Star Citizen's persistent universe draws closer with the imminent Multiplayer Mega Map

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Following the development of Star Citizen is probably a bit like travelling through space itself. The destination is visible, but with no context in the great void, it’s hard to tell how fast we’re going or when we’ll get there. 

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Still, here’s tangible progress: in their next patch, Cloud Imperium are hoping to include a Multiplayer Mega Map that will combine dogfighting and FPS modules under a new streaming system that points the way towards a persistent universe - the initial promise that made the idea of Star Citizen so compelling.

The 2.6.2 update, which has a hopeful release date of March 23 on Star Citizen’s public schedule, will bring fixes to Arena Commander and Star Marine - but the main event is that fancily-titled Mega Map.

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“The mega-map is basically us retro-fitting all the Arena Commander and Star Marine content to take full advantage of our new object container streaming system,” said Chris Roberts in a January video. “Once in, it will significantly reduce the loading times for players getting into the game and that’s a big queue for us since we want to let you play a match of Arena Commander or jump to a match of Star Marine with a minimum amount of loading.”

Better still, the same video offered hints as to the long-term application of that streaming system. Senior producer Eric Kieron Davis said it would “open up a universe of options in the PU and beyond.”

Star Citizen’s persistent universe will join together all of its modes so that friends can carry out missions, do battle in ships or in FPS combat, explore asteroid fields and the like - all without loading screens. Cloud Imperium’s approach has been to build key modules separately from each other, and it’s been a long wait to see the game’s many elements sewn together.

As the developers say themselves: “It’s here in the PU that you begin to see the real promise of Star Citizen.”

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Deadite avatarbrmorgen82 avatarPthfndr324 avatarMalakie avatarraazman avatarPetosiris avatar+4
Deadite Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

The real news will be when 3.0 drops and we can land on planets, actually have stuff to do in the persistant universe and the revamp of the netcode will allow us to have more than 30 fps without the huge lag spikes. Only then will it start to become a real game. The cutting edge stuff they are working on with no compromises will (and does) yield amazing results but it sure isn't quick. 3.0 was due before xmas now I'm thinking it will probably be next xmas. I don't complain because the game looks and plays amazing when it works correctly, I'm simply impatient because one day it will be awesome and I can't wait.

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Pthfndr324 Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

It's hard to build a sturdy house quickly when you first have to make the hammers and nails...and found the company. 3.0 is going to be like the first floor (and basement?). I'm still going to be optimistic though and say a summer release date, but I'm with you in that if it takes longer to perfect, then Christmas is more than fine.

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Malakie Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Wonder how long it will take for the trolls to show up? Oh wait, I see one already did.. I laugh every one posts because it makes NO sense what so ever why some people are so against Star Citizen.. None? What did CIG or the game ever do to them?

The only thing I can think is that maybe these trolls are competing products and devs.... CIG is pretty much burying them and their lame designs.

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Petosiris Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

We listed over a dozen reasons for trolls to hate Star Citizen in a discussions thread on Massively Opinionated once but I don't remember all of those reasons from the top of my head ATM.

However, IMO it's the sum of them which makes some people go overboard. Most people are used to shallow one-genre games with a clear end objective, which is reachable within a couple of hours, played on their console ... Star Citizen is none of that. And that pisses people off - "Who do you think you are, telling me I'm playing shallow games on an inferior platform?" Of course, no-one are telling them that, but they get the feeling that's what many people think.

So, basically, Star Citizen is so different from everything else they know from before and have played earlier that they get into a defensive position in a trench.

But you're right, there are probably some competitors trolling too.

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CUNextTuesday Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Read the glassdoor reviews on CGI, I dare you. You won't because you are too big of a fanboy (probably because you just cannot fathom the fact you spent that much money on ships you will never use). Most people don't realize how doomed this project is, 140 million and all you have are some buggy demos. Seriously? They have broken every promise, missed every deadline. They spend the majority of time and money on selling ships to suckers, and as long as there are suckers they will continue to take their money. The reason why you guys get so salty about the truth is the same reason some will "whistle past the graveyard".

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Pthfndr324 Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Ahh yes, there's my favorite trolling comment. "Why would someone spend so much money on something that makes you happy?!" Probably choice and, well, money.

And then there's the other: "Why are these demos so buggy?!" Then, when transparency on the project is shielded: "Why are they not showing us everything like they said they would?! Open development my foot!"

At least you have something semi original. Barring The Escapist joint Glassdoor comment investigation that either happened or didn't (1.5 years ago?), there are good and bad reviews (company score is 3.6 of 5 based on 28 reviews). Visionaries are demanding...Tesla Motors is at 3.5 while Virgin Galactic is at 3.2. This then begs the question...have you read the Glassdoor reviews on CGI?

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joe.blobers Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Ok so CUNextTuesday you are clearly one of those troll for which the preferred words were Con and Vaporware... still in use by the most low level but the good old Prophecy of Doom is still a winner :)

CIG started end of Nov 2012 with a team of 12 and 6M$... they swithc to tow AAA (Solo + MMO) based on massive flow of funds, withc backers agreement.

2017 will see at least a major patch (SC 3.0) and Sq42 is planned between end of 2017 and mid 2018. They did amazing progress. Everything is fine... except for those who do not understand how a game is created.... Go back buy one of the Publishers games and come back in a year. :)

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Godryc Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

I personally wrote some of those reviews on Glassdoor after Derek Smart had some fake one's posted.

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mac_attack545 Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

I have been in the game for less than the month and yes I understand the game is in alpha. TBH I enjoy the game 100% but hopefully what the developers know is that in the next two, three years software and hardware will change to the point that i'm afraid that what I have will not meet the minimum specs for the full game (once out of alpha-beta) then I will be forced to use another 400-800$ for the game? Will there be any incentive for people backing the game now vs the people who wait until its fully released?

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Pthfndr324 Avatar
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1 Week ago

The game isn't optimized yet (as far as I know, still) yet people can run it 100% fine (30 fps constant) on full settings with a GTX 1070 and an outdated CPU (5 years old) with 16 GB RAM. Two years ago it seemed like a dicey sentiment, running this game on release. But after last summer, not so much.

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brmorgen82 Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

So they're just starting the initial "persistent universe" now.

That means it's about 4 years away from being a viable MMO.

Disgraceful.

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Pthfndr324 Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

They're not just starting the persistent universe now. Where did you read that in the article? What they're doing is to make it easier to access everything already available in the persistent universe with less loading screens. It's the equivalent of knocking down all the walls (loading screens) in a building (game) to access the rooms (FPS, Arena Commander, etc.) Your other notion is speculative at best.

In other words...

"So I didn't read

The article fully. I

Know everything; opinion."

Makes a nice haiku though.

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raazman Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Seems like you have no clue.

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Pthfndr324 Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

How does it seem like I have no clue?

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