The creator of Wing Commander and Freelancer Chris Roberts has returned to games development with new PC MMO Star Citizen.
After nearly tens years away from the industry, Roberts’ latest project is being developed by his newly formed studio Cloud Imperium Games Corporation, which consists of ten staff based all around the US and the rest of the world.
Roberts told Develop that he had decided to finally return the industry where he made his name as technology was now at a point to make the kind of game he had always wanted to play, and the title he’d always wanted Freelancer to be.
Star Citizen will see players take on missions in a persistent and open world with the aim to join the 42nd squadron, at which point users are free to explore the game’s universe on their own.
The MMO will not use subscription fees, and will use virtual currency which users can top up with real money, although Roberts insisted that there would be a cap how much players could spend and that the game would not be pay-to-win”.
Develop has more detail on this story, including an interview with Chris Roberts, here.