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Around the Verse: 2.40 - Episode 100 Celebration, Part 3 Written Thursday 14th of July 2016 at 12:13pm by CanadianSyrup, Sunjammer and Desmarius

It’s part three of the 100th episode celebration for Around the ‘Verse, check it out!

As is with any information on our transcripts and summaries, everything posted is subject to change by CIG and in some cases may not always be 100% accurate at the time. While we strive for accuracy, mistakes do happen so please let us know if you find something amiss that we didn’t catch. Enjoy the show!

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read)


  • It’s part three of the 100th episode celebration featuring the Austin studio this week.
  • Work has been steady on Star Citizen Alpha 2.5
  • Free fly week starts tomorrow.
  • MFA, Multi-factor Authentication has gone live this week, check it out in your My RSI account in the security tab.
    • There’s also an RSI app in IOS, Android and MFA supports third party authentication apps such as Microsoft’s app, GA, and Authy.
  • Big Benny’s merchandise starting with the shirts will be available tomorrow for sale.

News From Around The Verse

  • Mike Pickett:
    • Now when you patch you will download metadata and then only download the new or updated game files that you need and old files will be removed.
    • Based on an average customer (30 versions) they will go from downloading about 900GB to less than 1GB.
  • Emre Switzer:
    • Working on Grim Hex: one of the priate base environments launching in 2.5.
    • There’s a bunch of shops and some corridors you can have some firefights in.
    • They wanted to go “super saturated”, “neo” and “noir”: a lot of contrast, a lot of reds and blues.
    • Focussed on integrating shops into the environment more: so this one is open to the alley and you can see all the clothing just hanging there.
    • Working on coupling the light entities with the actual light fixtures (completely new to CryEngine, purpose-built for Grim Hex): when the lights flicker the emissives on the assets will flicker as well
  • Rob Reininger:
    • Scutters is a weapons and armour shop geared towards outlaws.
    • They wanted to avoid every shop conforming to a standard format: one way to give them character is cycle out the inventory throughout the universe.
    • Another shop is a clothing shop run by a drug addict: he lives in the back, it is very small and has a  “Chinatown flea market” kind of feel.
    • New clothing coming online: boots, jacket, outlaw bandana, various hats, various shirts, a leather jacket
    • For the near future each release will try to facilitate a different group of people in the universe to help develop it and make it feel more unique: you’ll see a different blend of people walking around the stations throughout the universe.
  • Josh Coons:
    • Herald’s come a long way since the last time: the greybox is now about 80-85% complete.
    • Some finer detail, finer decals and some interior work (mostly cockpit/design) to do.
  • Tony Zurovec:
    • Released the first iteration of shopping and persistence: this is really critical, not just for the near-term functionality that it enabled, but also for a lot of upcoming features.
    • Wrapped Levski a while ago but the guys in Germany made such rapid progress with the Procedural Planets they decided release the two things together.
      • Levski required a bit of retrofitting: it had to be merged into a procedural body; it had to get changing booths and more landing pads
      • Levski has a Blade Runner-esque bazaar with small vendors.
      • Levski’s main area will be secure but won’t sell illicit goods – you’ll need to go to the abandoned, dangerous areas.
    • Tony has been working on Subsumption recently – the AI and mission system
      • He’s been working on the architecture, the editor and closely with the German and UK teams for Subsumption.
      • Subsumption will increase productivity of designers that create AI/mission logic.
      • Current missions take longer to construct; aren’t as flexible and are more error prone.
      • It will also allow better content to be created.
      • Each AI needs to be able to respond to a wide variety of stimulus.
      • Some AI stimulus will propagate, others won’t. Some will run alongside other stimuli.
    • Cargo (Courier Transport) is the first occupation upcoming.
      • It includes initial commodities and prices; UI for buying and selling and systems to unload/load cargo.
      • Piracy and Smuggling with accompany Cargo – as more plundering occurs, increased notoriety will attract law enforcement and security.
      • Retail UEE shops won’t sell illicit goods but if goods can be snuck into port then black market dealers might be found.
    • Mining and Salvage will also come soon.
      • Mining/Salvage won’t be accompanied by relevant ships so mining will focus on labour-intensive manual mining.
      • This includes ore from planetary bodies and gases from gas giants.
      • Salvage will have a salvage gun which can be used to break down materials from a ship.
      • This requires precise targeting of valuable components but can be profitable.
    • Each player will have a Service beacon that allows requesting/accepting services from other players in mobiGlas.
    • Services include rescues, fuel, repairs, escorts, etc.
    • This will allow players who are interested in a specific job to get lots of gameplay they would enjoy.

