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Implementing Ray Tracing would slow down development on Star Citizen…even more

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2019 is shaping up to be the year where games that have been in development hell are finally seeing the light of day. We’ve gone a staggering 14 years between Kingdom Hearts, Crackdown 3 is partying like it’s 2009 and I’m betting my favourite Batman cowl that we’ll actually see a new Splinter Cell game in 2019. With the return of Conviction’s overly-cheesy henchmen dialogue if all goes according to plan. FISHER!

One game that you probably won’t see released in a complete format this year? Cloud Imperium’s Star Citizen, which is currently still limping towards an unknowable finish line while shedding modules of minor content to appease the few true believers, like some sort of space-leper. What little Star Citizen content is out in the wild does have one benefit though: It kind of looks visually neat.

There’s some handsome technology rerouting hype systems to the forward thrusters, with the potential for Star Citizen to take advantage of the newest graphical kid on the block, Ray tracing. So will Star Citizen’s loyal acolytes ever see their PC systems pushed to the max with that fancy RTX technology? When asked about the possibility to implement Ray tracing developer Ben Parry blew out the candles on that graphical cake with a very definite no:

Not in the slightest. I expect, if we use it, it’ll be a massive headache and time-sink but might give us some subtle improvements in looks or performance if we get it right.

According to Parry, that headache comes down to the implementation of it having the possibility to slow down the development of Star Citizen. More so:

The added headache is that whatever we offered would have to be an “as well” feature rather than an “instead”, developing a feature for a single manufacturer’s top-end cards means also maintaining feature parity for everyone else’s hardware.
Personally I’d like to use it to make the shadows crispier.

Star Citizen is still chugging along, and by the time you finish reading this sentence there’ll be at least one angry fan writing a defensive post in the comment sections below. Either that, or I’ll once again be emptying our comment spam bin of hastily-typed referral codes for the long in development game. Heck, we’re still cleaning up after the last Star Citizen catastrophe.

Last Updated: February 18, 2019


  1. Kromas

    February 18, 2019 at 11:32

    SC is fun as it is but far far from being a complete product. At most I have had 40 hours in it but I would rather play S42.


  2. Viper_ZA

    February 18, 2019 at 13:58

    Glad I didn’t “invest” in this black hole…


  3. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    February 18, 2019 at 10:53

    At this point I have written off the game to be honest. Like when I give R10 to a bergie. It’s gone forever.

    If it comes out one day I will probably play it, but I am convinced it will be a mess.


    • Pariah

      February 18, 2019 at 10:53

      I’m honestly surprised there are still people who believe in this thing. I’ll never play it, even if it does eventually come out.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      February 18, 2019 at 11:32

      A Star citizen backer who’s not defending CIG? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.


      • Kromas

        February 18, 2019 at 11:41

        I backed it as well and I don’t defend it. I just don;t give it as much hate as non backers do. Call it the 2018 effect. Nothing is great therefore I go into things already knowing I might not hate it but I might not like it either.


      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        February 18, 2019 at 11:41

        lol! That reddit/Discord is a complete circlejerk. I have worked on enough projects in my life to see this one for the dumpster fire that it is. Not saying it doesn’t have a chance of being awesome, but I am just getting more sceptical the longer it takes. JUST based on graphic engines etc game dev should be done at least within a few years.

        I guess we will see in the end though. Still hoping it is awesomeness when it drops, but I unsubbed from all the newsletters and bla bla bla. If it releases I will install it and see.


        • Joe Blobers

          February 18, 2019 at 14:23

          Calling Reddit circlejerk while naysayer prophecies have been proven wrong every quarter but keep shooting “scam!” like beheaded chicken, lol.

          I have been in enough international project to see this project is under control. But I am an anon guy like you on internet… However independent Auditors end of 2018 value this project at close 500M$ after thorough investigation. Which include ability to deliver hence 500m$ not zero…

          Clearly we know who are the expert… @UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy the guy who know the truth from a crystal ball vs auditors 🙂


          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            February 18, 2019 at 14:31

            I am in this either way. I am just giving my opinion on it based on my limited experience in these things. I have even been part of quite a few audits so don’t even get me started on that process and how they determine value.

            I have removed myself from that community until the game releases, because of how irritatingly toxic and narrow-minded it was. Even then I probably will only touch it if the game seems good.

            I still have a mini spark of hope, but it is not looking good to me no matter what auditor wants to tell me.

            I trust results and that is what I will be going with when it releases. All I have at the moment are broken promises/deadlines and new promises.

          • Joe Blobers

            February 18, 2019 at 14:39

            This is a sound decision. Project will speak by itself at release. However as I said,the Finance side is pretty self explanatory. Project is safe, right from auditors mouth taking into account they did delivered pro conclusion based on audit hence ability from CIG to deliver.

  4. Admiral Chief

    February 18, 2019 at 11:17



  5. RinceThis

    February 18, 2019 at 12:12

    this game will never see the light of day because no matter what it will under deliver.


  6. BretJones

    February 19, 2019 at 01:29





    Damn nice scam if you ask me.
    Just goes to prove the old adage: Misery Loves Company. as this site is full of miserable fucks.


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