Latest events regarding Star Citizen were mostly about Crytek's lawsuit, but it's time to get back to the juicy stuff. The dev showed off Drake's newly flyable space ambulance, the Cutlass Red, and the process of building the moons over microTech.
Speaking in the latest episode of Inside Star Citizen, Cloud Imperium Games' lead environment artist Michel Kooper said that the process of creating moons was far more complex and therefore time-consuming some two years ago.
Naturally, it's not a walk in the park now either, but it's a much more streamlined process, that's additionally helped with the added creative freedom CIG gave Star Citizen's artists.
The plan is to deliver Calliope, Clio and Euterpe moons in the first quarter of 2020, and all three will feature oceans and geology that's really blurring the lines between CIG and NASA. Seriously, how is this not a real moon?
As for the Cutlass Red, CIG's vehicle creation crew said the space ambulance is an introduction into Star Citizen's medical gameplay.
It brings two new features. The first one is, of course, healing, which will fix your ailments once you're lying down on the medical bed. Cutlass Red's second novelty is already promising to be useful, as it's respawning.
Basically, laying down on Cutlass Red's medical table creates a respawn point and should you die doing whatever you're doing, and the ship is in "relative vicinity", you'll respawn as good as new.
CIG claim that the Cutlass Red will greatly improve group play, as it provides for various gameplay opportunities that were previously unavailable. If that's not enough though, how about the space ambulance's searchlight, which gives the ship an added function and a bunch of eye-candy points.
The Cutlass Red will be making its debut in Star Citizen Alpha 3.8.1, and you can see it in action in the video above.