It’s time for Reverse the ‘Verse, check out the transcript of the show!
TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read)
2.4 is not likely to release today, still have some blockers that need to get fixed before it can be released.
Buccaneer Q&A Part 2 goes up today and the Drake market survey winner will be announced this weekend.
Monthly Report drops today after final edits are finished.
Current Caterpillar owners will receive the cargo version of the Caterpillar with all the modules being cargo.
Shubin Application winners will be notified sometime today and later on in the weekend/week they’ll have an official announcement post.
Million Mile High Club will have item ports, but hasn’t had work on it just yet.
Tubed Starmap posters are ready to ship soon, just figuring out some logisitics for warehousing, expect shipping in the next couple of weeks
Also if you haven’t updated your shipping address and purchased one, contact support and Alexis will get that taken care of as there was a deadline awhile back.
Jump Point book is still in production. There has been some recent edits that David Ladyman has to go through. They’ll give word once a clearer shipping date is available.
Base Reliant for now will only be on sale along with the Starfarer and Gemini when 2.4 is live. This is subject to change.
LA office tour will happen when Chris gets back from Europe.
No presence at E3 this year apart from devs going there on their own time as fans.
[Cutlass’s Role] It’s intended to raid convoys, loot what you want and get out. Matt Sherman on last week’s ATV talks specifically about the Drake family and their roles
[Dragonfly concept] It’s coming up soon, just have to wait a little longer.
[Origin] They’re making another ship, can’t give details on it at this point.
[RSI] Apart from the Polaris and future Aurora rework, nothing is in the pipeline.
[Consolidated Outland] They will be making more ships in the future after the success of the Mustang, but nothing in the active pipeline as of right now, just concepts.
[Variants] Standard disclaimer: When base models are finished or when more resources are freed up, then they’ll move onto variants.
[Large ships] Standard disclaimer: Apart from SQ42 ships, they’re scheduled for later in the year. The first larger ship in production now is the Carrack.
[Argo] They would like to sell it, just have to figure out some stuff first before that can happen.
Audio test, Audio test, Audio test, Audio test
We’ve got some hard rocking music for the intro this time.
They’re talking over the intro, but the guitar is so loud I can’t hear what they’re saying. Mostly Ben saying ‘space stuff’
I see Ben, Alexis, Disco (with a huge wig), Justin, and Thomas Hennessey
Tyler is not around, he’s visiting the X-Games in Texas.
Week in Review starting with Ben!
Short week, cause Memorial day was off. Monthly report work this week, that’s coming out today. 2 Q&A’s for the Buccaneer. Usual 10 ft Chairman content etc…
Ben inadvertently started a rumour about the Kr’Thak. They’re made of marshmallow now.
Ali and Ben went to Starfleet Academy. Which is a water treatment station, so it smells bad, but it’s pretty apparently?
Buccaneer Q&A, the second one is going up as soon as RtV finishes. They just got Chris’ feedback on the Monthly Report, it’ll be ready to go out after they fix that up.
Justin did a lot this week. Community has deadlines, so they had to still get everything out this week. They have three hats on the table, Justin wants people to vote on what hat he will wear. There’s a Money hat, a Big Benny’s hat, and a stormtroopers hat.
Alexis’ week was mostly merch stuff this week, getting things tied down. Getting game boxes tied down, long meeting with Toast and Orwin about legal stuff that has to go on boxes.
Working more on art for the Gamescom booth. It’s their first real booth.
Lots of good stuff on AtV this week as well.
2.4 is still on the PTU. Latest build isn’t showing a great improvement on network stuff, they’re still working on that. It’s all in a holding pattern until they can fix some blockers. yesterday Lando was watching Chris walk through everything with the programmers, looking through hardware and software solutions. Chris knows everything that’s going on in the game.
Drake Buccaneer! Been on sale all week, been doing very well. Disco likes Drake. First Q&A went out yesterday with 11 questions. Matt Sherman is the man with the answers behind the Q&A questions.
In the second one that goes out today, there’s a long letter from Matt Sherman about the entire design process.
And now it’s Q&A time! Taking questions from community in RSI chat.
[Caterpillar concept will have 4 cargo modules or empty hull like Tali base?] Can’t confirm either way yet. The ones that have been sold are the cargo versions. Anyone who owns the Cat at this time will get cargo modules. A number of cargo modules equal to whatever they were told.
Disco has reminded The Relay to say we can’t confirm the numbers. Disco cannot confirm the number of cargo modules.
Disco loves The Relay, everyone but Dolvak.
[What qualities of the Shubin applications got the most chuckles?] For Disco he liked personal backstories. He liked folks who put a lot of effort into their background lore. They saw lots of old SC memes as well, space whales and such. Some people see a form on the internet and they start cursing into it for no reason.
[Million Mile High Club item ports?] Intention is yes. No work on it yet, but the intention is yes.
[What’s the status of the Tube Starmap poster?] Ready to ship soon. Working out some warehousing things. Probably ready to ship in the next couple of weeks. There was a deadline, if you purchased one a while ago there’s a point in your account where you can update your address. Basically, go on to RSI and confirm your address.
