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The new JumpPoint magazine is out, with lots of information about the Merlin snub fighter.
Got that BMW feeling about it ;-) ... and as a proud Constellation owner i will soon be able to fly it, as the
Multi-Crew ship update will be announced in 2 weeks at GamesCom 2015.
Originally posted by Erillion The new JumpPoint magazine is out, with lots of information about the Merlin snub fighter. Got that BMW feeling about it ;-) ... and as a proud Constellation owner i will soon be able to fly it, as the Multi-Crew ship update will be announced in 2 weeks at GamesCom 2015. Have fun
Eeeeww, they better not f**k that up, lol, the timing would be epic...
Originally posted by SpottyGekko Originally posted by Erillion The new JumpPoint magazine is out, with lots of information about the Merlin snub fighter. Got that BMW feeling about it ;-) ... and as a proud Constellation owner i will soon be able to fly it, as the Multi-Crew ship update will be announced in 2 weeks at GamesCom 2015. Have fun
I still maintain that my 'instinct' is right in that these are Unity Store assets... o.0
26 pages about the MISC "Reliant", from the pages of "Jump Point" magazine. An in-depth look at the development process for this new small ship using advanced Xi'an technology. It can change its configuration in mid-flight.
Strongly reminds me of the Star Wars B-Wing.
Here is a video of the P-52 Merlin Snub fighter in flight:
Start your engines, my fellow Constellation owners, and test your complementary snub fighter ;-)
And here is what a human-adapted Vanduul Scythe looks like in flight:
A fan made Merlin snub fighter trailer made by Star Citizen: Kruger P-52 Merlin (4K60FPS Re-upload)
(Did i mention that i like my Merlin ;-)
Constellation has been reworked.
Take a look (lots of pictures) :
CS: Hey guys this is Chris Smith and this is Josh Coons and we are here to talk about the Constellation rework. So we are starting the Connie rework and basically we had to start from the ground up and that means we work in how we even assemble it and so it’s easier for us to do variations after. So we started with that and we are logically assembling the connie in a lego like format so it’s easier to tack on different parts and modules, we call them modules, and so I am doing the interior currently and Josh Coons is doing the exterior.
JC: It’s going to speed the process up, the more we do this the faster we will be able to do variants of ships everyone is going to get and uh get the pipeline more optimized the more we do it. More ships equals more stuff equals more fun which is good.
CS: Yeah so we are using this Constellation as an opportunity to use our new ship pipeline that we have come up with that we are beginning this year that we are all streamlined together with the other studios like UK and LA. So yeah it’s going pretty good, the Constellation is coming together pretty quickly.
JC: It looks so good, I can’t wait to finally show the whole thing.
it’s super fun pushing the envelope on something, to take something people are already familiar with and we have gotten good feedback from the feedback we have gotten so far from the public on the connie.
CS: Chris really digs it. A lot of the rework right now, I mean the interior I would probably say has changed the most so far out of everything. I mean the exterior he is doing looks much better and more detailed and a lot of the little clusters you know like the maneuvering clusters and stuff like that didn’t have a whole lot of detail are all nicely modeled out now. Yeah we allowed those stuff, the exterior style is still the same as it was. The interior has had a lot of work by me. I think the interior was the most problematic issue with the Constellation old version. It’s already been reworked, based off fan input that we have had over the years.
JC: Some stuff just didn’t work.
CS: Yeah, or make sense, so I took the time to add a couple of things and subtract a couple of things to make things more efficient for example be the front nose area, we sort of have the Constellation sectioned off by a nose, a neck, a body, and a tail. And he does the same for the exterior so each module can be removed and we could assemble a new ship with it basically. And for the nose section on the interior we added each section has a bulkhead that separates it so there is actually a new bulkhead that separates the cockpit from the living quarters now so it makes more sense that way to have everything so nothing gets exposed to space if something happens.
JC: We had fans coming by the SXSW booth a few months ago and the people who owned the ship I would ask “what don’t you like about the ship” and they would tell me and it was just one after another and all had already been fixed, we had taken care of the issue and I would be like “we are fixing the issue right now” and they would be all like what? We had a couple of people tour the studio and they saw it and they were like “you weren’t kidding, I can not wait to get that”.
