Across all our studios, work on the upcoming Alpha 2.6.1 patch is progressing nicely

Star Citizen Newsletter - Regional Servers Inbound

February 3rd, 2017

Greetings Citizen.

Across all our studios, work on the upcoming Alpha 2.6.1 patch is progressing nicely. There’s still some UI work to complete and stability issues to iron out, but, as you can see in our updated production schedule report, we’re almost ready to get this latest patch into the players’ hands. In fact, we're happy to announce an addition to this patch. Thanks to the great work by the Live Ops, Backend and UI teams, we're moving up the release of the Regional Servers to 2.6.1, so players will be able to choose which server (North America, Europe, or Australia) they join to ensure the best connection possible. Once these are running, we’ll be able to run more tests to assess whether more locations will be needed.

This week I split my time between Foundry 42 offices in the UK and Germany. I’ll be spending another week in the trenches with the devs at Foundry 42 to oversee our advancement on a number of fronts.

Thanks to everyone who showed their support for Star Citizen last weekend at both PAX South and the community-organized Bar Citizen event in San Antonio, TX. It’s just another example of how dedicated and inspiring our fanbase can be. In fact, we’ve been looking for more ways to to bring the community front and center. That’s why this week we premiered a new show called Citizens of the Stars that focuses on the important part you play in Star Citizen. Give it a watch to see some of the incredible things the community is doing.

-- Chris Roberts

Around the Verse

This week’s Around the Verse explores the art and tech behind the score for Squadron 42. Composer Geoff Zanelli walks us through his process, while Ross Tregenza and Lee Banyard discuss the technical challenges for the CIG Audio team. Sandi Gardiner and Josh Herman host this week’s episode, which also includes an update with Brian Chambers from Foundry 42 in Germany.

Citizens of the Stars

Citizens of the Stars is a new weekly program about the Star Citizen Community. The show highlights fan contributions and puts a dev in the hotseat for a round of Quantum Questions to address fun and pressing inquiries about the game. Learn more about our new community-inspired show by going here.

BugSmashers

Mark Abent takes on a problem where Star Marine stalls when a player respawns. Is it the skeleton or skin that is to blame for this bug? Watch this episode of Bugsmashers to discover the ultimate fix to make Star Marine run more smoothly.

DISCOVERED: A Goodman is Hard to Find

Today's DISCOVERED reveals the discovery of the mysteriously lost ship Goodman.

Happy Hour

Ben Lesnick and Elwin Bachiller join community streamer Sargent Gamble as guests on this week’s Happy Hour — the show where gameplay and insider insight come together. Tune in every Friday at 12 PM PST, 8 PM UTC to catch all the action.
LIVE Version : Alpha 2.6
PTU Version : None
PTU Test Groups : None

Sabre Comet Sale - Subscribers Only

This weekend only, the Sabre Comet is on sale for Subscribers. The ship was flyable for Subscribers in January, as part of our special Ship of the Month program. Now is your chance to own the ship built under the supervision of famed dogfighter Captain Kamur Dalion.

GDC 2017

GDC 2017 is quickly approaching, and the Star Citizen team is gearing up to attend the event. This year’s conference takes place in San Francisco during the first few days of March. Stay tuned for further information on our plans for the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Vault

This week’s vault update provides a glimpse at the updated Aurora greybox. As a descendant of RSI’s X-7 spacecraft, which tested the first jump engines, the Aurora is not only tried-and-true but also an ideal utilitarian ship for beginners looking to make a name for themselves amidst the stars.

Ship of the Month

Subscribers get to fly the Hornet F7C Wildfire, the preferred ship of Squadron 42 pilot Aria Reilly, for February’s ship of the month. This ship is now available to all subscribers as part of the Star Citizen Subscription test-flight program, which makes a different flyable ship available each month.

Star Citizen Custom Control Box

Check out this incredible control box custom built for flying and fighting in the Star Citizen universe.
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French Organizations [StarMarines - Turnament]

Recently, the French fan org “Sibylla” organized a 13-team Star Marine tournament. Go here to check out the final bracket and watch a replay of the battle for Star Marine supremacy.
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STWIKY

Operation Pitchfork Flight Jackets

Operation Pitchfork’s quest to squash the Vanduul just got more stylish. One backer designed two concepts for Operation Pitchfork flight jackets, which include patches and a map of the “Area of Operation.”
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SHADOWMA

Drake Cutlass Black WIP Gray Box

This week’s sneak peek shows off the work being done to the Drake Cutlass Black. These greybox images highlight the attention to detail being given this reliable and modular ship that is just as comfortable hauling cargo as it is dogfighting.
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