[Sometime ago it was mentioned that if the Mustang did well, Consolidated Outland would move onto other ships. Have they done well?] They have done well, and they’re looking at the next Consolidated Outland ship. They’re looking at building other multicrew ships from other manufacturers. They’ve got one in the works, they’re not looking as much at starters any more, they’re looking at that ‘tier’ of ship. Koerner will likely have a Connie killer in the future.
[Will Reliant variants be on sale when 2.4 goes live?] Base will be on sale. Not sure if they’re bringing back the variants. Starfarer, Gemini, Reliant base, and new gun. All is ready to go, just waiting for 2.4 to go live.
[large living area in CAT swap out for more cargo?] If Disco remembers the walk through with Calix, it’s on the primary hull, so it’s not part of the UNCONFIRMED NUMBER of modules that can be swapped out.
[Buccaneer is lighter / smaller than redeemer?] Absolutely. Redeemer’s a big multicrew ship, buccaneer’s a single-seat fighter.
[AtV fast forward music who came up with it, it’s peculiar?] Alexis – Just like you
[Buccaneer joke about the pirate?] That was Disco. It was supposed to be a temp thing.
Alexis – Are you just asking questions about yourself Disco? Ben – Have you not watched RtV?
[Drinking horns themed from different manufacturers?] Probably not, but… it’s a good idea?
[Jump Point?] Still in production, it has not shipped yet. As soon as they have a clearer shipping date they’ll update everyone. David Ladyman has to go through some stuff, but they’re working on it.
[Ben and Sandi actor figures?] Ben’s up for it if anyone wants to 3D print him.
[Heyst] Why was alpha UEC and gear wiped for the latest build?] Especially on the PTU, they’re gonna reset often. They created aUEC so they can wipe it however often they want as they test stuff. There’ll be points in the future when you log in and you have a million UEC, and other days when you have none. Alpha UEC, don’t get attached.
[For those that bought shields that can’t be equipped?] They put a matrix in the 2.3 post that shows what will happen, the numbers you’ll get depending on what you have now.
[What happens to the Buccaneer Item X if I upgrade / melt the package after Monday?] It’d be fine if it’s attributed after the sale ends, not before. On Sunday they’ll announce the item, and they’ll attribute the item on Monday. On Monday you’ll see the item appear on the website in your virtual hangar, and you’ll have access to it in-game if you bought it later this week.
[Buccaneer – can it dock with the Cat?] Cant’ talk about the Cat yet
[Will we get to read the winning entries?] yes, that’s part of what they’re clearing.
[Any more origin ships in the works?] yes, they’re talking on one right now, cant’ give any details though.
[Ben! We get insight into the pipeline in the past 10 for the Devs. Can we get more info on the ship pipeline?] There’s all sorts of different reasons for what they do. The Caterpillar is being done because they got to that stage in ships. They have the Drake style guide done, they have the Starfarer done, it’s time for the Caterpillar. Sometimes there are also SQ42 reasons they can’t really talk about. They’re also pretty close to Cargo, and they’ll need ships to hold Cargo when it’s ready.
[Goat Simulator pokes fun at SC?] It’s a parody. It’s funny. Check out the trailer, it’s funny.
[Will Starfarer Gemini have its cockpit glass fixed for 2.4 live?] Can’t promise, but it has been reported. It’s not a blocker preventing 2.4, but it’ll get fixed eventually.
People often ask why they release patches with things broken. They release those because they’re not categorized as a ‘blocker’. They’re known, but they don’t prevent the game from being played. Before they go live they want the game to be playable.
Sandi has arrived
[Status of video tour of CA offices?] It’s on the plate, they want Chris to do it. When he gets back from Europe, he’ll do it.
[Chance of the top hat and monacle getting into clothing options?] Maybe.
Sandi’s taking a selfie.
Ben took out a piece of corn
It’s a happy piece of corn. It plays basketball.
[Can Tom play the guitar behind him?] He can. He plays it every day.
[Can you explain what’s going on when ‘all pads full’ happens?] It’s one of the specific blockers they’re working on. They can’t explain why it’s happening, that’s what they’re trying to do.
[Mark Abent?] Mark was filling in for another dev who was in an accident and was out for a few days, so they didn’t do community stuff while he was busy with that. He’s got important work to do too.
[Are there new hoodies planned?] There are. They ahve some SQ42 hoodies they’re working on. They’re an olive-grey-ish military green.
[When female models in SC?] Working on it. Lots of check-ins in Shotgun this week about the female models, and one of their outsources has been in the office working on it. Lots of clothes for them too.
One thing they’re trying to avoid with the alpha versions is too much player choice though. Sounds non-intuitive, but if you have a slider that has 10 points of view or anything, a QA person has to test every situation with every one of those slider points. Options come much later in the process once the systems are made.
It’s not to say that it’s not coming, but they try to keep as much simple as they can at this point in development.