CS: A lot of those issues where issues for us to. Like why is it like that. For the turret entrance you don’t have to walk around to the cockpit entrance now it’s just a straight forward walk.
JC: You can get more people down when you go down the drop platform, it’s not just one person deal. The airlock is bigger, you aren’t going to shoot into the side of the Constellation when you jettison. That was my favorite part. You would hit abandon ship and jettison and crash into the side and die. Good job.
CS: We have also extensively reworked the Merlin connection in the back, it has been completely overhauled. We don’t have this big telescoping tube and it’s questionable shape at the bottom.
JC: it’s going to be a lot more aliens drop ship affair and I think everyone is going to dig it.
CS: So basically the Merlin goes right up into it and it looks a lot sleeker, there is no more tube.
JC: You have some control arms like bring him in and lock him into the back end of the ship and then you can just get right out of the cockpit of the Merlin and walk right through the bulkhead.
CS: Alright thanks guys for joining us for the Constellation remodeling sneak peak.
JC: Can’t wait to show you guys more and have a good one (salutes)."
"The P-52 Merlin is a versatile short-range fighter designed to offer support in combat situations as well as reconnaissance. Kruger Intergalactic’s first foray into Starships is nothing other then a marvel. The P-52 Merlin (which comes stock in some models of the RSI Constellation) benefits form decades of research into ergonomic design and a company eager to prove itself."
"Backers who own the Constellation Andromeda and the Constellation Aquila can fly their Merlins today! Additionally, pilots who have a Constellation Phoenix, 890 Jump, Idris or Carrack in their fleets will be awarded a loaner Merlin in place of their parasite ships that are still in development. Early reviews say that the Merlin is a joy to fly: a true artist’s ship!"
I concur - it IS a joy to fly the Merlin. You will find in the article:
Merlin in flight fighting video
Merlin racing video
Merlin Technical Overview
And for those that want to support the project and have none of the ships mentioned above .. a Merlin sale (20 $).
P52 Merlin Q&A session (answered by technical designer Matt Sherman)
There wouldn’t be any cargo space, but we do want to make sure you’ll have some personal weapon space. What that will fully encompass is still up in the air, but safe bets are sidearms and SMGs at the least.
Yes, there’s still going to be room to tune/grow with a Merlin, it’s not sold maxed-out overall to make sure there’s going to be enough choices to make to really help it fit different styles.
No, Snub craft are designed to be very limited range from a parent ship, so they won’t have any Quantum or Jump capabilities. If you want to go any sort of distance with a snub, you’ll need another ship to help move it.
The collar on the back of the Constellation is designed specifically for the Merlin/Archimedes. It could be possible in the future that other collar options could be available, but that would be a long ways out and would need a healthy range of Snub-ship options to really support it.
Yes. While Snub craft won’t have Quantum or Jump drives, they will be able to take off/land from planets on their own. And this would cover the Merlin, Archimedes, 85X, ARGO, and even the unnamed ship that comes with the Carrack.
We have the Archimedes planned, which was included on the Constellation Phoenix. Other variants aren’t officially planned, but the changes we’re planning for the Archimedes would also help set up the ship for a few more possibilities.
Snubs will have loadouts like any other ship, so you’ll absolutely have things to change and tune. While not right away, you’ll definitely be able to change out the Power Plant, Shield Generator, Cooler, Avionics, and Radar for other models in the same Small/Light size class. Wing-weapons will be interchangeable, though the centerline gun is locked in, though we’ll have tuning options on that.
Currently, no. The Merlin is Kruger’s first step into ship manufacture, and the gun is very much built into that design. There’ll be some tuning options for the T-19P, but unlikely to see any other guns mounted inside.
This wouldn’t be something paired with the Merlin itself, but an optional piece of equipment other ships may need to enable use. Something to consider is on a larger parent ship like a Carrack, the Snub deploys from a small platform instead of a specialized collar, so a Merlin could easily be loaded into one with no additional equipment to install to the Carrack.
