After an exciting week of content from CIG, it’s time to enjoy today’s Reverse the ‘Verse, check it out.
TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read)
The ATV 100th celebration was broken into 4 parts because they gave each studio the focus for each episode with Foundry 42 UK being this weeks.
Next week will feature the Austin studio and the week after will be Frankfurt. They want to give enough time to gather material from the studios to make more meaningful content which is what the new format has shown so far.
Monthly Report has been signed off and should go up roughly an hour after RTV ends.
2.5 will feature the flight ready Reliant, more additions to shopping, GrimHex the new outlaw base in Crusader and some other goodies that they’re keeping a secret.
The Argo will be the next concept sale, but will be flight ready as well and be available in 2.5. Price is unknown, but two of the three models will be flight ready.
Gamescom is only 6 weeks away and full day tickets are sold out. You can still purchase afternoon passes for 6 Euros which grants access from 2pm onwards.
They’re bringing some of Star Citizen’s streamers to the event to help show off Star Citizen to folks at Gamescom.
The booth at Gamescom will be set up like the bridge of an Idris and the command stations will be where you can demo Star Citizen.
Sector map for Crusader is something that’s coming, what we see now is just a placeholder when jumping to other areas within the system. Most UI stuff is not final at this point.
Subflair will come out next week and will be in 2.5 rather than 2.4.
There will be more starter ships, but they’re refining what we may think of as a starter ship. They’re looking at some of the ships from the concept polls, but have made some enhancements and changes so they’re not the exact same ones we voted on previously.
Design posts are something they really want to do right now, but the designers are very busy at the moment.
Show starts in 5 minutes! Your transcribers today will be Erris with myself CanadianSyrup editing and posting. Enjoy the show folks
Disco – Hey everybody! Welcome to Around the ‘Verse!
Welcome to Reverse the ‘Verse. We’ve got Disco and Ben. And I see Justin in the background. They’re still blaring the music though, so it’s very hard to hear anything.
Disco looks all professional today for some reason.
And the music is stopped, thankfully.
Quite a week. Second week of celebrating AtV 100. Yesterdays episode was… quite an episode. First looks at Bengal, GrimHex, and some stuff that should not have been in there…
AtV 100 was originally planned to be a giant blowout. 2-3 hour episode, they wanted to try to kill The Relay with the amount of transcribing they would have had to do, but They changed it now, so there’s one per studio, so we can manage now.
LA did part one, UK did part 2, Austin is part 3, and Frankfurt is part 4.
They’re experimenting with a lot of new video stuff, trying to lock things down when it comes to new video content.
‘Are marshmallows happy?’
They’re talking about Ghostbusters now.
Lots of work being done on the monthly report, it’s pretty much done, will come out later today. Lots of text. It should be out around mid-day. Chris and Legal have done their reviews, should be out an hour or two after RtV.
Toast and Disco are roommates. Toast was doing his review yesterday, and toast was reading, reading, reading, ‘Oh are we allowed to say this?’
The background noise in the room is the air conditioner. It’s very hot there today, so they’re running the AC, regardless.
Monthly report this week. 4th of July was this week. Ben hasn’t been around in two weeks for RtV. Last week Ben took 3 days off to spend time with Alexis’ mom to do California stuff. Went to some museums. Went to the Getti Villa or something. Went antiquing.
This week though Ben mostly did ship stuff. Lots of ship stuff. Some eagle-eyed viewers saw some ship stuff in AtV yesterday.
First look in AtV at GrimHex, first look at 2.5. Probably see some more GrimHex next week from Austin, looking at lighting and such. There are some images in the report as well.
Ben has decided the lore team should be called loreos TM
Disco likes being liked by writers, and thinks they should be called writers.
Where’s my Spaceship!
Next concept sale will be the Argo. It’s not quite a concept sale as it’ll be ready to go with 2.5. It’s not a big ship roll out, but there’ll be roles for the Argo though. People want the Argo, so it’s coming. There are three variants. Two will be ready and will be sold. We saw the Argo in the Morrow tour.
Morrow tour – It’s what’s for dinner.
Carrack – no change.
It’s the next they’ll look at after the Cat. The Cat is doing really well, looking very cool. In the tour of the UK office, Nathan Diersley talked about the ship team – 21 artists. Lots of them working on SQ42 specific ships. Bengal, Vanduul fleet, etc… When they’re done with those, they get to start making Star Citizen ships.
Spoiler warning- SQ42 will be finished.
They’re also going to be refining RtV, so they’ll probably have a list of ships that they should cover each time. Ben made a Terrapin pun.
