What is Squadron 42?
Squadron 42 is the cinematic single player campaign of Star Citizen. In this game packed with many Hollywood actors, the player as a UEE Navy fighter pilot has to deal with the aggressive alien race of the Vanduul. Alongside Star Wars legend Mark Hamill, we fly missions, complete ground missions, make decisions and build relationships with other NPCs. Developer Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) wants to create a gripping, cinematic gaming experience that is unprecedented in detail and realism.
Which well-known actors are involved?
Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts wants to create an impressive new space adventure with Squadron 42. For this purpose, he has hired the following high-caliber actors, who are brought on board via sophisticated motion capturing (their respective roles in the game are shown in brackets):
Gary Oldman (Admiral Ernst Bishop), Mark Hamill (Lieutenant Commander Steve “Old Man” Cotton), Mark Strong (Captain Thomas Wade), John Rhys-Davies (Randall Graves), Liam Cunningham (Captain Noah White), Gillian Anderson (Captain Rachel MacLaren), Andy Serkis (Thul’Oqquray), Jack Huston (Cal Mason), Sophie Wu (Cara “Web” Webster), Ben Mendelsohn (Julian Wexler), Ian Duncan (Player character).
Furthermore, Chris Roberts confirmed to us in an interview that there will be more unannounced Hollywood actors in the game.
Is there a roadmap and when will Squadron 42 be released?
There is a roadmap similar to the one to Star Citizen. We can follow the development of the game with it. In our Roadmap article, we track the changes for you and keep you up to date on roadmap changes.
According to current statements of developer Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) Squadron 42 should be “feature complete” by the end of 2019, i.e. it should be everything in the game that is planned. A beta phase has been announced for the second quarter of 2020. The final release is planned for the third or fourth quarter of 2020.
Can I already buy Squadron 42 and should I?
If you want to support the development of the single player campaign of Star Citizen, you can buy the game in advance on the official website. However, you should only do this if you want to help the crowd-funded development of the game. Even with the current roadmap, there can and will be further shifts and there is still a small remaining risk that the game may not be finished. If you don’t care, you can grab it now. Everyone else should wait for the final release.
Are (beginner) guides and possibly also walkthroughs for Squadron 42 planned?
We at SPACE4GAMES will provide you with all the stories and guides around the game as soon as it is released. However, we recommend playing Squadron 42 first without any help and spoilers and afterwards reading our guides to make sure you are not missing anything. If everything goes according to plan and with your support, we will also produce an extensive and high-quality guide magazine that not only offers solutions, but also illuminates the milestone Squadron 42 with entertaining articles and retrospectives from all sides. More on that as the release approaches.