Wonderful World of Star Citizen

Editors note: Special shoutout to Desmarius who managed to transcribe the lyrics for the Big Benny’s video.

  • Jared Huckaby explains that the Wonderful World of Star Citizen is a fan showcase
  • Big Benny’s, a simple vending machine, has taken the galaxy by storm in popularity with the Big Benny’s Summit Challenge
  • With the community’s help, the creator of Big Benny’s theme song and Years1hundred we present a “four minute odyssey of noodle consumption”.
  • Years1hundred thanks the community and CIG for their assistance and consideration.

MVP w/ Tyler Witkin

  • Mr Hasgaha got the MVP for his very cool, Big Bennie’s Addiction Public Service announcements.

ATV Fast Forward

Full Transcript

Intro With Jake Ross (Producer), John Erskine (Studio Director). Timestamped Link.

Jake Ross (JR): Howdy. Welcome to Around the ‘Verse, Star Citizen’s development weekly update. I’m Jake Ross, Producer here in the Austin studio.

John Erskine (JE): And I’m John Erskine, I’m the director here in the Austin studio and I’m the Vice President of publishing for Cloud Imperium Games.

JR: Welcome to Austin’s segment of our 100th episode of Around the ‘Verse. If you’ve been tuning in the past couple weeks we have a weekly update from LA two weeks ago, and one from the UK last week and this week it’s Austin’s turn in the spotlight. So we’ve got a studio tour we’re going to show you guys, a detailed look at some our development going on here in the Austin studio by folks like Rob Reininger, Lead Technical Designer, Emre Switzer, Lighting Artist, Mike Pickett, Systems and IT engineer and Josh Coons one of our Ship Artists here. First I want to talk about the last Star Citizen news.

JE: Yeah that’s awesome, we’ve worked really hard to put together a great show this week. We’ve got lots of cool stuff to show you. Do you want to tell us a little bit about what people are working on right now in the studio?

JR: Yeah so globally we’re working towards Star Citizen Alpha 2.5 and there are folks here in Austin who are working towards that release as well, particularly on the Grim Hex space station which is more of our, it’s a new kind of piratey outlaw station that will be providing an opportunity to spawn in different locations besides Port Olisar. So we’re really excited about that, we’ll see a bit a more detail there in the studio update here in a little bit.

We’re also working towards Gamescom which is a few short weeks away now.

JE: Cool, it’s coming right up. Yeah I mean that’s all really exciting. Hey if you’ve been thinking about checking out Star Citizen or you have a friend who wants to check out Star Citizen, we have a freefly promotion that starts tomorrow. In order to check it out, you just have to create an account on our website, download the game, and then you can just log in and you can check out the Crusader module, you can check out Arena Commander, you can check out the whole game and then that’s going to run for a week. So that’s a cool promotion for anybody that finds out about or it or you want to share it with them, tell them to check it out.

JR: Cool, and we just upgraded the account security system, is that right?

JE: That’s right. Just this week we launched a new system developed by our platform team that enables Multi-Factor Authentication. So this adds a significant layer of security to your account if you turn it on. You can have device identification that is either confirmed by email or through a secondary app on your smartphone. We developed our own RSI app which is available on IOS and Android, or you can use other popular apps like Authe or the Google Authenticator or Microsoft’s authenticator as well. If you want to check this out, just go to your My RSI account, under the account settings and look for a new tab on the left side that says Security. You can turn it on, it’s super easy to set it up. I encourage everybody to do that to protect your account.

