Remember those old ship blueprints that came folded in your Wing Commander
box circa 1991? No? Well, get off our lawn. Assuming you do remember them, or assuming you're as excited as we are about Chris Roberts
' new Star Citizen
space sim, you'll probably get a kick out of some images just released on the official site.
The site has a preview interview and accompanying concept gallery
that features a player ship called the Constellation Mark III. There are plenty of schematic views, lore-appropriate statistics, and of course renders of both the interior and exterior of the craft. Yep, apparently that answers the question as to whether or not we'll be able to walk around inside some of Star Citizen's
ships, as many of the renders show off everything from the cockpit to living quarters to various observation decks and stations. Oh, did we mention that the Constellation boasts its own detachable star fighter?
Roberts also puts to rest any notions of Star Citizen
being a typical combat-only shooter. One of his goals is to let you actually look at the cargo in your ship's hold while you're in space. "There's a big focus on simulating and showing everything that you would imagine to be inside and functioning on a spaceship in Star Citizen
," he explains. "So if you're hauling it you should see it in your hold (if you can walk back into your hold), if you activate a system, you should see your pilot avatar lean over and switch it on, and so on."
The images come courtesy of Ryan Church
, a familiar name to sci-fi geeks thanks to his concept art work on the Star Wars prequels.
[Thanks to Eric for the tip!]