Eric Kieron Davis and Josh Herman are back once again this week with a new update and some news segments about the ambitious sci-fi MMO, Star Citizen.
In terms of gameplay-related updates, the Star Citizen teams are hard at work creating new NPCs and the associated code to make these characters feel alive, as well as fleshing out the worlds, stations and ships these folks inhabit. Missions and related AI elements are also getting some polish this time around. One of the difficulties is that NPCs and other game objects sometimes need to react to the actions of both other NPCs and players. CIG has been working on an aware collision avoidance system that attempts to predict accidents based on the objects and players in an environment.
The second big set of updates are concerned with improving the network code to make the game and the backend servers more stable in a post-3.4 world of Star Citizen.
Continuing with the trend of showing off new environmental effects and assets and new sound design, this newest edition of ATV showcases more progress on the new environments of various planets in-game. There’s also some progress being made on weather and geological effects in the game. If you want to take a look at more progress like that, there’s another ATV video focused on sound design. There’s also one that updates players on the ongoing work for planets in the game, there’s a bit of that too, over here.
The community also got an update with a new 50-player event involving the Hammerhead ship class.
To see more Star Citizen news, check out some of the other Around the Verse videos, or maybe you want to see some more Squadron 42 gameplay. There’s also a bunch of new ships in development, specifically from Drake Interplanetary, Consolidated Outland and Anvil Aerospace. There’s new craft and variants like the Valkyrie and Kraken. Check those out over here.
Check out the latest patch notes on the official site. The funding for the project continues to grow at a steady pace. As of writing Cloud Imperium Games has currently raised $218,447,235 from 2,250,439 backers overall.
Check out the most recent Around the Verse broadcast down below.