JR: Yeah I’ve already done mine, it’s a real quick and easy process

JE: Super simple.

JR: Yup, It’s great

JE: Super simple.

JR: And then there were shirts on the merchandising front. We have the new long awaited Big Benny’s themed shirt that will premiere in the pledge store tomorrow. I know a lot of people are looking forward to this as am I, I’ll be one the first ones in the pledge store to get mine, so look forward to that.

JE: Cool. Big Benny’s a hit, you’re going to hear more about Benny later in the show, but hey enough of us, why don’t we take a little tour of the Austin studio and find out what’s been going on this month.

Studio Tour With Ahmed Shaker (DevOps Engineer), Bryan Brewer (Lead Animator), Justin Binford (Global QA Director), John Erskine (Studio Director), Mike Jones (IT Director). Timestamped Link.

JE: Hey everyone, welcome to Austin. I’m John Erskine and I’m the Studio Director here. Let’s take a little tour of the studio, follow me.

Hey Justin, how’s it going?

Justin Binford (JB): Hey John, pretty good.

JE: Good.

JB: Welcome to the QA room everybody.

JE: Cool. This is Justin Binford, he’s our QA Director for CIG and he’s stationed here in Austin. You want to tell us a little bit what the QA team’s working on right now?

JB: Yeah this week we got on our playtest 2.5, or what the build will later become 2.5 and that is the pirate base Grim Hex’s and the flyable Reliant among other things, and some other stuff we’re working on is we have some dedicated testers working on First Person Shooter mechanics. The latest thing they’ve been touching is the cover system and we also have back here, the dedicated testers for Squadron 42 and they’ve been working on lately the procedural planetary tech and they’ve been remarking how cool it is to transition from space to planet in the context of the Squadron 42 mission.

JE: Cool, That’s awesome. We just, within the last hour and a half launched the new Multi-Factor Authentication system as well right?

JB: Yeah, that’s another thing we’ve been testing lately is the two factor authentication and we’re really happy to finally roll that out to everybody.

JE: Cool, Cool. Seems like it’s going smooth. We found a couple of things immediately and I think we’ve already made a little patch in the backend so it’s all looking good.

JB: And here we have Andrew Hessey, the QA Manager and he’s working on profiling some of the builds to make sure that the Grim Hex pirate base doesn’t, to tell the engineers exactly what kind of performance hit it might have.

JE: Cool, let’s go see if we can find Mike Jones and talk to some of the DevOps guys a little bit.

We’re going to walk through this way.

Hey everybody, wave hello to the camera, hey there, oh don’t show there, you guys can’t wave.

Hey everybody [Everyone waves].

Let’s see if we can find Mike.

Hey Mike, you around?

Mike Jones(MJ): Hello John.

JE: Hey everybody, this is Mike Jones he’s our IT Director and heads up lots of different things for CIG including the Dev Ops team and the Live Ops team that are right here along this kind of long row.

Mike do you want to introduce us to the team, maybe we can stop and talk to Ahmed a little bit, see how things are going.

MJ: Yeah sure. Right here we have our Dev Ops team. Behind this team we have Build Ops, and our Game Support team. We also have Ahmed at the end and some of the test support group. Our IT team is spread out through some high security locations in the building, so we won’t be able to see them today.

JE: Okay cool.

MJ: And here’s Ahmed.

JE: You keep them behind locked doors is what you’re saying, for their safety or ours?

MJ: I think it’s for everyones.

JE: Okay good. Hey Ahmed, how’s it going?

Ahmed: Good how are you?

JE: Good to see you.

Ahmed: Nice to stop by John.

JE: So tell us what you’ve been working on.

Ahmed: So we have been working on automating everything we can make. Making our delivery time for all kinds of builds faster and we manage day to day for all other environments: PTU, Live, and QA.