Moving on to questions now.
[Reclaimer?] Waiting for SQ42 artists to free up.
[Resell baseball caps?] No plans. There are some Big Benny’s shirts coming though.
They’ve got some cool Star Citizen lanyards to give away at Gamescom and CitizenCon
[Argo comes with Pods?] There are three different pod options, two will be ready.
[Phoenix flyable?] Not yet. They have some other base ships to update first – Aurora, 300, Cutlass. After those are done they’ll do variants.
When Chris Smith rebuilt the Connie one of the reasons it took so long is that they built it around the idea of easily switching to variants. Won’t be another 8 months for the phoenix once it’s time.
No price yet for the Argo. With it being attached to 2.5, they can’t give a week’s notice, but they’ll let us know when they can.
[Argo fit in Carrack?] Fit questions are hard till both ships are built.
When they size things out in concept, it’s an educated guess.
[Cat’s weaponry?] Probably wait for the hangar sale.
[Grabby hands?] No updates to report, it’s not Ben’s bally wick. Grabby hands was a concept that Calix Reneau put together to deal with cargo stuff, but it wasn’t the only concept. There’s some exciting stuff in that ballpark that they can’t talk about yet.
[RtV and fancave?] It’s probably gonna come back, but they’re experimenting. They’re down a Hennessy today.
Gamescom! It’s in 5-6 weeks. Very close. They have their very first real deal official show-floor booth this year. It’s been an adventure putting it together apparently.
The artwork for the booth is the Idris, the demo stations’ll look like command stations on an Idris. They just thought it’s cool, why not make it look like an Idris. They debated between the Idris bridge and the Idris flight-deck.
They apparently looked into renting the Midway for an event. The issue was they couldn’t begin to set up till 4pm, and they had to be done and off the boat by 11. Window was a little too short. But they wanted to have an event on the deck of the Midway.
Maybe another time, but they also couldn’t get Internet.
Lots of cool stuff coming for Gamescom. They’ve got a station to stream, they’ll be bringing out some livestreamers from the SC community, they’ll be demoing latest builds of Star Citizen, etc… They’ll do ship giveaways and more. In the evenings there’ll be bar citizen type events.
Full day tickets to Gamescom are sold out, but there are afternoon passes for 6 euro’s which give access from 2pm onwards.
[What’s happening with AtV?] Things are up in the air. Right now they like rotating between each studio, so each studio can have some pride in what they’re showing. Instead of getting four 2 minute segments, now you get a full 8 minutes dedicated per studio. With rotating, they have weeks to pull together footage, make it look better, etc…
Disco has gone to pick up a package that just arrived.
Ben is now in charge. He can’t read questions from where he is, so he’s gonna free-verse.
Things are exciting. Good mood in the office, lots of progress. 2.5 is looking good. Grimhex, flyable reliant. They’ve worked on the next concept sale brochure, cool idea for this one we’ll hear more about shortly. And now Justin has shown up.
Justin has become Jared. Justin is reading questions.
[How will you top this week’s AtV?] NO idea. It was a good one. They pulled out all the stops. But there are million cool things coming.
Disco apparently has bad scissor credit, whatever that is.
They’re opening the package.
Disco is reading a very long letter.
There’s a second letter.
Disco has a Big Benny bear.
The bear is now on top of the camera. I can see nothing else, except ben’s blurry face
I think the bears were sent by Davidian?
This has turned into a bear-centric RtV
… Still on the bears.
They’ll play pick a bear with others later. Back to the show, maybe?
[Zane talked about in-game Star Map in AtV. What about sector map when quantum jumping?] They’re working on a new in-game interface for that stuff. What you see in Crusader right now is temporary. It was necessary to start building Crusader, but it’s not final, like most UI stuff. It’s initial implementation.
[With more clothes soon, will we be getting han-solo UEE style jacket?] Isn’t that the legally distinct from firefly jacket? the duster? But yes, we’ll be getting it, just don’t know when. They did just have a talk with Behaviour about fulfilling some things like that though. They have a list of posters and ship models that have to be finished.
[Will GrimHex be an armistice zone like Olisar?] Unsure. Disco asked yesterday but didn’t get an answer yet.
[One of the floors in F42 Manchester tours has cartoony stuff, was that in place?] Ray Roocroft asked for that. He likes it. Maybe. Can never tell when Disco says anything.
Disco doesn’t really know why they’re there though, they’re probably a leftover.
F42 has been expanding a lot over the past few years, they keep having to buy more floors to fit all the people.
