Star Citizen is working on optimising its network code

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Star Citizen has a lot of elements at play. Primarily a space combat game, a genre which was left to rot in a pile with all those horrible licensed cart-racing games, there’s no doubt that the (eventually) finished product is going to put a strain on any system running it. But there’s also concern that a beefy system will need an equally beefy online connection for the Star Citizen universe.

And maybe you will! Or maybe you won’t as Chris Roberts emphasised that performance was favoured over decent connection speeds, in another Ten For The Chairman Q&A session. “Up until now it has been about performance rather than bandwidth and we’re seeing the effects of it in certain cases like players splitting up and going to several comm arrays at once and causing the server to bog down,” Roberts said.

We’re using the Dead Reckoning system which means not sending data that isn’t needed, along with other systems and refining them to ultimately have scalability in the future. The impact on bandwidth won’t be major, but performance on servers and clients is our big focus right now and later on we’ll continue to optimize the network code with a more careful eye when things are looking good on performance.

Roberts also answered questions on ship repairs, targeting modes and influences on Star Citizen. Here’s a transcript of his responses:

What games influenced the design of SC?

SC takes some elements from other popular online games such as World of Warcraft, EvE and DayZ. The objective is to make SC feel like a living universe and keep players invested in the game by the use of and tweaking of various mechanics from other games.

How will docking with other ships work?

Our thinking is that bigger ships with standardised airlocks would be able to do docking and the smaller ones may or may not be able to. It may also vary by manufacturer. In short it is still being designed.

Will there be enough time to actually repair a larger ship during a fight?

Yes, it’s a balance issue which is being worked on but it requires the multi-crew experience to be polished and balanced before the repair systems can be implemented properly.

Are there any plans to populate the space/night sky with celestial objects?

Yes. Longer term we will generate the “sky sphere” or “space sphere” from the data in the Starmap.

Will we see relative and nonrelative targeting modes for turrets?

We already have two modes for turrets although it was broken for a time it appears to be working again. That said we are working to improve turrets so that you have more better UI, better tracking, more information, faster turrets, more natural control, etc. Manning a turret should be fun and you should be able to be effective!

Music in ship like the Cutlass Commercial

Yes, though it’s not a high priority but will be implemented farther down the road after things like VOIP and mood music.

Current plans to continue FPS on Crusader map. Thoughts on continued development of Arena Commander.

Star Marine/Arena Commander of facets of the overall game. Both will be used to hone your skills for the Persistent Universe. Waiting for everything to be properly polished before enabling it, nothing has been thrown out. Both will be supported but are less important than delivering the main experience of the Persistent Universe.

Is it planned to expand the ‘use’ prompt to more things.

Yes, there will be a lot of options based on the environment and certain prompts that will dictate how you are able to use an object in the environment. It will be rolled out, hopefully, in 2.3 or 2.4 with Item System 2.0.

Could we have a system to create a character’s face on the website similar to the Star Map?

The generator is very heavily tied into CryEngine so it would be extremely unlikely to be released in that way. It’s also highly unlikely that it will be released as a stand alone module but it isn’t entirely eliminated as an option.

Right now, the current Star Citizen pot from crowdfunding alone is sitting at over $107.8 million. Or roughly seven Nkandla not-a-compounds.

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Last Updated: February 10, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

Something wrong gentlemen? You come here prepared to read the words of a madman, and instead found a lunatic obsessed with comics, Batman and Raul Julia’s M Bison performance in the 1994 Street Fighter movie? Fine! Keep your bio! In fact, now might be a good time to pray to it!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Well they’ve got the time and money to do it right.

    • You don’t have the time tehehehehe

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        You shut up and get back in your stupid holodeck!

        • You ARE in the holodeckl projecting reality where you are also in a holodeck!

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            aw no you di-in’t

          • Tehehehe

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Does that make you the Oculus Rince?

          • More like Rockyoulass Rince! BOOM!

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Rocky you’ll ass?

          • Umm 0_O I’ll let John know you miss him?

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Wait…Where has John been lately?
            I do miss him.

          • Ovg and I played Helldivers for 5 hours with him this past Saturday. Seeing him this coming too. You are welcome to join us at Barristers.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            I’ve been eyeing Helldivers on Steam…it’s only R200 now.
            Looks awesome.
            I’d love to man, but will have to see how my wife is doing by then. She’s in today again for some x-rays to check up on this. Been a damn rollercoaster year so far :/

          • Shit bro. We are here for you as you know dude.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Thanks man.

          • miaau

            Good luck with thatever ails your wife. Never fun!

            Do it well, Mrs JJ.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Thanks man. Hopefully it’s all finally over now.

          • miaau

            I hope so too.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Rock? More like…

          • What’s wrong with Fruity Pebbles you stuck up ponce!?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            EVERYTHING. And I prefer the term “elitist prat”, thank you very much.

          • You are no where NEAR as cool as Pratt!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oh dear, I forgot about that unhealthy obsession of yours.

  • HvR

    “Yes, it’s a balance issue which is being worked on but it requires the multi-crew experience to be polished and balanced before the repair systems can be implemented properly.”

    Wonder how many guys are polishing off their Scottish accents

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    If the developers of ARK can get that game optimized one day, then I’ll believe anything.

  • Hammersteyn

    *sighs* No one else saw Ash’s face on the on monitor but me?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I saw it, I just didn’t know if it wasn’t part of the UI improvements because I haven’t climbed into my ship in over a year.

      • Hammersteyn


  • Osvaldo Paniccia

    Finally an informed article (and not a clickbait)! Great job Lazygamer!

  • zimmah

    For anyone who would like to try star citizen make sure to use a referal code when you register, it will give you a free 5000 UEC ($5 worth of in game currency).


    Also, I’d advice to register and purchase a package before february 14 as that’s $15 cheaper than buying it after that date, and you can also test the game for free right now until february 14th.

  • RustedFaith

    Nice article Darryn!!!

  • Nojan

    nice and informative , thanks

  • Stan

    The “pot” is emptying fast. There still doesn’t seem to be coherent plan how to develop this game.

    • JustThinkOfThePossibilities

      Please go back under your bridge.
      Many experts and other game devs have come forward saying its possible to make this game.
      You don’t know how the money is being spent so this is all conjecture.
      I’m getting mighty tired of reading the half-assed comment stating the exact same thing on every single gaming media outlet out there… all from the same 10-15 people. All those arguments have been destroyed previously.
      How many time do you people have to rip on our dream, if you think it will fail, just…. I don’t know… let it happen… then you will be justified in ranting online.

      • Stan

        It is POSSIBLE there are little green men running 3/4 of the universe.
        We know that a lot of the money has been spent on mocap filming, reworking ships and paying Illfonic to develop Star Marine !
        You getting tired is as irrelevant to the discussion as your dreaming
        Please point out the rest my posts on star citizen, you are just making this all up !

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