JE: Yup, and we just in the month of June finished a major push for 2.4 and another update 2.4.1 and so now you have a little bit of quiet time to work on automation.

Ahmed: True yeah, we have a lot of change coming down the line for the deployment pipeline. Change in tech we’re using, moving more towards data driven automation so it’s going to be awesome.

JE: Cool, awesome. Well thanks for showing us, thanks for talking to us.

Ahmed: Thank you for stopping by.

JE: Lets pop in on the animation team and see if Brian’s around.

You can see we’ve got a little space for growth in the studio. We’ve got some people coming onboard soon, so let’s see if we can find Brian.

Hey Brian, how’s it going?

Brian Brewer (BB): Hey how’s it going?

JE: Good hey. This is Brian Brewer, many of you have seen him before and know him well. He’s the head of our animation team in Austin. You want to tell us a little bit about what you guys are working on?

BB: We are building an exciting, impressive, living breathing universe. We’re bringing good things to life. I don’t know how else to put it, but I think we’re going to be very impressed with, or you guys are going to be very impressed with what you’re going to seeing coming down the pipeline here.

JE: Cool. You guys always have fun toys here with your guns and all kinds of stuff and I always enjoy looking at what everybody has on their screens, but a lot of this we’re going to see soon with some of the Gamescom demos and some of the fps modules that are coming on.

BB: Oh most definitely. Most of our props are when we’re doing motion capture, but we do use them a lot like we go into… Here let me show you an example here. So whenever you go into a shop because you want to buy a weapon, we get this, we get a little Go Pro, we stick it on our head and we sit there and we go, “Hmm, how are we going to inspect this weapon, and we’re just like this little thing, charge the handle you know, pull out the clip”,whatever, you know. We shoot all this reference video to create a library so that we can go back and hand key or do whatever we need to later as reference.

JE: Cool, that’s awesome. Well thanks for the quick stop, we appreciate it.

BB: Sure no problem. See you guys later.

JE: Awesome, great. Everybody want to stand up and wave and give a look?

We’ve got people peeking over their monitors, alright.

Hey everybody, cool. So this is our animation, we’ve got some designers here in Austin. I think you’re going to get a full report from Tony in another segment so I’ll leave them off the tour today. So this concludes our tour everybody, thanks very much.

[Everyone] Bye!

News from Around the Verse With Jake Ross (Producer), Tony Zurovec (Persistent Universe Director), Mike Pickett (Senior Systems Administrator), Emre Switzer (Lighting Artist), Rob Reininger (Associate DevOps Engineer), Josh Coons (3D Artist). Timestamped Link.

Jake Ross (JR): Hey guys Jake Ross here, Producer of the Austin studio, and here’s a studio update for you from CIG Austin.

So this week we’re going to dive a little bit deeper into the 2.5.0 release as well as some other things. We want to talk about patch reduction, Grim Hex, a ship update. So let’s kick things off with Mike Pickett, Systems and IT Engineer here in Austin, to discuss patch reduction.

Mike Pickett (MP): So what happens is, when you go to patch the game now what you’ll do is download just this metadata which is very thin. It’s still pretty big because it’s a lot of data, but very, very thin. And you will only download the data that you need: say the new files, the updated files, that sort of thing. Old files of course will be remove.

We looked at, say, a 30 version history for your average customer and those versions are about 30 gig in size. And the average customer would download about 900 gigabytes worth of data, which is big: that’s close to a terabyte. With the new system we’re actually looking about less … less than about a gig. Because although we put out a lot of art most of the new data is actually not as large and there’s a smaller subset of updated data. So we’re pretty excited about it. We think you guys are going to like it.

JR: Alright let’s step over to Emre Switzer, Lighting Artist here in Austin, to talk a little bit about … a deep dive into the lighting updates for Grim Hex station as well as some more generic art updates as well.

Emre Switzer (ES): Hey guys. I’m working on Grim Hex which is one of the pirate base environments we’re launching in 2.5. It’s a really exciting environment to work on. There’s a lot of stuff to do within it. We got a bunch of shops that you can go shopping in as well as some corridors you can have some firefights in.

