamill, John Rhys-Davies, Liam Cunningham, Rhona Mitra.
But then I had to look up the imdb.com page for this game, because I wasn't sure if that's who I was seeing/hearing--there's also Gary Oldman (Academy Award winner!!!), Mark Strong, and I see Andy Serkis is portraying an alien. I know we're not supposed to judge anything by who's cast in it, especially video games, but wow, come on..

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17:30 Oct-11-2018

I just saw that this isn't the first time Gary Oldman has voiced a video game character. He also voiced the player character in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead.

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19:17 Oct-11-2018

Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Krennic), and John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) are also featured in the trailer.
I will have to rewatch the trailer, I miss Rhona Mitra and I love her.

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22:26 Oct-11-2018

Oh wow, I didn't see Cavill and Mendelsohn. I'll have to watch again.

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16:51 Oct-11-2018

That soud design though! Made me jeez my pants...

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13:43 Oct-11-2018

Nvidia's 3080 Ti will come out before this game is released :(

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14:51 Oct-11-2018

ok here's a good one: HALF LIFE 3 WILL COME OUT BEFORE THIS GAME! ha, beat that!

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13:07 Oct-11-2018

Just tell me when it releases. Otherwise I don't wanna know.

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10:48 Oct-11-2018

I don't think there were any doubts about how awesome the game looks and is...
Hows about a more concrete release date already!? Really! Whatever it is! Next year, in 3 years, in 10 years! Whatever it is!

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10:36 Oct-11-2018

Jesus Christ, at least I know where all that money from those $20K macro-transactions is going. Do you really need Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, Henry Cavill, Ben Mendelsohn, and John Rhys-Davies just to sell a game? Those are just the ones that I notices. There's at least two voice I recognize and can't quite place.

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10:51 Oct-11-2018

At least there's plenty of talent for those of us who don't waste hundreds or thousands of dollars backing this game. Squadron 42 will hopefully be a great $60 game, don't need to touch the rest.

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10:57 Oct-11-2018

With out going into what I feel about the whole campaign itself, I guess at the end of the day I hope that when it's all said and done that the vast majority of people get exactly what they paid for and get to walk away not feeling like they've been take advantage of.

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11:07 Oct-11-2018

That's probably the nicer way of putting it lol. I guess it's going to vary from person to person, but it's going to be a struggle for some of the higher-end investors to feel like they're getting their money's worth unless they're absolutely loaded

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19:14 Oct-11-2018

No matter what I think of Cloud Imperium I honestly wish nothing but the best for Star Citizen's backers and the people that are just hoping for a really good game, like yourself. I spend so much of my online time raging against companies like EA and their rampant greed that I've taken more of a wait and see approach with Star Citizen.

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00:43 Oct-12-2018

So, I do have to add Rhona Mitra, Craig Fairbrass, and Liam Cunningham (Sir Davos from GoT) to the list. I missed Rhona, but Pwnstix didn't, and it took me forever to put Craig's face to his name. I just plain forgot to mention Liam.

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10:25 Oct-11-2018

this "game" became sequence of trailers :D maybe my grandchildren will be able to play this game

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09:29 Oct-13-2018

Well, SC do have an official roadmap depicting a very probable Beta by end of 2019. It is not 10 years away from release but a year an half at worst...

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10:08 Oct-11-2018

Honestly this game is all I want from the Star Citizen. Don't give a damn about multiplayer. Not since Freelancer and Independence War/ War II have we had solid single player campaigns in space.

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