[Big Benny’s surprise?] Next week. With April Fools they revealed 20 seconds of the ballad of big benny’s. It’s done now, they’re ready to share it, it’ll be part of next week’s AtV.
Ben just got a live tweet from Amanda in the UK office. The fish decorations were there before F42 took over the floor.
Ben recently started a Civ Beyond earth marathon game. It is all consuming.
Disco’ll get sucked into Civ 6. Roosevelt!
[Does releasing the Argo in 2.5 mean that cargo will be in 2.5?] No. It’s more tied to its completion for SQ42.
[Procedural stuff in AtV from Frankfurt?] Probably not in AtV. We’ll see it in the near future, but probably not in AtV. They want to wait to show it off. They want it to be a cool surprise.
[Where’s my sub flair?] Sub flair is next week. It’s going to be in 2.5 rather than 2.4. Wont’ see it till 2.5 hits.
[Idris owners get loaner Argo when it comes online?] Yes. If you own an Idris, you have an Argo already.
[Argo a full ship?] It’s a snub. Watch the Morrow tour. It’s a small ship.
[More starter ships?] Yes. There will be more. They’re redefining what you think of as a starter ship though. Might not be anything as entry-level as the mustang or Aurora, but yes, they’re looking at some of the other bigger starter ships from previous polls, It’s the list of ships. Some of the others from the starter poll are being looked at. They’re not the exact same ships from that poll, they’ve had some enhancements and changes. We’ll learn what those changes are when the concept sales come.
[ETA for network improvements?] No hard ETA. John Irskine talking about Austin AtV – looking at getting more info about that, but there’s no date or ETA. If they were in a position to know how long it is to fix the problem, it’d be great, but then it probably wouldn’t be a problem in the first place. They have to figure out what all the problems are first.
[Upcoming Aegis ship still Eclipse? Sounds more RSI?] Ben can see it, unless there are other meanings to the word?
[Disco has lots of posters on his wall?] Disco got all the wallpapers by printing them himself. You can make whatever merch you want for yourself. Just don’t sell it.
[Consider concept sales for FPS weapons and clothing?] Possibly, but not a priority.
Weapons are a little more compelling, but the hope is to move everything into the game economy rather than working it like the ships do right now.
[Last week ship shape showed a different concept for the Cat command module. Is that the new design?] The one in Ship Shape is more recent. It’s still being worked on though, has not been finalised.
[Still looking for volunteers for Gamescom?] Ben thinks they have enough. Reach out if you’re interested though.
[DX racer comfortable?] Disco loves the chair.
[RSI polaris concept progress?] yes! It’s looking cool. Probably show it later this year.
[Date set for Wing Commander 2 Sat. Livestream?] It’ll be after they get back from Europe for Gamescom etc… End of September likely.
Speaking of Wing Commander, the first Wing Commander novel is available as an ebook everywhere ebooks are sold.
[Fonzi style jacket made for Dragonfly owners?] Not specifically for dragonfly owners, but Disco approves of a Fonzi style jacket.
[Concierge top hat and monocle be wearable?] Just a display for now.
[Herald has vanished?] Tune into AtV next week for the Austin edition, there’ll be an update on that. They posted some Herald shots to the Vault last week, and there’ll be some images in the Monthly report later today.
[Design post?] Designers are busy, but they’d like to get one. They’re pursuing that.
[What happened to Lando’s beard?] It’s the lighting.
[Cat land on planet surface?] Yes.
[ETA for game package addon for Reliants?] They will do one once the Reliant is flyable, which is 2.5.
They’re now playing around with the colour of the stream.
[Argo have module installed when flight ready?] Yes. Two modules will be ready.
[Why does loremakers music have a turkey gobble?] They’re going to find out. They have no idea.
[Merchantman or Banu?] They’re on schedule, but there’s no updates.
[More SQ42 character reveals?] They did all the cool ones already, kinda. There’s one they haven’t done, but they did the ones they initially planned. They’re still working on heads to post other heads though.
They put that stuff up when Development decide it’s done.
They’re talking about Garey Busey now.
And Disco is singing.
And that wraps up this week’s Reverse the ‘Verse. Check out this week’s AtV, it was great. Check out next week’s AtV, it’ll also be great. Thanks to everyone who listened and watched and read. Keep being awesome. Jared is Ben’s fuzzy friend. That’s RtV. Congratulations to Ahmed from the Austin team who’s getting Married today! So today’s the least likely day for a patch ever.
Stay tuned for the Monthly report, coming soon, and for The Relay’s Monthly Report summary, coming soon after!
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