Star Citizen Release Date Estimates & Historic Dates

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Last Updated: November 12th 2017

Important Disclaimer About Estimated Release Dates

The information in this article can be speculative in nature and because it depends on the schedules of CIG any speculation is purely our own hypothesis and should be taken as opinion. Additionally, this data is subject to change without notice and can be out of date. This information is provided because we are players and want to collect our own views on the web. We provide this service for the enjoyment of others Star Citizen gamers. Remember, it’s just a video game, enjoy.

Next Update -> Star Citizen Alpha 3.0

Update: October 6th 2017 - Released to Evocati Testing

Alpha 3.0 has been released to the Evocati testing group (Familiarly known as Avocados). This group is currently helping find critical bugs under NDA. This helps PTU to be released with more stability for the enjoyment of backers.

(The following estimated dates were guessed October 6th 2017)

Current Phase In Evocati Testing (NDA)
SC Focus PTU Estimate Mid to late November 2017
Sc Focus Live Estimate December to January 2017
Evocati Live Date Thursday 5th October 2017

3.0 Schedule Report

CIG have released the 3.0 schedule. If you want to read the whole thing, here's the Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 schedule.

Schedule Report Release Date for Star Citizen Alpha 3.0

  • 29th Jun' to 13th Jul' 2017 (Dates updated from Schedule Report) (LAPSED)

At SCFocus we love the schedule report. Here is the video if you haven't seen it:

Star Citizen 3.0 Release Features

 

Main Features:

  • Moon landing & exploration (Yela, Cellin and Daymar)
  • Space outposts
  • Derelict ships
  • Debris fields
  • Levski landing zone
  • Player manned turrets
  • Item system 2.0
  • Insurance
  • Stamina
  • Doors & Airlocks
  • Cargo
  • Commodities
  • Kiosks
  • Atmospheric reentry & Engine Trails & Contrails
  • Persistent damage and ammo
  • Inventory system
  • Planetary landing
  • Entity and owner manager
  • Multifunction Displays (MFDs)
  • Field of View Slider (FOV slider)
  • Character customisation
  • Mobiglas apps (Cargo, Mission, Personal, Starmap & Mission Board)
  • AI Turrets
  • System shop and mission services
  • Basic NPC AI activity (added)
  • 60 to 64 player cap (increased from 24) (added)
  • Improved framerates? (added)
  • Mission system (early iteration) (added)

 

Ships & Vehicles:

  • Drake Dragonfly
  • Drake Cutlass Black (rework)
  • RSI Constellation Aquila
  • RSI Ursa Rover
  • MISC Prospector
  • Sabre Raven (added)
  • Aopoa Nox (added)

Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 (Previous speculation - our original guess, for reference):

  • Q3 2017 (Date Guessed on 24th Jan’ 17)

Disclaimer: All dates are for our own speculation and enjoyment, provided for entertainment value only.

 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 3.1 (Speculative):

  • Q4 2017 -> Q1 2018 (Date Guessed on 24th Jan’ 17)

Disclaimer: All dates are for our own speculation and enjoyment, provided for entertainment value only.

 

What is scheduled to be released based on the Production Schedule:

  • Modular Space Station – Truckstop
  • Arc Corp / Area 18
  • FPS features (Throwable items, Fists, Takedowns, and more(
  • Fuel (Item 2.0)
  • Service Beacon v1
  • Repair and Restock System
  • Elevators v2

 

Ships that could be released:

  • MISC Razor
  • RSI Aurora (Update)
  • ANVIL Terrapin
  • MISC Hull C
  • DRAKE Cutlass Red
  • DRAKE Cutlass Blue
  • AEGIS Vanguard Harbinger (Variant)

Star Citizen Alpha 3.2 (Speculative):

  • Q3 2018 -> Q4 2018 (Date Guessed on 24th Jan’ 17)

Disclaimer: All dates are for our own speculation and enjoyment, provided for entertainment value only.

 

What could be released based on the Schedule Report:

  • Crusader
  • Hurston
  • MicroTech (Stretch Goal)
  • Drowning
  • Radar System (Item 2.0)
  • StarMap v2
  • Ship to Ship Refuel System
  • Breaching
  • Object Container Streaming
  • Security / Access Control

 

Ships that could be released:

  • RSI Constellation Taurus
  • RSI Constellation Phoenix
  • MISC Freelancer MAX
  • AEGIS Vanguard Sentinel (Variant)
  • MISC Freelancer DUR

Star Citizen Alpha 3.3 (Speculative):

  • Q1 2019 -> Q2 2019 (Date Guessed on 24th Jan’ 17)

Disclaimer: All dates are for our own speculation and enjoyment, provided for entertainment value only.

 

What could be released:

  • Salvage
  • Repair
  • Mercenary - Covert Ops
  • Additional Solar System Locations

 

Ships that could be released:

  • Anvil Carrack
  • Origin 890 Jump
  • Banu Merchantman
  • MISC Reliant - All Variants

Star Citizen Alpha 4.0 (Speculative):

  • Q3+ 2019 (Date Guessed on 24th Jan’ 17)

Disclaimer: All dates are for our own speculation and enjoyment, provided for entertainment value only.

 

What could be released:

  • Travel To Multiple Star Systems
  • Exploration & Discovery
  • Science & Research
  • Additional Solar System Locations

 

Ships that could be released:

  • RSI Orion
  • Anvil Crucible
 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.6.3 (LIVE)

We did not provide an estimated date for this patch since it was a small & fast hotfix patch.

