Sometimes, just sometimes, the whooping and hollering you get at conventions feels acceptable. The first in-game footage of the dogfighting element of Star Citizen , which was shown by Chris Roberts at PAX East today, feels like it might be just such an occasion. Might.
The game, which has already raised over $41 million through crowdfunding, is pitched as Roberts' vision of the perfect space simulator. Until now, a lot of that has been based on ambitious promises and goodwill from an audience that wants to believe in a detailed, Oculus Rift-enabled game about being an interstellar ace.
Seeing Star Citizen in action today makes that belief a lot easier. You can hear the crowd go wild for the little details: that helmet flip animation as the pilot gets into the ship, the fact he can pass out if he pulls too much g-force, the way the headlights bounce off debris in space…
There's plenty of gameplay in the first part of the presentation, above, while in the second half, below, Roberts explains how the standalone multiplayer dogfighting module, Arena Commander, will fit into the game's fiction as a virtual reality game within the game.