Star Citizen Shows Off Earth-Sized Planet You Can Explore

The planet takes advantage of tech for procedurally generated cities and shows off just how incredibly ambitious Star Citizen is.

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CitizenCon 2947 just wrapped up and, as usual, some seriously impressive Star Citizen content was shown off. One of the major reveals was the Pioneer, a ship that will allow players to colonize within the game's persistent universe. Another reveal could be impactful outside of Star Citizen's world, though. During this CitizenCon, Cloud Imperium Games showed off their procedural city technology by giving us a glimpse at Arccorp, an Earth-sized planet covered in man-made structures.

Cloud Imperium co-founder Chris Roberts took the stage for the keynote address at CitizenCon 2947 and laid out a few plans for the major 3.0 patch. 3.0 will expand playable areas with procedurally generated moons and a planet-like asteroid with a mining facility, improve ground-based and ship combat, add a trading system, welcome new vehicles, and more. When looking beyond 3.0, though, Roberts discussed the incredible procedurally generated cit

Around 12:00 you can watch the player maneuver around a social space on Arccorp and at 22:35 you can see the tail-end of a fly-by of Area 17 before the pilot heads up to a space station (with zero loading, by the way) to give you a wider view of this technical marvel. 

The planet and others like it will maintain a level of realism with multiple landing zones and explorable spaces. To what degree? We likely won't know for quite a while but what the dev team has accomplished thus far is already quite impressive. Patch 3.0 will be released sometime soon and may good a good entry point for any interested in Star Citizen.

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    October 31, 2017 11:35 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, Star Citizen Shows Off Earth-Sized Planet You Can Explore

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      October 31, 2017 12:33 PM

      Technically "earth sized planet you can explore" was done in SC years ago, this is an earth sized city covering a planet :-|

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      October 31, 2017 1:56 PM

      Around 12:00 you can watch the player maneuver around a social space on Arccopr

      It’s ArcCorp

      Also during the presentation CR mentioned that they will likely restrict players from flying/landing freely on the city planet. You won’t be able to just fly low/land at any spot. Only the designated landing zones and surrounding air space.

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      October 31, 2017 2:30 PM

      You know what would help SC so much for people like me?
      Stop showing stuff 2 major patches ahead. Just show the 3.0 stuff. Don't show this city or whatever until we can check it ourselves.
      It would suck, it would seem like development slowed for a while, it would be less *WOW* for a few months, but it would really help them look less like they're selling pictures of stuff.

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        November 1, 2017 12:51 AM

        I would tend agree, that showing stuff too early to get sales, seemed pretty shady in the past. And some of these promo videos still feel that way.

        But they have also delivered pretty heavily on a lot of the vision for their game. Still a very long way to go... but 3.0 is gonna be a huge step in the right direction.

        They also realize that 10-months between content patches is waaaaay too long. And they have taken some big steps to remedy that. Delta patcher for much smaller, more frequent updates... and going forward (after 3.0), quarterly update schedules to keep things more fresh.

        I get the haters... SC feels like vaporware sometimes. But their weekly community shows and development schedule openness is the best I have seen in the video game industry... and anyone that cares to follow that stuff, knows they are actually working hard on putting features into the game.

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      October 31, 2017 3:44 PM

      The Beyond Good & Evil sequel tech demo video showed similar ideas.

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      October 31, 2017 4:37 PM

      Daggerfall did that for a country like 20 years ago!

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      October 31, 2017 7:46 PM

      S.C.A.M: Star Citizen Assholes Manipulating

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      October 31, 2017 10:57 PM

      I want to take an Earth-Sized Shit on Chris Roberts’ desk

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      November 1, 2017 2:19 AM

      no player can explore it

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      November 2, 2017 12:42 AM

      Amazing usage of an older tech that not a single Publishers despite having billions of $ and thousands of developers have done. Biggest patch ever 3.0 to come before end of 2017 and many professions (mining, salvaging...) to be added in 2018 together with cities PG and facial expressions + TrackIR like features for the just 45$.
      Still in Alpha but better join now to play/test with +600.000 Backers.
      Leave trolls with their scam alone. According to them, this game already collapsed in 2015 and every 90 days since :) Haters hate...