The Star Citizen dev team have been struck by the pandemic as severely as everyone else, bloating the already drawn out development process further. This year missed the internal Squadron 42 deadline and Theaters of War is still missing (if not scrapped entirely).
Chris Roberts personally wrote in his Letter From the Chairman that he no longer has an estimate of when the beta will be done, other than “when it’s ready”. Having witnessed Cyberpunk 2077’s failed release, it is likely that CR’s perfectionism has reached new heights, and many of us in the SC community, including the notorious Noobifier, fear that Squadron 42 might not see beta until late 2022.
“I know everyone would like a definitive date on when Squadron 42 will be done but the best answer I can give you is that it will be done when it is done, and that will not be this year. But starting this December you should have more visibility into what the team is working on, what they have left and with The Briefing Room you’ll get much more in-depth visual dives into what we’ve done and features and content we can share without spoilers.”
Letter from the Chairman
OCTOBER 10TH 2020
The delay continues to make headlines among the salty:
Owen S. Good (Dec 28, 2020) polygon.com
“RSI revised its project roadmap on Dec. 23, deleting any mention of a Squadron 42 beta, and RSI founder and Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts told the project’s donors not to expect any release or finish dates for the game anytime soon. RSI’s most recent guidance on a Squadron 42 launch came in August 2019, and said a beta would be coming in the third quarter of this year.”
Jonathan Lee (December 30, 2020) yahoo.com
“What an amazing scam this game is,” said a user on Reddit. “Hundreds of millions of dollars donated with nothing to show for it.”
“The greatest scam in gaming history,” said another. “They are perpetually ‘developing’ in order to keep the cash flow going because they know they won’t ever make anymore [sic] money if it releases.”
Some Reddit users who said they backed Star Citizen have expressed deep remorse. One claimed to be one of the game’s earliest pledgers.
“I donated in f****** 2013,” said another user. “Was one of the first 11K. Never again… I wasted almost 400 bucks to this s*** show. F*** them. STAY AWAY.”
Another Redditor said they entered a completely new life stage during the game’s decade-long development cycle.
“I bought a $200 ship back in 2015, when gaming was the center of my life,” they said. “Since then I have graduated university, progressed significantly in my career, bought a nice house in an established neighborhood, and have had three more kids.”