With Star Citizen CitizenCon kicking off on 27 October, it looks like there will be no footage of the single-player campaign Squadron 42 at the event again this year. CIG is still battling the bugs of 3.0 with the Evocati testing group, and with 3.0 still not having a final release date, it’s not a huge surprise they are not ready to show any Squadron 42. CitizenCon will focus on 3.0 and beyond (see schedule).
There is hope for some Squadron 42 action later in the year because according to Chris Roberts’ latest update, CIG plans on showing more of Squadron 42 in December. With both Star Citizen and Squadron 42 sharing many of the same systems such as subsumption, until the shared tech is ironed out, Squadron 42 is not going to make an appearance. Roberts says:
“Squadron 42 will be the focus of our Holiday Livestream in December, where we will preview some gameplay and share our roadmap for its completion.
“We have a large team working on Squadron 42 and we’ve been making good progress towards achieving my goal to take the Wing Commander style narrative experience to the next level with first-person gameplay that moves between foot, vehicles and incredible locations all rendered with a fluidity and quality that you normally only see in pre-rendered cinematic scenes. I am confident it is going to be worth the wait; a game that can hold its own with any other AAA story game.
“I am excited to show you some of this in December.”
It’s never a great idea to dish out dates when it comes to Star Citizen but Roberts must be reasonably confident there will be something suitably impressive to show in December. Hopefully this time they will come through and we’ll be able to see that some substantial progress has been made because Squadron 42 is quite overdue based on their initial release estimates.
There’s a lot of Star Citizen backers that pushed cash into the game solely for Squadron 42, myself included. With an all-star cast, and assuming they get it finished sooner rather than later, it could turn out to be rather good. CIG may be struggling with Star Citizen and it’s expansiveness but here’s hoping they can at least pull off the single player game. It’s also worth pointing out CIG has now removed the release date form the Squadron 42 website. Could it be 2019 we are now looking at for a SQ42 release?