Full update details can be found here: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link//15823-Star-Citizen-Alpha-263

 

Released features:

  • None

 

Included ships:

  • None

 

 

 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.6.2 (LIVE)

Release Date (Speculative):

  • 2.6.2 Live (Live date: 1st Apr 2017)

Our estimates (below) turned out to be 1 month early for the original estimate created end of Jan and then 6 days too long for the second revised estimate made 4th March once the initial estimated had lapsed.

  • 1st Week March 2017 (Date guessed on 24th Jan’ 17) - Lapsed
  • New Estimated Release (Date guessed 4th Mar' 17) - Fri 7th Apr' 17 - In PTU as of 23rd Mar '17

Disclaimer: All dates are for our own speculation and enjoyment, provided for entertainment value only.

We have purposely set our revised (2nd) estimated guess for 2.6.2 live two weeks after what is in the official schedule. This is due to prior dates lapsing and should better represent the actual. We will see.

 

Full update details can be found here: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link//15810-Star-Citizen-Alpha-262

 

Released features:

  • Megamap for Arena Commander and Star Marine (faster switching between game modes)
  • Network and bug fixing
  • TrackIR support reenabled
  • Added support for very wide screen (21:9) screen resolutions

 

Included ships:

  • Buccaneer flyable
  • Update (Tech) on the Super Hornet

 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.6.1 (Live)

Release Date:

  • 2.6.1 Live (Live date: 17th Feb 2017)

Our estimates (we predicted the release date 35 days before the actual release. We were off the original estimate by just over 1 week (1st week Feb vs 17th Feb).:

  • 1st Week February 2017 (Date guessed on 24th Jan 17) LAPSED
  • New Estimate (Date guessed on 7th Feb 17): Friday 17th Feb (Update: 2.6.1 is now in PTU - Live date estimated revised again see below)

 

Disclaimer: All dates are for our own speculation and enjoyment, provided for entertainment value only.

 

Released features:

  • In-game leaderboards
  • Performance improvements
  • Spectrum
  • Megamap (Speeds up switching game modes)
  • Regional Servers (Improved international pings)

 

Complete breakdowns of what 2.6.1 could include can be found here:

Latest updates available in the Schedule Report on RSI: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/schedule-report

Historic Star Citizen Update List

Star Citizen Alpha 2.6.0 (December 23rd 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • Star Marine (FPS Simulation Module)
  • Pirate Swarm
  • New equipment and missiles

 

Ships Released (Flight ready):

  • Drake Caterpillar
  • Origin 85X
  • Drake Herald
  • Vanguard Hoplite
  • Hornet Wildfire
  • Sabre Comet
  • Gladius Valiant
  • Avenger Titan Renegade

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.5 (August 25th 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • Grim Hex

 

Ships Released:

  • Reliant Kore (Flight ready)
  • ARGO MPUV (Flight ready)

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.4.1 (June 30th 2016 - https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link//15401-Star-Citizen-Alpha-241)

 

Features Released:

  • None

 

Ships Released:

  • MISC Starfarer (Flight Ready)

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.4 (June 11th 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • None

 

Ships Released:

  • MISC Starfarer (Flight ready)

 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.3.1 (April 9th 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • None

 

Ships Released:

  • None

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.3 (March 26th 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • None

 

Ships Released:

  • MISC Starfarer
  • Xi’An Khartu-al Scout (Flight ready)

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.2.3 (March 17th 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • None

 

Ships Released:

  • None

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.2.2 (March 12th 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • None

 

Ships Released:

  • None

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.2.1 (March 9th 2016)

Features Released:

  • None

 

Ships Released:

  • None

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.2 (March 4th 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • Up to 24 players

 

Ships Released:

  • Aegis Sabre
  • Xi’An scout

 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.1.2 (January 29th 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • None

 

Ships Released:

  • None

 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.1.1 (January 22nd 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • None

 

Ships Released:

  • None

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.1 (January 15th 2016)

 

Features Released:

  • Covalex Shipping Hub

 

Ships Released:

  • MISC Freelancer
  • Aegis Vanguard Warden

 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 (December 12th 2015)

Features Released:

  • Port Olisar (Crusader)
  • Yela Asteroid Belt
  • Multicrew
  • Cry Astro
  • Comm Arrays
  • New Flight Modes
  • Quantum Travel
  • FPS PU Combat
  • EVA
  • Mobiglas
  • Party System

 

Ships Released:

  • RSI Constellation Andromeda
  • Aegis Retaliator Bomber
  • Avenger Warlock EMP

 

Star Citizen Alpha 1.3 (October 23rd 2015)

 

Features Released:

  • New weapons

 

Ships Released:

  • None

 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 1.2 (August 31st 2015)

 

Features Released:

  • ArcCorp Area 18 Landing Zone

Ships Released:

  • None

 

 

Star Citizen Alpha 1.1.1 (April 11th 2015)

 

Features Released:

  • Turrets

 

Ships Released:

  • Anvil Gladiator
  • Anvil F7C-M Super Hornet
  • Drake Cutlass Black

 

Star Citizen Alpha 1.0 (December 20th 2014)

 

What was released:

  • Arena Commander Dogfighting Module
  • Ship Components - Guns, Missile Racks, Missiles
  • HUD
  • Signature System

 

Ships Released:

  • Aurora ES
  • Aurora CL
  • Mustang Gamma
  • Mustang Beta
  • Mustang Alpha

 

 

Slides for Star Citizen 3.0 and beyond

http://imgur.com/gallery/MV2PM