If you’re a Star Citizen supporter (or one of those really weird, obsessive haters), you’ve likely kept a close eye on the Star Citizen 3.0 production schedule and seen its shift. That shift is the subject of a recent forum post explaining what’s keeping update 3.0 back.
According to the forum post, most of 3.0’s nebulous dates are a result of uncharted development territory. “We’ve pushed far past the technological boundaries that were previously considered impossible to build the foundation of the Star Citizen universe,” explains the post. “It [3.0] introduces a level of tech and infrastructure that’s an order of magnitude larger and more complex than all of our previous versions combined.”
The post also asks for fans to attempt to keep a measure of perspective, recalling what update 3.0 was meant to be when first announced to what it’s attempting to currently offer.
“Today, 3.0 is about delivering an entirely explorable solar system with the backend services to make it dynamic. It’s about giving us the city and planet building tools to create for you the rest of the universe in an intelligent, scalable, efficient, and compelling manner. It’s about the first step in giving you the tools to create player outposts and communities. It’s about the streaming tech to allow you to take off from one moon, fly across the system, and land on an entirely different moon, the driving a freaking sweet buggy out of the back of your ship to race around the entire planet… all without a loading screen.”
What the post doesn’t offer is any idea of a firm date, but the post promises that the team is working “feverishly” to make sure 3.0 is in its best form before launch. “Our goal is to provide you with the most amazing gaming experience ever. That doesn’t always keep to a schedule, but we think it’s ok to take the time to do it right,” reads the post.
Arguably, this delay is an illustration of scope creep and perhaps the team taking on a far bigger beast than they were expecting. That said, there’s also something to be said for the diligence of the team in trying to make 3.0 work as envisioned. Where do you stand on the matter: is this just another showcase of the devs biting off more than they can chew, or just the way things are in the world of crowdfunded MMOs?
Source: official forums