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Star Citizen and Squadron 42 are still years away from launching

Cloud Imperium Games should probably just say that Star Citizen and Squadron 42 will be ready when it's ready.

CIG should probably stop publishing release windows and dates for anything related to Star Citizen.
CIG should probably stop publishing release windows and dates for anything related to Star Citizen.

Star Citizen is the perpetually in-development game from Cloud Imperium Games. The multiplayer space title has been in active development for over a decade. But, even though CIG promises that it's going to be a mostly multiplayer affair, the game will have a single-player cinematic story campaign, Squadron 42. The last we heard of Squadron 42, it was going to go beta by Q3 2020. Now, it appears that the story missions won't be ready for a little while longer.

According to CIG's COO Carl Jones, Chris Roberts has his hands full. Jones explains that Roberts is setting up a new Manchester studio while expanding the team's size to help speed up Star Citizen's development. Jones gave a possible timeline of "one or two years more," as to when Squadron 42 will release. But, since this is CIG we are talking about, we should take what Jones just said with a grain of salt.

Star Citizen is synonymous with delays and unkept promises. It's hard not to wonder if the game is ever going to be released at this point.

As we might have already mentioned, Star Citizen has been in development for over a decade. After starting production in 2011, CIG formally announced Star Citizen in 2012. Since then, the game has raked in $400 million in crowdfunded investment, which makes it the most expensive video game ever made - and it's not even out yet. But, if it's any consolation, CIG hasn't been shy about sharing all the progress that the studio has made with the game.

Having said that, we're still hoping that CIG at least releases Squadron 42 first. Like the multiplayer aspect, the single-player missions hold a ton of promise. Squadron 42 will reportedly include an ensemble cast featuring the likes of Henry Cavill, Mark Hamill, and Gary Oldman, among several others.

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Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014 and . When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram. Aron is no longer on staff, and we were sad to see him finish with Xfire in 2021.
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