Squadron 42, or simply S42, is the legendary volunteer unit assigned to the UEE's Paul Steed (CV 023) of the 2nd Fleet of the United Empire of Earth Navy. It can be found in many warzones and even took part in the Second Tevarin War's infamous Battle of Centauri in 2610. Aria Reilly was a legendary member of Squadron 42 who favored the F7A Hornet. The F7C Hornet Wildfire was built as a member of the Masters of Flight series in conjunction with Arena Commander to pay tribute to Aria Reilly, equipped with her preferred loadout and a custom special edition livery. Those who enlist with the 42nd Squadron may earn UEE Citizenship.
Squadron 42 is a single player campaign that takes place within the Star Citizen universe. It can be played off-line. Squadron 42 will be released in 3 episodes or stand alone games, the first of which will become available in the near future. The first episode will have 70 missions which will total up to 20 hours of gameplay.
As stated in the CitizenCon 2016 presentation by Chris Roberts, the ambition and scope grew since first pitched in 2012:
- 28 chapters equivalent to 60+ missions
- A-list cast to match any event movie
- 340 speaking roles with state of the art facial scanning and mocap
- Over 20 hours of performance capture
- Story arc with 1255 pages of dialogue
- 40 distinct ships from fighters to dreadnoughts
- Hand-crafted environments enhanced with procedural tech
- Systemic space and FPS gameplay - from stealth to brute force
- Dogfighting in both space and planetary atmosphere
- Subsumption AI - fully systemic, 24-hr schedules, 1000+ subroutines, simultaneous secondary objectives
Development started with the announcement of Erin Roberts joining the project with the Studio Foundry 42 in Manchester at the CitizenCon 2013.
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