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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.
Cloud Imperium Games don’t do anything by halves so we shouldn’t be surprised that their latest video feature on the single-player Squadron 42 portion of Star Citizen clocks in at over half an hour. Star Citizen’s undoubtedly one of those games where you get out as much as you put in, just be prepared to put a whole lot.
Star Citizen's Squadron 42 single-player campaign has been a long time coming. Recently, it switched to a totally separate release as well, CIG splintering it off into its own entity. Just like Star Citizen though, Squadron 42 comes with some hefty minimum PC system requirements.
Firstly a Cloud Imperium Games representative said in an interview that Star Citizen’s single-player Squadron 42 module had been pushed back until “at least 2017”, then just a few hours later CIG came and flat out denied it. As it turns out it was the former that was true - CIG announced at its annual CitizenCon event over the weekend that Squadron 42 won’t be releasing in 2016.
Star Citizen is undoubtedly one of, if not the most ambitious ambitious game of all time. For every amazing CitizenCon trailer that shows off full-blown FPS mechanics or planetary landings though, we’re inevitably treated to a sizeable delay. The latest casualty is Star Citizen’s single-player Squadron 42 campaign module, which Chris Roberts has said won’t be seeing the light of day until “at least 2017”.
Over the past few months there’s been a surge of negativity surrounding Star Citizen. Questions are being asked, and rightly so, about just whether Roberts Space Industries’ title is ever going to arrive, or indeed if it can live up to its ambitious premise. Just when things seemed to be coming to a head, CIG go and host the annual CitizenCon and go and blow everyone away again.
Star Citizen is a game of many parts. Rather than focus on a single core concept Star Citizen is all about choice. You can go anywhere. You can do anything. A concept as sprawling as this needs something to rein it in a little though, which is where Squadron 42 comes in. For the legions of Wing Commander fans out there, Squadron 42 is Star Citizen.