For those that need a refresher Squadron 42
is the cinematic single-player off-shoot to Star Citizen
with Chris Roberts creating a modern Wing Commander-style epic starring Mark Hamil, Gillian Anderson, Gary Oldman, Davos from Game of Thrones, and more. The cinematic teaser we got back in 2018
is still impressive.
But, as with all things Star Citizen the full release for Squadron 42 is still on the distant horizon. As part of a Star Citizen Birthday AMA
, Chris Roberts likened the current state of the game as something where the tech is still being worked on. Citing Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of Us Part II, Cyberpunk 2077 as long-in-development AAA single-player titles that featured long development cycles - the Squadron 42 release date will come when "tech has been resolved".
The best answer for your question is Squadron 42 will be done when it is done, and will not be released just to make a date but instead once all the tech and content is finished, polished and it plays great. I am not willing to compromise making a game I believe in with all my heart and soul, and even though everyone (including me) wants Squadron 42 sooner than later, it would be doing a huge disservice to everyone working really hard on the project and all of you that are looking forward to it to deliver something that isn't great.
The new roadmap will show how we are doing towards that goal and as we get closer to the end it will be more accurate but it will never be a perfect crystal ball of the future as there is always a certain amount of unpredictability in game development, especially when the game is hugely ambitious and has a very high quality bar; Red Dead Redemption 2, Last of US 2 and now Cyberpunk have all taken a lot longer than originally communicated and those projects didn't even announce a release date until very deep into their production, when most of their tech had been resolved.
We still have a ways to go before we are in Beta, but everyone on Squadron 42 is working very hard to deliver something great.
No doubt the idea of big Wing Commander-style space opera is one we'd all love to play - here's hoping that it comes together in time for the next generation of consoles and PC graphics hardware.