Just what’s currently announced, since future-modules are to be determined in the future: Constellation-series (excluding the Taurus), 890J, Carrack, Idris, and the Javelin. There could definitely be more choices later, but we won’t really be able to make those decisions until the base ship is already built out and flyable.
Yes, we will make upgrades to the Archimedes available when it is flyable.
The Merlin has just gone live, so it’s not fully tuned. It’ll still need work, but will also still have down the road tuning and customization opportunities to help tailor the performance for racing more than the current generalist setup.
The current plans are they’d be a part of the parent ship crew, so if you’re already paying someone to crew your ship, you wouldn’t be paying them extra to jump in the Snub ship if needed. This is still pending full setup of crews, but it shouldn’t be a double-cost to both your ship then additional escorts.
The full Docking/Deployment cycle is still in development since we need the Constellation flight ready to really answer these questions. There will probably be some level of auto-assist with the docking, but we won’t know the extents without both ships setup.
It will reload both, though you’ll need to make sure you have spare rounds in the parent ships cargo hold. As long as you have the bullets, you can definitely dock and re-arm before heading out for more.
Ultra Space Water Physics. Seriously though, it’s the first implementation of the ship, so some of the G-forces being off is not surprising. Like anything else, we’ll definitely be continuing tuning work on the ship to make sure the handling and forces don’t linger in the realm of the impossible. Keep in mind, when the Mustangs first went in, they bucked wildly like a jet-ski, but have been dialed in since. Same thing, different ship."
"Fly you BITCH !!" ;-)
"Danger Zone" (00.20 - 03:30 min)
GamesCom update ...
Starting with the Cutlass you can customize your ship. Chris Roberts shows a lot of the Cutlass modules.
It looks like this : (example Retaliator -two modular rooms, two bomb bays)
Living Quarters, Cargo Quarters, Bomb Bays , Dropship Bay (for carrying Marines) etc.
Chris Roberts shows the new Star Citizen HOTAS stick from Saitek (various variants, including X-65 based)
Trackball on Stick and Throttle (so you can fly with mouse AND stick at the same time ;-)
detachable throttle , extra button panel , OLED Screen
Vanduul Glaive available for those that earn it through beating ALL of Vanduul Swarm (all levels)
(and people at GamesCom just now are winning one in a stage lottery)
" A long-rumored version of the iconic Scythe fighter, the UEEN-designated Glaive has now appeared with more frequency in a variety of systems. Initially attributed to one of the more notorious Vanduul aces, military intelligence has confirmed that there are indeed multiple versions of the symmetrical fighter in a number of clans. Analysts theorize that only the top pilots are given these powerful and resilient spacecraft, indicating that they may even be a recognition of rank within the Vanduul clans.
In order to better prepare its pilots to face this growing threat, the Navy has asked Original Systems to update their Arena Commander Vanduul Swarm training simulation to more closely and accurately reflect the dangers of facing these elite ships. In addition, using scans taken in battle and schematics created from salvaged parts, the Navy has commissioned Esperia to manufacture a line of faithful reproductions for use in live simulated war games. The highly-skilled UEEN Aggressor Squadron 323, specializing in mimicking Vanduul tactics, was selected to be outfitted with these Human-made Glaives and have been operating training skirmishes around the clock to make sure the brave pilots defending the Empire are ready when the next marauding clan attacks.
Working in conjunction with Original Systems, Esperia has been granted permission to produce a small run of these Glaive reproductions to make available to the first 1000 elite Arena Commander pilots who successfully completing the all-new Vanduul Swarm survival mode. Anyone who completes the mode will also unlock the design as a flyable ship in-game, for use with Rental Equipment Credits.
