Cloud Imperium Games has released a new update for the infamous MMO Star Citizen to make its world more persistent.
Alpha 3.18: Lasting Legacies added Persistent Entity Streaming technology, allowing player-moved objects to be dynamically tracked on specific servers, meaning players can now leave their mark on the world.
The developer claims this makes the game “one of the most immersive and lived-in experiences ever seen in gaming.” Furthermore, this technical update is a crucial addition to lay the foundation for full persistence in the game.
Star Citizen Alpha 3.18 | Lasting Legacy
Another important addition is the salvage profession, which offers a new economic and non-combat career path.
This allows players to retrieve materials from target ships and sell them for profit. In addition to the Drake Vulture vehicle for the salvage profession and a “soft death” feature, new technologies and tools have been added such as: B. a complete cargo conversion.
The full patch notes can be found on the Star Citizen website.
“Each update to Star Citizen brings important new content and technology, but Lasting Legacies is our biggest milestone yet for both the game and all of us at CIG. Persistent Entity Streaming is the first public, impactful step toward a truly persistent universe where players can make their mark and is a fundamental building block that opens up countless new gameplay possibilities,” said Chris Roberts, Creative Director of Star Citizen.
“A huge opportunity made possible by persistence is the first iteration of salvage gameplay that we can finally bring to players, along with the new physicalized cargo refactor. Our players have been patiently awaiting Alpha 3.18: Lasting Legacies, and I’m incredibly proud that we can now bring them our most momentous patch update in years, one that will make the galaxy even more alive and real than ever. ”
However, this update has not arrived without problems. Some players have reported having problems logging into the game, according to the Star Citizen subreddit.
Additionally, the developer may implement partial data wipe with its next update, 3.18.1.
A response from the developer said partial deletion was possible but “not guaranteed”. When it occurs, aUEC and reputation remain intact. “The only items that would be affected are those obtained through in-game purchases or looting,” it said, although the system will store information about purchases so they can be restored in a future update.
Early last year, developer Cloud Imperium Games laid out an ambitious five-year plan for the game, but later capped its roadmap to avoid upsetting players with delays.
The game has now raised over half a billion dollars in crowdfunding.