So let’s jump right in. Show you guys around.

So this basically is the moodboard that we got from our art directors that showcases the direction that we want to go with the level. So in here you can see that we want to go “super saturated” and kind of “neon-noir”. It’s a lot of contrast, a lot of reds and blues. And just … it’s a really cool lighting set up to go with because it’s something we haven’t really done before.

So if I go over to our actual level here. See how that executed into the level. So … I’ll just fly around a bit here.

This is our beautiful corner. Which is the part of the environment that we take to 100% first. Just to get a feel for how everything will look in the end. So we’ll fly around here a little bit. Another thing that we kind of focussed on was integrating the shops a little bit more into the environment. So there isn’t like a single door that you go into to go into a shop. You can kind of just come down this alley and see all the clothing just hanging there that you can try on and purchase.

So one of the really interesting things that we’ve been working on is coupling the light entities with the actual light fixtures themselves. This is something that is completely new to CryEngine that we purpose built for this environment. So when the lights actually flicker, in the level the actual emissives on the assets will flicker as well. And so this makes it look a lot less … fake and it makes the environment seem more cohesive as you can change the light style, which is basically an animation that we apply to the light, and the actual fixture will change to match that.

So if we change the brightness, for example, to zero on this light then not only will the light within the scene change but the actual emissive will change as well. Which is pretty significant. That tech hasn’t existed before and it’s something that’s really powerful for us to, again, make the environments feel more cohesive and realistic.

JR: Good stuff. Alright let’s jump over to Rob Reininger, Lead Technical Designer here in Austin, to talk a little bit about Grim Hex and some shopping updates.

Rob Reininger (RR): Hey I’m Rob Reininger, Lead Technical Designer in the ATX office. We’re going to show you a little bit more about shopping and the shops coming up in the Grim Hex stations. So, let’s get to it.

Alright, first shop we’ve got here for you is Scutters and it’s a weapons shop. Kind of a … somebody who’s just a little sick of the UEE, just kind of wants to get in get his money. He knows he’s kind of selling weapons to people that are probably not going to do very good things with them, but doesn’t really care at this point. Just fed up: that’s why he’s out here on Grim Hex. But he sells a combination of mostly things geared towards outlaws. You can see the armour over here. It’s kind of a combo shop.

One thing that we wanted to do was make sure not every shop was just the standard format. So “this is a weapons shop.” “This is an armour shop.” Like things need to have character and one way to do that is to make sure we constantly cycle out the inventory as we go throughout the universe.

So the next shop that we got here is run by a drug addict, though it’s … he’s just kind of tucked away in back alley over here. He’s living out the back of his shop so the inventory he’s got is kind of this mix, mismash of different items. This is not representative of the items he’s going to have. I’ll give a showcase of what’s coming up but this is just for proxy work to make sure everything is looking the way we want it to. But as you can see he’s kind of living here in the back and all dimly lit. Place doesn’t look very clean. He’s not really a clean type of guy. So it’s real small: we were trying to go for the “Chinatown flea market” kind of feel. Got stuff hanging from the rafters up here. So it’s hopefully just going to kind of give a little more character and help continue that, you know, “outlaw, we just kind of do things our own little chaotic way” type of feel that the Grim Hex station has.

So the other thing that I kind of put together for you here, before we get out of here, is … this is an example of some of the clothing that is coming online here pretty soon. We got some new boots, we got a new jacket, we got the little outlaw bandana coming online.

To give you a little showcase of some of the other items that we’ve got, we don’t have them in-game quite yet but … and just a disclaimer these may change a little bit before they get in game. But we’ve got a couple of different hats coming online. Wide variety. We’ve got a leather jacket here that’s a little more kind of “bad boy” feeling. Much different variety of shirts that deviates a lot from what we had in the first release. Just kind of a different feel from what we had. Every release, at least for the near future we want to try and get a different … facilitate a different group of people within our world. That way we can build the world out a little bit better and make it feel much more unique and you see a much different blend of people walking around the stations throughout the universe.

