Chris Roberts, the founder of Cloud Imperium Games and the man behind the as-yet-to-be-released space game Star Citizen, has said in response to criticism of the state of the game that the promised gameplay is not a utopia and that the game will actually come out.
Chris Roberts responded to star citizen’s forum on criticism of a player. This player criticizes the communication about the state of the game, which he says is often said that work is being done, that the wait can be frustrating and that it explains how the system will eventually work. According to the player, after eight years, the creators have not yet been able to develop a good-looking damage model. He also believes that many basic mechanisms are lacking and that what is there can be called amateurish at best. He argues that achieving the promised gameplay as Roberts suggests could take another 10 to 20 years
Roberts says that the gameplay as he describes it in his extended response is not a utopia and that it won’t take 10 or 20 years to deliver. He says that the systematic approach of Cloud Imperium Games brings more possibilities, but that it also takes longer to see results. In doing so, he specifically opposes Star Citizen and its gameplay from developing scripted actions; The latter would take less time to complete, while Roberts points out that star citizen will first need to build the basic systems and make sure they are connected before the full extent of the gameplay becomes clear. Robert also complains a little about the cynicism that in his view is abundant on internet forums today, with people quickly starting out from the worst-case scenario.
Robert doesn’t give a timeline for when ‘everything comes together’. The planning shows that Squadron 42, a separate single-player story, should go into beta in the third quarter of this year. At the moment there is a period of several weeks when players can fly around the game for free. This will last until September 23. The developer had already $300 million for the development of Star Citizen and now that counter is at $313 million.