One of an important updates in Star Citizen’s lengthy historical past, model three.zero, has begun what is going to most likely be a prolonged rollout. The first section is early testing for an unique group of backers, often called the Evocati Test Flight, on the sport’s public check universe (PTU).
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Evocati are below NDA, however screengrabs have been posted to this Reddit thread which present they have their palms on three.zero. One is a message from their Discord, with the excited announcement that “an early model of three.zero is now out there at the moment for the Evocati Test Flight on PTU!” That was posted this morning.
Depending on what number of points Evocati discover and the way lengthy they take to repair, this section will proceed for some time earlier than three.zero enters unrestricted testing on the PTU. After that section, it ought to lastly roll out to all backers. The devs have pulled complete builds and options from testing earlier than, although it might be scandalous in the event that they have been to try this with a model of this measurement.
Assuming three.zero does make it to the overall participant base, will that imply the sport is lastly completed? Hahaha. No.
Star Citizen will nonetheless formally be in alpha, although it might be stated to be ‘feature complete’ after three.zero, as a result of it would add planetary landings. These have been first proven at Gamescom final yr – having been taken from a model that gamers are solely now getting to check – and are the largest lacking piece of Star Citizen’s present imaginative and prescient.
Planets aren’t the one factor coming in three.zero, nonetheless, as you may see in this pastebin copy of the patch notes. Other additions embrace the sport’s first devoted floor car, a revamped mission system, and a brand new launcher and patcher system.
Further into the longer term, the subsequent stage after three.zero might be a beta, which could occur someday subsequent yr. A completed model would be the one after that, however do not maintain your breath – Star Citizen has grow to be a byword for fluid improvement targets, and any of those subsequent phases may see substantial extensions.