Star Citizen was originally Kickstarted for over $2M back in 2012, and has struggled since then. Many issues help it back from its original release in 2014. Feature creep and overall bloat have certainly hampered the project, but that’s not all. As more content was added, players noticed that the MO had changed. The developers have been pushing out more ship concepts than ever before, but only making meager progress on actual gameplay. This has been going on for years now, and many critics feel the game is no closer to release than it was years ago. CIG hopes to assuage some concern with CitizenCon 2021.
The event’s website offers up information about the various panels and presentations that will be part of CitizenCon 2021, with a digital event once again this year. A preview of development progress on the in-game universe is a headline event. This will also be joined by other smaller updates on various aspects of the game.
Ships and other minor content get their moment too. The presentations will include “some much anticipated updates about a fan favorite vessel,” as well as updates and insights into tools used for development.
All of this will lead into an announcement of plans for future testing on the public server, with players getting their hands on new planets and ships being pretty likely.
You can see more details about what’s to come in the trailer below. The event is scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 9th, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The presentations will run over the course of that weekend, check the site linked above for more details.
Currently in Alpha phase 3, the game has a long way to go. Star Citizen has floundered for years since its announcement, and initial Kickstarter, in 2012. The last milestone crossed in terms of funding was $350 million as of March 2021. It crossed the $300 million mark in June 2020. Most of that money came from backers buying ships In many cases, these purchases were for little more than concept art, but it has certainly been effective at raising money.