Star Citizen has released the latest update entitled Flight & Fight. As the title implies, the update focuses primarily on the core mechanics of the game, bringing a new depth to flight controls and combat options. You can also expect a new vehicle type, the ROC (remote ore collector), updates for several existing ships and more. According to Cloud Imperium Games, this latest update marks “an important step towards our ultimate vision for Star Citizen.” Let’s hope this means “last vision” is not to far away. You can watch a trailer below for the latest Star Citizen update.
Here are the main features of Star Citizen Alpha Update 3.10:
- Dynamic flight mechanics: Flight mechanics have taken a major step forward and now take into account bow thruster efficiency curves, simulated wind effects on aerodynamic surfaces and shock (speed of ship acceleration). Driving a fast yacht ship with streamlined wings in the atmosphere now feels noticeably different from landing a large cargo ship. With these Alpha 3.10 enhancements, every ship in Star Citizen (over 100 and counting) feels unique when flying in a planetary atmosphere.
- Ship Combat Improvements: High-speed space battles see updates to the use of turrets and fixed weapons, improvements to the artillery and aiming methodology, bringing dog fights and large-scale ship battles closer to the visceral battles planned for Star Citizen. Target systems now reward pilots with faster missile locks and firing solutions when flying at lower speeds. By introducing a strategic offensive advantage at lower speeds and a disadvantage at higher speeds, ship-to-ship combat is now more engaging, realistic and cinematic. Crewed turrets also receive a major overhaul of the user interface and a new target locking system to improve accuracy and coordination between the gunner and pilot as Star Citizen approaches the goal of a full multi-crew, group game experience.
- Electron weapon: Bundling energy and ballistic weapons is a brand new and shockingly deadly weapon type. Pilots can look forward to adding the Atzkav Sniper Rifle and Yubarev Energy Pistol to their arsenal, the first two electron weapons from manufacturer The Lightning Company to join the verse.
- Player Trading App: Building on the Unified Friends List system introduced in the Star Citizen – Alpha 3.9 Locked Up & Loaded update, the Player Trading app allows pilots to transfer in-game money directly to other players, bringing the basics is laid for more complex trade and asset management functions on the road – and a more robust player-driven economy in the Star Citizen universe.
- New vehicle – ROC: The all-new ROC (Remote Ore Collector) vehicle from manufacturer Greycat Industrial completes the mining career of Star Citizen and offers miners an entry-level model designed to look for a new size mineral. Designed to work just as hard and be versatile as the miners using it, the ROC is small enough to access hard-to-reach ore deposits, but powerful enough to handle the tough jobs.
- Upgraded ships: Two existing ships are also seeing significant upgrades. The Origin M50 – a ship built around pure speed – features cockpit improvements that give pilots a more open and unobstructed view with dramatic improvements to the ship’s interior and controls. Meanwhile, pilots looking to invest in a nimble fighter who doesn’t sacrifice firepower for maneuverability should look no further than the Khartu-al X’ian reconnaissance ship, which gets a reinforced hull, upgraded weapons and improved maneuverability.
- Technological improvements: Alpha 3.10 also sees improvements to a number of core Star Citizen technologies, including ocean enhancements, dynamic lighting for day and night, and an initial implementation of body dragging, a fundamental step for future gameplay around bounty hunting, medical and stealth.
- New Babbage Grand Opening: The grand opening of New Babbage starts today! First introduced in the Star Citizen – Alpha 3.9: Locked Up & Loaded update, the landing zone and trading hub on microTech is now open for business with new wares on sale, including adorable Pico the Penguin plushies. Don’t want to leave your penguin friend in the game? Players can also grab a real Pico the Penguin Plushie from the official Roberts Space Industries merchandise page to celebrate the icy world of microTech and the launch of the Star Citizen – Alpha 3.10: Flight & Fight update.
If you want to know more about each bug fix and tweak in Star Citizen update 3.9, you can check out the full unabridged patch notes, here.
Cloud Imperium recently updated fans about the development of Squadron 42, Star Citizen’s competent single player. Or rather, they updated when they would share more information – a roadmap to a roadmap, if you like. Star Citizen has currently raised over $ 300 million in crowdfunding.
Star Citizen is currently available in alpha form on PC. The game’s major 4.0 update was originally scheduled to release sometime this month, but it is no more, not even on the game development roadmap.