The creator of Star Citizen, Chris Roberts has laid out a development road map for the PC space game, including the Alpha 3.0 release. He states that the Alpha update offers “a giant jump in gameplay potential.” He also states that he believes that Star Citizen is the most ambitious game ever made. Alpha Update 3.0 represents a “major milestone” for Star Citizen, Roberts said, in part because it’s the first time people will get to try the game’s Planetary Tech “in a live build” of the game. “3.0 represents a giant jump in gameplay potential from the code in the 2.x branch,” Roberts said.
The Planetary Tech “opens up a whole new landscape for adventure.” Roberts added “In the same way that Large World and Physics Grids created new possibilities in gameplay by allowing players to go from walking around a space station to boarding a ship, flying it hundreds of thousands of kilometers, exiting their pilot seat, walking to an airlock, opening it and EVAing over to a derelict station, all from the same point of view, the Planetary Tech takes it one massive leap further.” This actually means that when players come across a planet or a moon, you can actually go there, land on it, and explore it on the ground or in a vehicle. “All seamlessly, all with the incredible first person detail that Star Citizen is known for,” Roberts said. “With this we are delivering something that goes way beyond the initial promises and conception of Star Citizen; we will be simulating a First person Universe with almost no limits. It’s a great illustration of how with the support of a Community as great as Star Citizen’s anything is possible.”
Star Citizen update 3.0 is aiming to launch at the end of June, said Roberts, At that time there will be three moons available for players to land on. Cellen, Yella, and Daymon. Later on, “all the main landing zones for Stanton” will be added, which is a little later than first planned. Planetary Tech is just one of the new gameplay systems coming to Star Citizen with the 3.0 update. Another version is the “Player Interaction Mode.” which offers a “much wider variety of actions and gameplay.” Here is a detailed rundown of what else is planned in Apha 3.0. This is also not the last update coming to Star Citizen. This is an in depth road map schedule to get a better idea of what Cloud Imperium is planning.
Roberts went on to boast about Star Citizen and its level of ambition and crowdfunded nature, saying he can’t imagine a publisher would have signed it. Star Citizen is believed to be the most successful community funded project of any kind in history. It’s raised more than 145.6 million, according to the developer’s latest numbers.