Squadron 42 ‘Could Be Two Years From Launch’, Star Citizen Still Years Away

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It’s been 11 years since Cloud Imperium Games started work on Start Citizen, 12 if you count the pre-production stage, and we still don’t have a release date or even a release window for the Kickstarted sci-fi sandbox MMO. Although it looks like we’ll be seeing Squadron 42 launch before the original game, if CIG’s estimates are correct.

CIG Founder Chris Roberts is reportedly in the process of relocating to the UK after years in LA which should allow him to oversee the project himself and hopefully get it on the fast track. Unfortunately, Roberts has stuck to his “will be done when it’s done” spiel for years and will probably do so until both games actually come out. While no hard date has been given, COO Carl Jones says that they’re probably looking at another year or two of development.

“It could be one or two years more,” Jones told MCV/Develop. “[Roberts is] spending more time over here with the Squadron 42 team and with our other developers, but it’ll be this year when he moves over for longer periods of time. Hopefully that means we can progress Squadron 42 through to completion faster. We want to get that game finished, but it will be finished when it’s ready.”

Meanwhile, the team is looking to set up shop in Manchester with plans to hire over 1000 new employees in five years. Hopefully, the added manpower will be enough to finally see Star Citizen all the way to completion. Hopefully, before we’re all too old and arthritic to play the full release build.

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