As part of the yearly round-up
for Star Citizen boss Chris Roberts come the first development road-map for the standalone single-player cinematic Squadron 42. Which in addition to featuring a long list of recognisable faces - Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, Gary Oldman, and more - is also being seen as the spiritual successor to Wing Commander.
Recently it got a fairly impressive trailer, which we were more than impressed
with. Now a detailed roadmap for the continued development on Squadron 42 has been posted here
- which targets Q2 2020 for beta testing.
Also, the update from Chris Roberts notes that a new investment deal has secured an additional $46M in funding on top of the already sizable $211M has been secured in part to ensure the proper marketing and promotion for Squadron 42 - which is being described as a AAA release.
"As we look towards the release of Squadron 42, we have been acutely aware that having a AAA game that matches the biggest single player games out there only goes so far if no one knows about it. The games we will be competing with for attention have tens and, in some cases, hundreds of millions of dollars of advertising behind them," Roberts wrote.
Adding, "This investment helps secure our independence. We may not have the resources that an Activision or EA have to launch one of their tentpole games, but we now control our own destiny in marketing Squadron 42, especially as we have a secret weapon: all of you! Between the power of the best community in gaming to help get the message out and these additional funds we will be well positioned to enable Squadron 42 to enjoy the success that it deserves."
The investment sees a minority stake of 10% of the Cloud Imperium companies being sold.