The Star Citizen team recently admitted that the next version of the game no longer deserves the name “Alpha 4.0” because too many features are delayed. Now the developer Cloud Imperium Games is moving the next one. This time the fans are happy about it. Because completely unexpected the studio pulls the release of a feature forward.
The Cutlass Blue comes earlier: The Cutlass Blue spaceship is currently out of the game because it is undergoing a rework. You can only use it when it is complete. However, its completion was not planned until summer 2020 with the release of Alpha 3.10. Instead, it will be released at the end of May with the update to version 3.9.1.
What can the Cutlass Blue do?
The Cutlass Blue is the police version of the Drake Cutlass. While the Black version is characterized by a particularly large cargo space and the Red version has an infirmary, the Blue has a number of Prison cells in their cargo hold. You can lock criminals in there and take them to a prison like the Klescher Automated Prison.
Prisoner transporter instead of bounty hunter ship: The equipment confirms the community’s assumption that the Cutlass Blue is not the ideal bounty hunter ship. With 12 prison cells, the Blue is better suited as a small prisoner transporter. Bounty hunters would prefer fewer cells, but more space for heavy weapons and better shields.
Try it yourself: If you want to see the Cutlass Blue yourself, you have the chance at the upcoming free flight event. On May 30, contrary to the last announcement, you can not only test the Cutlass Black and Red for free, but also the Blue.
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The release surprises the fans. Because of a large number of feature shifts in the recent past one expected rather more delays. In addition, the developer Cloud Imperium Games states on the official roadmap that the rework is currently still in an early stage. It is said that two out of ten planned tasks have just been completed – less than half.
That the release is brought forward and therefore it no further disappointment
Is Bounty Hunter Gameplay Coming?
The players of the SciFi simulation now hope that the next one full bounty hunter mechanics be implemented. Because originally the team announced that they would publish it together with the Cutlass Blue. So far, however, the obligations of a bounty hunter have been limited to killing mission targets – you cannot currently take prisoners.
You may not expect the new mechanics on May 30, but the current development of the game suggests that it is the next gameplay loop will act. For example, since Alpha 3.9 there has been a prison in Star Citizen. With the next major update, you should also be able to move unconscious bodies and get non-lethal electric weapons. Rogues, on the other hand, have the opportunity to surrender.