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Star Citizen Squadron 42 Delays Broken Down in Detailed Chart, Prompts Concerns

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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A detailed chart on Reddit has broken down all the delays to Squadron 42, Star Citizen’s narrative portion.

The chart breaks down chapters of the release across quarters for 2018, 2019, and 2020 into the following components:

  • Whitebox Narrative – convos, scenes, key moments. Not fully functional
  • Whitebox Playable – building systems from previous step into chapter.
  • Greybox – all primary and ancillary story moments and interactions. Almost complete feel
  • Production – brought to more releasable state. Mechanics completed and implemented
  • Polish – iron out stability, etc.

The post cites,

“But look at what they accomplished in 2018Q4. They planned THREE Whitebox Narrative and TWO Whitebox Playable (which has already been done when the roadmap released). They finished only ONE Whitebox Narrative and delayed the others.”

Looking at Q1 2019 proves more damning,

“They planned EIGHT Whitebox Narrative, TWELVE Whitebox Playable, and TWO Greybox. What do we have now? SEVEN Whitebox Narrative and THREE Whitebox Playable. Over half of 2019Q1's work was delayed.”

However, as Q4 2019 is drawing to a close, the chart still shows “2019Q3 in progress.” This doesn’t take into account any leftover unfinished work from Q2 2019 either.

All of this comes at a time where Star Citizen’s Cloud Imperium Games is being investigated by the BBC, and an earlier expose from Forbes in May revealed the mismanagement of funds and development.


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.