Squadron 42, Star Citizen’s single-player campaign, recently caused quite a fan backlash against Cloud Imperium Games. That’s because the developers promised a video update on development progress, but it never materialized.
Ultimately Cloud Empire Games has released an official statement yesterday. Some highlights can be found below.
With all Squadron 42 updates, our goal has been to balance SQ42 content sharing while minimally impacting the development team so they can focus on what matters most – finishing the game.
The recent Squadron 42 video update, a brand new show we debuted called ‘The Briefing Room’ was a low-effort video that we started with the aim of sharing more information with you, but on a scrappy and fast way to minimize the inconvenience to the development team and still provide you with new information. We planned this to be a semi-regular show, with its cadence depending on how well the content was received and how disruptive (or not) this first episode would be for our development team. This first episode was designed to specifically focus on (spoiler alert) updates to our conversation interruption technology and level design in Squadron 42. What we discovered after the whole piece was ready and ready to be published was that our approach resulted in a disappointing show. Not only did the episode have major audio issues due to WFH recording, but it lacked visuals to support talking, and we really prefer to show rather than tell. In the end, we decided it wasn’t good enough to show, even for a ‘scrappy’ video that wasn’t meant to be a marketing sizzle trailer. But before that ‘stop-ship’ message got through to our entire marketing organization, we had gone ahead with a public release date.
[…] Something that is often not seen externally is the actual amount of time and effort it takes to assemble the video content that we release regularly. Delivering the updates to the standards we want takes time, and despite those who say they would do well with a rough conversation, we get endless complaints when we deliver, for example, that the monthly reports or linked examples above quickly be rejected or forgotten. The Squadron 42 video is still coming (likely in the coming weeks) along with a range of other updates, including a review of our public roadmap.
Squadron 42 doesn’t have a release date like Star Citizen itself, but hopefully we’ll get more concrete information on development status in the coming weeks. Starring Gary Oldman, Mark Hamill, Mark Strong, John Rhys-Davies, Ben Mendelsohn, Liam Cunningham, Andy Serkis, Gillian Anderson and Rhona Mitra, it aims to provide a very cinematic introductory experience to the world of Star Citizen.