JR: Now let’s go over to Josh Coons, a ship modeller here in Austin, to talk a little bit about an update on the Herald.  

Josh Coons (JC): The Herald’s come a long way since the last time you saw it. We were about 50-60% with the greybox. We’re at about 80-85%. We’ve got some remaining finer details, the “nuts and bolts” if you will, finer decals. A little bit of interior work to do, mostly cockpit related and design related. We’re going back and forth between Design and Art when it comes to gameplay. So those are the remaining art tasks. It’s shaping up to be a really, really nice ship and I can’t wait for it to be done and you guys get to fly it around the ‘verse.

JR: Alright we’re excited now to give you guys a little something I know you guys have been waiting for, a special treat interview with Tony Zurovec, Director of the Persistent Universe. We’ll just kick it on over to him.

What have you been working on lately?

Tony Zurovec (TZ): The last several months have been really busy. We got the first iteration of shopping and persistence out the door which is something that we’ve been working towards for quite a while. This was really critical, not just for the near-term functionality that it enabled, but also for a lot of upcoming features. We wrapped Levski quite a while ago. We were originally planning to release it earlier this year but the guys in Germany have been making such rapid progress with the Procedural Planetary stuff that we decided to hold off and release the two things together. This necessitated a bit of retrofitting though: Levski had to be merged into one of those procedural bodies, and it had to have changing booths added so you could outfit your character with anything that you’d purchased. We also had to upgrade the number of landing pads since you’ll be able to seamlessly fly from space right down to the city and we wanted to minimize how long you’d have to wait before you could touchdown. Artistically, Levski is absolutely gorgeous with one of the most interesting areas being a Blade Runner-esque bazaar where small vendors will sell all sorts of things. The main area will be pretty safe and secure but if you want to buy or sell any illicit goods you’re going to need to venture down into the abandoned areas of the facility where it is much more dangerous. More recently, I’ve been spending more and more time on Subsumption which is the AI and mission system that’s going to drive all the gameplay. I’m working on the architecture and programming the editor and in general working very closely with Francesco Roccucci in Germany and a lot of other programmers over there in Germany and in the UK to bring this entire system into being.

When will we start to see the benefits of Subsumption?

Subsumption is going to have a dramatic impact on the gameplay experience because it’s going to seriously increase the productivity of the designers that are charged with crafting all of the AI and mission logic. By comparison, the missions that we’re currently putting into the game – they take far more time to construct, they aren’t nearly as flexible and they’re much more prone to errors – they- this increase in efficiency isn’t just about allowing more content, it’s also very much about allowing us to create better content. By way of example, think about a Bartender, if you want them to look really intelligent they need to be able to formulate complex responses to a given stimulus – a request from a patron for a drink might cause them to head over to the sink, grab a glass, walk to the beer tab, use it then put the drink on the table in front of the customer and depending on whether they get stiff they either head back behind the bar or call security – the issue though is that you need your characters to be able to respond to lots and lots of different stimuli – a glass that falls on the floor and breaks needs to be swept up; A garbage can that’s full needs to be emptied; A rowdy patron needs to be warned to quiet down and on and on and on and on. These responses also need to be prioritized – it’s okay to stop cleaning dishes to break up a fight but not vice versa. There are a lot of subtleties, like whether a stimulus needs to propagate after a character has agreed to respond – the sound of a gunshot should affect everyone but a request for a drink can only be filled by a single server – these sub-activities, as I call them, also need to be combined when appropriate – the characters need to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time – the problem becomes more apparent when you consider that the game will have a lot more than Bartenders – you’re going to have Shopkeepers; Tourists, Vandals, Security Guards and loads and loads of other types of characters – all of which are going to need an extensive array of potential responses – these are precisely the types of problems that Subsumption was designed to handle.

What are the first occupations that you’ll be aiming to support?

