Star Citizen Hits $39M; Procedural Generation Goal Announced

A new Letter from the Chairman on the Roberts Space Industries website celebrates the news that the crowd-sourced funding for Star Citizen has passed the $39 million plateau, unlocking the next stretch goal of "the penultimate user-chosen star system" (thanks 88fingers). When the game hit $38 million, Chairman Roberts teased "a new goal that will help chart the course for the future of Star Citizen in a different way," which he now reveals to be a Procedural Generation R&D Team, saying "If we can develop a truly great procedural generation system, one that lets us create entire planets for you to populate, then we can expand the game to add these features (and more) in the future." Here's more on their $40 million stretch goal:
Procedural Generation R&D Team – This stretch goal will allocate funding for Cloud Imperium to develop procedural generation technology for future iterations of Star Citizen. Advanced procedural generation will be necessary for creating entire planets worth of exploration and development content. A special strike team of procedural generation-oriented developers will be assembled to make this technology a reality.
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Feb 21, 2014, 19:30
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I worthy goal for another million.. A FOV Slider.
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These new goals are entirely reasonable, and will in no way delay the release of this game.

I will definitely be interested when(if) this game is released, but holy shit, take it easy people. Stop buying thousands of dollars worth of virtual goods for a game that isn't even out yet.
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HorrorScope wrote on Feb 21, 2014, 19:30:
I worthy goal for another million.. A FOV Slider.

Funny but true -- you cannot bet that devs will be experienced enough to ensure a FOV adjustment.
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Feb 21, 2014, 19:54
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FoV slider is going to be in the final game. Currently you can adjust it in the hangar module with the cryengines console.
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Calling it, this game wont be fully released until 2016.
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If it's better for it, so what?
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Cabezone wrote on Feb 21, 2014, 19:54:
FoV slider is going to be in the final game. Currently you can adjust it in the hangar module with the cryengines console.

Which many not so tech savvy people naturally don't know about so they get sick as fuck from the default 55(!!!) FoV. And CIG could not be bothered to just put the default at 75 or 80 via a simple user.cfg entry in over seven months now. Why is it that so many devs always fail at the really simple and easy stuff?
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Techie714 © wrote on Feb 21, 2014, 19:59:
Calling it, this game wont be fully released until 2016.

I agree. I'm predicting a Duke Nukem Forever type of timeline and underwhelming eventual release.
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Feb 21, 2014, 20:28
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Most people ask this about the game; whether they can manually land their ship or decide to go off somewhere and explore a part of the planet. So, I think this is a very nice stretch goal as it meets the desires of a large part of the playerbase.

The thing that I find unanswered is whether it would be possible to go from space to atmospheric flight to ground without any need for a loading screen. From what I know, that is extremely difficult considering the vast distances involved in a single planet and trying to mesh that with the rest of space.

I think they will probably have a switch between space and atmospheric flight, given those difficulties involved.

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I'm waiting for Procedurally Generated Stretch Goals.
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For this amount of money there really gotta be no excuses here, hire top talent required.
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KilrathiAce wrote on Feb 21, 2014, 21:08:
For this amount of money there really gotta be no excuses here, hire top talent required.

Yeah! They could hire Notch!

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Calling it, this game wont be fully released until 2016.

The full release of this game might end up being a mute point. The dogfighter module (aka alpha) is going to be here soon and the ETA on teh first chapter of the sq42 (intro and missions 1-10) is supposed to be released by the end of the year. Episodic after that.

The DFM module is likely going to feel like a very meaty experience in a few months. They're building it to be as functional as it will be in the full game just with a smaller scope. Expect to see it grow into a system where you can jump in, group up with others, go out into space, then the system can match you versus other teams of similar strength, just like we should see in the full game.

It should allow a person flying a single ship to find similar match ups (competitive matches). After that you can expect FPS elements to be added so we could see ship disabling and boarding in the DFM but they will probably hold that stuff back until the Sq42 missions come out just so that stuff has the effect they want.

It's all shaping up very well. If you haven't seen this you should watch it. Every time a new hangar update comes out ppl go and rip the files out to see what else they included that we can't see. The video shows an example of what flying a hornet and a 300i might look like. This isn't official, it's just what they can create from the stuff we have.

Does anyone have concern that spending $35 on this is too big a risk? Are you fucking high? $35.
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Slinkycatz wrote on Feb 21, 2014, 20:28:
Most people ask this about the game; whether they can manually land their ship or decide to go off somewhere and explore a part of the planet. So, I think this is a very nice stretch goal as it meets the desires of a large part of the playerbase.

The thing that I find unanswered is whether it would be possible to go from space to atmospheric flight to ground without any need for a loading screen. From what I know, that is extremely difficult considering the vast distances involved in a single planet and trying to mesh that with the rest of space.

Depending on optimization of an engine I suppose. But that No Man's Sky is going to have the seamless transition from being on a planet, and flying out of the atmosphere into space. I imagine whatever engine No Man Sky is built for that, it doesn't look as 'high fidelity' heavy simulation, but looks good enough in its own right.

As for Star Citizen, who knows, but I would guess it'll be as you say with a switch between the two, like loading areas or something.
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I'm really pumped for the procedural generation research...
best stretch goal yet.
for 40$ I think it's pretty much a no brainer for me to help the cause, really glad they will be pushing the tech for pg and wish them the best of luck to make something amazing
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As for Star Citizen, who knows, but I would guess it'll be as you say with a switch between the two, like loading areas or something.

I know, the answer is no. You will not be able to go from space to planet in one area. You'll have to load into the planet area and space area when you want to transition.

They've said they'd like to make this possible eventually but it's not planned currently.
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thats the plan for the release, but as stated they plan on doing research on pg and atmospheric flight so I'm hoping many a gamers dreams will become reality if they can pull off some amazing new tech.

it's not voodoo as currently done
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They should have made a Texting Social App instead and sold it to Facebook for 17 billion. It has to be easier than the Great American Video game.
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Tumbler wrote on Feb 21, 2014, 22:52:
As for Star Citizen, who knows, but I would guess it'll be as you say with a switch between the two, like loading areas or something.

I know, the answer is no. You will not be able to go from space to planet in one area. You'll have to load into the planet area and space area when you want to transition.

They've said they'd like to make this possible eventually but it's not planned currently.

Why not? No Man's Sky is doing it and that's 3 coders, 1 artist and almost no budget to speak of. That aside I have yet to see PG do anything interesting. It's all just the same thing with minor variations. Big whoop. Do you really want visit planets that are entirely or mostly empty? Even MMOs learned long ago that huge swaths of space with nothing to do in them aren't fun.

And you can't tell me these planets will be great places to explore with vast cities, completely full of autonomous citizens all doing their own thing. This is the problem with space games like this. Trade or fight or both but it gets repetitious quickly. That's why the idea to strive for is a Star Trek like game where there can be trade and combat, but also exploration, science and diplomacy - and I mean fully realized 3D, not just a 4X game.

This stretch goal sounds pretty boring and useless actually. It'd be far better to see the money going to crafting actual experiences for the player.
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this is a win win for these chuckleheads...

when the game comes out, and people bitch about how lackluster everything is, how theres nothing to do, etc.. they can just say "but but but! thats the limitations of the procedural generation technology!! not our fault!" and go back to counting their stacks of money, or maybe taking a swim in it scrooge mcduck style
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