Star Citizen has been in growth for effectively over a decade now, throughout which era it has raised more than $450 million in crowdfunding, and for those who’re questioning why it is nonetheless in an alpha state in spite of everything that money and time, the newest update from developer Cloud Imperium Video games may maintain a clue.
All of it comes all the way down to one thing referred to as “bedsheet deformation,” which is strictly what it seems like: Guaranteeing that blankets on beds are mussed up precisely, similar to they might be in actual life. That is vital as a result of the “sleep and mattress leisure” aspect of Squadron 42, the singleplayer portion of Star Citizen, was not too long ago up to date so NPCs at the moment are capable of finding and enter their beds, after which sleep till they’re scheduled to rise up.
“We knew early on that, to hit the constancy we count on for Sq42, we would want to do some R&D on bedsheet deformation,” the AI Content material workforce defined, apparently straight-faced. “This work is at the moment underway and, if profitable, will enable the AI to deform their sheets when getting into, exiting, or sleeping inside them. This can be a difficult task and expands the complexity of the characteristic. For instance, what occurs to the sheets if the AI must exit the mattress in an emergency?”
That is definitely a priority, I suppose, though to be sincere I think that within the midst of a disaster like an alien assault or a catastrophic blowout, I would not be spending an excessive amount of of my time seeking to see how plausible the NPC sleeping quarters are. Based mostly on reactions to the replace on Reddit, plainly fairly a couple of Star Citizen gamers really feel the identical manner:
🚀 “what the precise fuck lmao this sport was alleged to be out years in the past they usually’re implementing fucking BEDSHEET DEFORMATION?? I am executed lol” – torvi97
🚀 “R&D on bedsheet deformation….for a sport that’s 10 years overdue. That is the ‘constancy’ that gamers are ready for? I am undecided about the remainder of you, however it is a characteristic I can safely say we might look forward to the patch in 2083.” – InconspicuousBastard
🚀 “Is that this a joke? No marvel they can not end this factor. Pointless characteristic creep at its most excessive.” – Valerian_II
🚀 “How about simply GETTING THE GODDAMN GAME OUT THE DOOR earlier than worrying about how a fricking BEDSHEET will deform.” – BotdogX
🚀 “I assumed Rockstar shrinking horse balls have been ridiculous already however that is a brand new degree of uselessness.” – Radulno
🚀 “Do sheets with totally different thread counts deform in a constant manner, or does the physics mannequin want to have the ability to take care of Egyptian cotton individually?” – Ancillas
🚀 “Nicely congratulations you simply set the sport again two weeks” – ryhaltswhiskey, replying to Ancillas
🚀 “*Two years – fastened that for you” – Chemical_Excuse
A number of the unhappiness appears to stem from the truth that the brand new bedsheet system is the very very first thing listed within the briefing, which some readers could have taken as an indication of its precedence. Actually, the updates are ordered alphabetically, by workforce, and AI Content material simply occurs to return first. There’s loads of different exercise occurring: The Animation workforce, as an illustration, labored on enhancements to facial animations for a number of characters, whereas the Gameplay Story workforce up to date a number of scenes in chapter one with new movement seize.
Most of that work, although, looks like it’ll have some materials influence on the sport. Bedsheet deformation? Not a lot. Immersion is definitely a worthwhile objective however sooner or later I really feel prefer it could be the kind of factor that you possibly can sacrifice in favor of, you realize, some focus.
Regardless that neither Star Citizen nor Squadron 42 are out but, Cloud Imperium started speaking about potential sequels earlier this yr. In February, the studio additionally reworked its growth roadmap—mockingly, to keep away from “distractions” from sad followers.