Cargo Transport is one of the first few occupations that we’ve got on tap. We’re currently finalizing the initial set of commodities; setting prices; creating the UI that will allow you to buy and sell these things and adding the ability to automatically load and unload the cargo. Piracy and Smuggling should arrive around the same time – as you pillage and plunder within secure zones, you’re notoriety is going to increase and you’re going to start to attract a lot more attention from the security forces. Now you can of course board a ship and take it over but you’ll also have the option of simply destroying the ship and sifting through the wreckage to recover whatever valuable bits and pieces you can find. Retail shops within UEE space won’t usually deal in illicit goods but if you can smuggle your goods into port without being detected, you might be able to find a blackmarket dealer. The last of the initial set of occupations that we’re going to bring to the game is going to be the Mercenary which is the Merchant’s answer to piracy. Mercs are going to earn a living by taking on all sorts of gun-for-hire missions including responding to merchants that are in immediate distress – their level of success, their reputation, is going to be tracked so that only the best are offered the most lucrative and important missions. The second set of occupations that we’re going to add is Mining and Salvage – we won’t have the dedicated ships necessary for these things until some time next year I’m really anxious to widen the scope of what you can do within the game and so we’re going to be adding some more labour-intensive up-close-and-personal variations on these jobs. On the mining front, for example, you’ll be able to extract small pieces of ore from planetary bodies by hand although a bit of excavation might be required to unearth them – valuable gases will be able to be collected by affixing a canister on natural vents and other things of that sort. On the salvage side, a salvage gun will allow you to strip surface materials from a ship and transfer the material into containers – it wouldn’t be cost effective, it would simply take far too long to break down an entire ship like this but if you know where the most valuable areas are in the different types of ships then you’ll be able to make a pretty good living doing this. One of the things that I most like about adding support for these labour intensive variations is that it is going to allow any number of players to cooperatively work together.

How are you going to encourage players to interact more?

One of the things that we’re aiming to do is to make it easier for players with compatible interest to hook up at just the right time – to that end we’re adding a service beacon to every player’s mobiGlas so they can offer and request services from one another. Now a player whose ship has been destroyed might need picked up or maybe they need fuel or repairs but they don’t want to have journey all the way back to a planet or a space station – the service beacon is going to allow them to broadcast what they want along with other information like what price they are willing to pay and other players that are looking to fulfill those types of requests can decide whether they are going to accept that offer. This dynamism is going to have some interesting ripple effects on the gameplay – when a player is looking to serve as a combat escort – they are implicitly telling you that they are interested in a particular type of gameplay – they are probably the sort of player, that at least for the moment, is looking for a bit of action – a miner, though, does not face a constant threat level across their entire journey so you want to give them the flexibility to spend their security budget where they really need it which is simultaneously going to increase the likelihood that the players acting as combat escorts are going to get more of the type of gameplay that they are really after. The service beacon is going to allow these kinds of dynamic, contractual links to be created and broken between the player community at will and I think it’s going to, not only, allow for more interesting gameplay but also provide a lot more opportunities for players to really get to know one another.

What upcoming features have got you most excited?

One of the upcoming features that I’m most excited about is the procedural planet technology because it’s going to add some totally unique colours to the palette with which we paint scenarios – we’ll have plenty of ways to entice you to set down on a planet, exit your ship and when you’re out in the open and vulnerable and racing back to your ship while being strafed from above – that’s going to have a totally different feel than being in a dogfight in space or in a straight on FPS battle. Another feature that’s got me really stoked is the server transition technology which is going to break down the walls between the isolated server instances and start to finally push all the players in the game together – that’s a bit farther out because we have to replace all the low-level CryEngine network code but it’s going to have huge impact across a wide spectrum of gameplay and ultimately it’s going to make the entire world feel a lot more alive.

JR: Fantastic stuff. Thanks guys so that’s all I got for you this week guys, thanks and we’ll see you around.