“The Esperia brand’s partnership with Original Systems allows us to showcase their new, more exciting and more thrilling Arena Commander gameplay alongside the artistry and meticulous attention to detail that our craftsman are known for,” said Danna Manley, president and CEO of Esperia. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring this unique flying experience from the simpod to your hangar.” "
Originally posted by Erillion GamesCom update: Chris Roberts shows the new Star Citizen HOTAS stick from Saitek (various variants, including X-65 based) Trackball on Stick and Throttle (so you can fly with mouse AND stick at the same time ;-) detachable throttle , extra button panel , OLED Screen Have fun
"Trackball on Stick and Throttle"
OMG, this I have to see ! Who needs dumb hat-switches, lol
Where do I pay ?
EDIT: Lmao, just checked the Saitek website and discovered they actually have a separate category of controllers for FARMING SIMULATORS ! Wtf ?
Existing Retaliator pilots do not need to purchase another ship! Your
current Retaliator is now equivalent to the base with two torpedo bays
installed. You can purchase separate modules this week to swap onto your
This will depend on the ship. Some will continue to have variants
while some will have a single base with modular portions (think of how
real world aircraft might have the ability to be retrofitted for
different roles, while others might have several different types
manufactured depending on missions.) As a rule of thumb, military ships
are more likely to have traditional variants than civilian ones.
We do not currently plan additional Retaliator variants, although they’re possible. It’s likely the UEE
has built several different hulls over the year! (Similar to how
there’s a B-17D, E, F, G and so on with various improvements/changes.)
A Retaliator without modules installed would have large portions of the interior inaccessible.
No! It will vary from ship to ship; many will have individual
components you change and only some will be specifically designed to
swap out modules. We can’t give you the entire rundown today, but we
will go ahead and announce that the Endeavor platform is designed around
a similar system of modules that change based on role.
Potentially! We imagine using them in a larger, interconnected system
in the future. These will likely follow logical rules in the game
universe: Aegis might build other ships to use the same modules, while
Anvil ships would have their own process. Imagine, for instance, a
future medium bomber similar to the Retaliator that might let you choose
only one of these modules instead of two!
The insurance on the modules and the base ship are separate. This is
intended to keep the original, torpedo-bomber version of the Retaliator
unique: having one is the only way to get LTI on the bomb-related modules.
This will vary from ship to ship; modules will significantly alter
the Endeavor, while the change to the Retaliator will usually be
This will tie into the gameplay we intend to introduce with Star
Marine! We envision a future where there will be a need to deliver
marines to hot landing zones or for boarding larger ships.
As noted above, we see these modules as the first step to a larger
system. Having two smaller modules in a single ship gives you much more
customizability. Sure, you can build a pure cargo Retaliator or a pure
living version… but you can also mix and match to perform multiple
roles. As the number of ships that use modules increases and the number
of options available goes up, this will allow for significantly more
Modules will likely start coming online ‘in game’ after Arena
Commander 2.0 launches; we do not have a specific date or patch to
No, there will always be limitations – we don’t see every ship as
being able to fulfill every role (and especially, we don’t see every
hull as being effective for every task.) We do have a mining module in
development for the Retaliator, but because of the nature of the ship it
would be significantly less useful than the technology on a dedicated
ship like the Orion.
This will be done using a future version of the holotable, similar to how guns, shields and other components are changed.
Living space will let you use the Retaliator as a personal transport
and tie into the larger passenger system discussed during the Starliner
rollout… but in addition to that, it’s intended to speak towards
personal customization, a place you can set up as your own much like you
will your Hangar.
Yes, where appropriate (there likely won’t be a good reason to have a
non-combat Retaliator immediately, but that will change as we begin
prototyping other systems live.)
Yes, but this type of customization would take place using the
existing systems: you can remove turrets, guns, etc. without changing
Yes, we will grant the model and poster to all backers who purchase an empty Retaliator hull."
No info on the vanguard?
The new JumpPoint magazine is out, with lots of information about the Merlin snub fighter.Got that BMW feeling about it ;-) ... and as a proud Constellation owner i will soon be able to fly it, as theMulti-Crew ship update will be announced in 2 weeks at GamesCom 2015. Have fun
"going into arguments with idiots is a lost cause, it requires you to stoop down to their level and you can't win"
How about the content that does not involve the release of ships?Space stations, planets, the universe, trading.....has that been developed yet?