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Star Citizen videos celebrate a seamless, procedurally generated universe

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Star Citizen's Alpha 2.0 build rolled out to backers earlier this week, but Roberts Space Industries is already showing off forthcoming features. The videos embedded below are breathtaking demonstrations of the game's planetary exploration. More specifically, they show off the seamless transition between space, the planet's atmosphere and finally, the planet's surface.

Both videos show in-engine footage, and both appear to focus on the same rocky planet which, according to the second video, has a 1000km diameter. These planets procedurally generate on demand "at different LODs as the camera moves".

While light on details the first video is the most impressive, showing one ship's journey from outer-space to a nearby planet's landing zone. It's stuff like this that gets me most excited about Star Citizen. If you can't wait to fly seamlessly from space to a planet, Elite: Dangerous's Horizons update lets you do just that, right now.

Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.