Wonderful World of Star Citizen With Jared Huckaby (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

Jared Huckaby (JH): Welcome everyone once again to the Wonderful World of Star Citizen. I’m your host, Community Manager Jared Huckaby, and if you’ve never seen the Wonderful World of Star Citizen before this is where we highlight the amazing contributions to the overall Star Citizen experience created by the fans themselves, and frankly, no fan contribution has been more unexpected than the ascension of Big Benny’s. 

Now originally Big Benny’s was just a simple vending machine found within the nascent Stanton System, but it wasn’t long before enterprising Star Citizens took it upon themselves to take these vending machines on tours of the entire playable galaxy, exploring all the places that Big Benny’s could go. Videos abounded, memes covered social media and emerging game-play was discovered with the Big Benny’s Summit Challenge where players used all manner of tricks to bring Big Benny’s back to their spotting location on Port Olisar. It’s safe to say that Big Benny’s [chuckle] took on a life of it’s own.

Now to celebrate this contribution that the community has made to the Star Citizen experience, we’ve worked with the original creator of the Big Benny’s theme song to expand it into a four minute odyssey of noodle consumption. Then we worked with the Star Citizen community itself over three months to gather footage of Big Benny’s in every place you could possibly put it. Then we worked with community video editor Years1hundred to cut this together, so that it is a truly Star Citizen community endeavor.

Years1hundered: Hey everyone my name is Years1hundred, and I just have a couple of things I’d like to say to y’all before you watch this video. First of all thank you to Cloud Imperium Games and Jared Huckaby for allowing me to work on this. It was a really different project than from what I’ve done in the past, and so it was a lot of fun to be a part of, but I’d also like to thank you guys, the star citizens, for all the videos and pictures that you provided on the forums. Without your hard work and amazing contributions this wouldn’t have been possible. So I’m very, very grateful to all of you. Thank you very much again, and I hope you enjoy the video. Have a good one. Bye. [waves goodbye]

JH: Now with that we present to you the world premiere of the Ballad of Big Benny’s.

MVP With Tyler Witkin (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

Tyler Witkin (TW): Hey there, Tyler Witkin, Community Manager in the Austin, Texas studio, here to bring you this week’s MVP. When you think of Austin Star Citizen’s screenshots – you probably think of this individual – I want to give a huge congratulations to hashaga for his public service announcements helping those who may have become a little too addicted to a certain cup of noodles.

And now we’re going to take a first look at the latest edition to the series which should be on the community hub right now! Congratulations sir, you are this week’s MVP. Back to you guys.

Back to Studio With Jake Ross (Producer), John Erskine (Studio Director). Timestamped Link.

JR: 100 episodes, that’s quite an achievement and one that I think that we’re all very proud of. I wanted to first of all thank the fans for contributing over three months worth of videos for that Ballad of Big Benny’s video you just saw – without you guys that video would not have been possible so thank you for that.

Making these a hundred episode- 100th episode special I think was really, really important to us because we were breaking it up into four chunks so we could highlight each studio – you guys have made this wild ride so much fun and I’ve been on Around the ‘Verse for a while now, giving the studio updates and I will always look at the comments you guys leave and it’s always very positive so I want to thank you guys for that, you guys mean the world to us, thanks for everything.

JE: Thanks for everyone in the Austin studio who has taken a lot of time this week to put together segments that we’ve shared today – thanks for the guys and gals behind the scenes that are putting this all together and we’re looking forward to this new format where we show as much or more as we tell and the goal is to rotate so that each month you’ll get a big major update from each studio to hear about what’s going on in that studio.

AtV Fast Forward With Jake Ross (Producer). Timestamped Link.

JR: So now of course we can’t leave you without a Fast Forward – so we’ll give that to you guys now.

Outro With Jake Ross (Producer), John Erskine (Studio Director). Timestamped Link.

JR: Be sure to tune into Reverse the ‘Verse tomorrow morning at 11am pacific time on Twitch.

JE: And thank you to our subscribers for making this show possible, without you we wouldn’t be here and as always, we’ll see you Around the ‘Verse.

JR: Around the ‘Verse.


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