[Item point displays turned on / off?] Yes, eventually. It’s an immersion breaker. Right now they’re trying to get them to work, then they can turn them on and off.
[Fast forward videos – new way to enter the Avenger from the side, how do we differentiate between exiting to space and exiting to the bed?] Part of the new UI stuff that Zane’s working on. They’re replacing the ‘Use’ button with some inner-monologue type stuff that helps.
[Last weeks Bensday, Ben said the mobiGlas is supposed to be more VR than AR?] That’s not what he meant if he said that, but Ben doesn’t remember the question. It’s supposed to be more like AR than VR.
[Will Hangar arrangements done on PTU be transferred to live?] No they won’t.
[Since Cutlass is no longer the jack of all trades, what’s its new purpose?] It’s a pirate raider. It’s intended to raid convoys. Take out a hull, load out what you want, and get out. Check out last week’s AtV, matt Sherman talks about all the Drake ships and what their roles are.
[Plans to have clothes changing as it is right now, or will there be booths / cabins to choose stuff in?] There’ll be more options down the road. They’re keeping things simple for now as they test the first implementation of clothing.
[Expanding people on PTU?] They don’t do the PTU to advertise. If QA says they need more people, more will be added, but they seem to be happy with the numbers now.
[Reclaimer update? No update since it was sent to be revised] No update, still waiting for a tech designer.
[SC HOTAS?] They’re in the prototype stage. Sandi just emailed to see if they can get an image of it. As soon as Sandi knows, she’ll let others know. They do now have a prototype they’re evaluating.
[If I upgrade a current ship to a Buccaneer will I get item X?] Yes. They’ll make sure that happens.
They’ll talk about the sub flair for the month next week.
[Does RSI have more ships in the works, something between Aurora and Connie?] Nothing in the works right now, other than the Polaris, but that’s much larger than a Connie.
They’ll have more RSI ships in the future, and the Aurora’s getting a look soon, but nothing else planned.
[Xi’An scout revisions / upgrades?] Potentially. They’ll look at it down the line, but not soon. No ship in the game is 100% done. They’ll all see revisions and upgrades down the line.
[Cat was called the Freelancer’s evil twin, but it seems to be much more, has this changed over time?] It changed between initial imagination and the first drawings they did with Jim. It’s been this size ever since then. it’s not a massive change since we’ve seen it, but it’s changed since it was first mentioned.
[Series on AtV about Carrack being worked on?] They’re working on it. Carrack is going into active dev shortly, and they’re going to follow it. Trying to show as much as they can of the Carrack process.
[Sandi hula-girl for Drake ships?] Maybe not a hula-girl.
[New landing zones?] Absolutely. There’ll be hundreds of them.
[Large ship sales coming up specifically the Reclaimer sell me the Reclaimer] They’ll bring back the cat in the not too distant future, gonna be a while before the Reclaimer.
[Has the shipping of goods moved to a US location?] Not yet. They’re looking into options, but it hasn’t happened yet.
[Anniversary sale in 2016?] yes. There will be one.
[Word on how we’ll choose between quick and slow exit animations?] There’s a name for the system, Zane’s working on it. We’ll see it eventually.
[WWF championship belt?] Disco forgot about it.
They’re talking about WWF and WWE now.
[In the newest Bensday you suggested that the Cutlass was going through a pretty big change, care to elaborate?] No. He said he wouldn’t elaborate. When it happens, you’ll know.
[If we buy multiple Buccaneers will we get multiple Item X’s?] Yes.
[Brian Chambers bobblehead?] There is a Brian Chambers 10 for the Chairman coming, but… having to model that hair bobble would probably take too much CPU.
[How many more base ships before we start getting variants?] They’re starting work on variants now. Gemini is coming in 2.4, they’ll look at Aurora and Orion later this year. They are coming.
[What type of microphone are you using?] AKG P120’s
[Argo for sale?] They’ve talked about it and would like to do it, just have to figure some other things first before that happens.
[E3?] They’ve never done a booth at E3 and wont have one this year there. Some of them might go there, but they’ll be as fans. They prefer conventions that are open to the public.
The Polaris is being done in the UK, it’s coming together well.
[Space pandas?] Nope.
[Mining?] Still in development.
[Insurance if we buy the cat in its second coming?] Probably Three year insurance.
[Is there an in-the-works list of possible Cat models that they’re ready to share?] Not one they’re ready to share.
Toast got a bubble want a few weeks ago. It might be the only thing keeping him sane.
Buccaneer Q&A part 2 in a few minutes
Later today there’ll be the Monthly Report, it’s just about ready to go. Just some Chris changes to put in.
Over the weekend probably on Sunday they’ll announce the winner of the Drake Market Research quiz.
Monday’s the last day of the sale
Monday’ll be 10 for the Devs with Brian Chambers who came in to help out.
If Mark Abent is free there might be a Bugsmashers. AtV this week has part one of a two part interview with Jim Martin
There’ll be a Loremakers guide for the Davian system. Adam kicks ass on this weeks’ Loremakers too.
And that’s RtV!
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