Star Citizen is finally here! The alpha 3.16 update has come with a number of new features, and one in particular might be the most exciting: Jumptown! With this release comes all sorts of content to explore on top of whatever you’ve managed to accomplish thus far. In addition, there are two brand-new ships available for purchase – the MISC Razor and Aegis Dynamics Avenger Titan Heavy Assault ship.
The moment has come for Star Citizen gamers to return to Jumptown in search of some hard-won contraband. Return to Jumptown, also known as Alpha 3.16, will go live today at 1:00 p.m. EST, and it will bring back the Jumptown drug lab as a new dynamic event known as Jumptown 2.0.
While the dynamic event is the highlight of this new alpha build, 3.16 also includes reworked gravlev mechanics, new bounties that will require players to search for bounty heads above caves, in outposts, or even in the atmosphere of planets, a new hospital in Area 18, and the recently previewed Drake Cutlass Steel, a heavily armed troop transport.
After today’s release, Alpha 3.16 will see further content, beginning with a subsequent patch at the end of January that will feature derelict “puzzles” that will need players to dodge hazards like trip mines in order to uncover precious treasure. For the time being, there are some new things to do in the game, which has once again received our Worst Business Model Award for 2021.
citation: press release
Long-time MMORPG fans may recall that Star Citizen was initially Kickstarted in 2012 for nearly $2 million, with a 2014 release date scheduled. It is currently in an unfinished but playable alpha as of 2021, having collected about $400 million from players via years of ongoing crowdfunding and the selling of in-game ships and other assets. It is presently the most crowdfunded video game ever, and it has been met with unwavering support from fans and skepticism from detractors. Squadron 42, a co-developed single-player game, has also been frequently postponed.