Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) has published a teaser video for Star Citizen Alpha 3. Many fans are eagerly awaiting Alpha 3.0 and it is due for release late in August. However PCGamer recently got a test run on this significant build at Cloud Imperium Games' Los Angeles studio, and have some further interesting details.
Above you can view the 'sizzle reel' for Star Citizen Alpha 3. In summary, the video shows some attractive new features of the game planned for Alpha 3; moon landings are possible, and there's the Nox hover speeder to ride, planetary rovers to drive, and outposts to discover.
In the PCGamer play tests on this unreleased version we get to see further insight into changes on the way. At the CIG offices the reporter competed his first ever moon landing - on the moon of Daymar. Apparently this feat made him feel "like I'm a genuine (virtual) astronaut now". The transition from space station, flying into space, making a quantum jump to the Daymar, entering the atmosphere, and landing were said to be "seamless".
A very welcome play mechanic tweak comes from the use of the mouse scroll wheel to control movement speed. This is said to make the transition from a slow walk, to a brisk one, from a jog to a sprint feel natural and intuitive.
In other recent Star Citizen news, the weekly Star Citizen 'Around the Verse' vlog discusses Kiosks and Commodities which are coming in 3.0, important for the game's dynamic economy.
Last week Chris Roberts reportedly confirmed that Star Citizen will launch with 5 to 10 star systems, an apparent reduction in scope from original launch plans.