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Hello everyone,

Valentine’s Day is but a sweet memory, yet after celebrating all weekend long with community-made Valentines and limited-time ship offers, you still have until 11:59pm PST today to pick up Anvil’s limited-edition Hornet F7C-M Heartseeker. The ‘Be my Valentines’ greeting card contest is over and we’d like to thank everyone who shared their love (and cards) across the ‘verse. It was tough as always to select the winning entries and we can only recommend checking out all the fantastic cards the community created over the past few days.

Last week we sent out the latest information on the continuing development of Squadron 42, collected from each of our studios around the globe. Check your inbox if you haven’t read the report yet and make sure you’re subscribed to the SQ42 newsletter to ensure you don’t miss any future news.

Also last week, a new ship from Argo Astronautics was unveiled. From tugging massive cargo containers to team-towing titans through the stars, the tenacity and rugged reliability of ARGO engineering are on full display in the SRV. If you’re looking for more information about the latest addition to the Argo Astronautics portfolio, head to the Spectrum Q&A thread and post your questions or vote for the ones you want to see answered. We’ll then send them over to the developers and publish the answers in a Comm-Link early next week.

Now, let’s see what’s going on this...
We sit down with guests from the audio team working on Star Citizen and Squadron 42, discussing various aspects from music to SFX to mixing and more.

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Delve into the exciting world of Asset Optimization, get stuck in ArcCorp traffic, and meet the latest Star Citizen ship in this week’s update.

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Happy Valentine's Day

Blazing Hearts and Burning Passion

From Aberdeen to Port Olisar, love is in the air (and the vacuum of space) and we want you to share it however you see fit. Whether you create an original Valentine and send it to your loved ones or blast them out of the sky, if it comes from the heart (or Heartseeker), it’s a beautiful thing.

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Love Letters from the Void

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Share the Love

Last week, we invited the community to design their own Star Citizen Valentine. Check out the charming results and share your love with that special someone, no matter how many star systems separate you.

View the Spectrum post here.

From Anvil With Love

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Hearts Afire

Rekindle your love affair with space combat in Anvil’s limited-edition Hornet F7C-M Heartseeker. Blast your enemies halfway across the universe with its quartet of imposing Behring laser cannons. Isn’t it romantic?

For more details visit the complete Hornet F7C-M Heartseeker Ship Page

If dogfights don’t get you in the mood for love, grab your significant other and tour the galaxy in comfort and style in Origin’s starship built for two, the 85X.

Or maybe you’re looking for a more down-to-earth relationship. In that case, race at the speed of love in a cherry red Cyclone RC.

Disclaimer

We offer pledge ships to help fund Star Citizen’s development....
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This portfolio originally appeared in Jump Point 5.1.

Exhausted yet intensely focused pilots speed their ships towards a checkpoint. Once there, their flight logs receive the coordinates for the next destination. The pilots check their scans and pick a route before blasting off into the blackness of space. For the Xi’an pilots who step up to the challenge of the Koa e Ko’ia, this is their life for the next 200-250 hours.

The Koa e Ko’ia is an epic endurance race that’s wildly popular among the Xi’an. Although the race has been contested in various systems across the Xi’an Empire for centuries, it only recently came to Human attention when competitors appeared in the former Perry Line system of Hadur. One day, in 2881, previously open sectors of the system were suddenly off limits, and remained that way for the next week and a half (Standard Time). Famed Terra Gazette travel journalist Jan Sharrock happened to be in-system at that time. After being diverted off her intended course, she landed at a nearby space station to find groups of Xi’an gathered around wallscreens in rapt attention. She had to find out why.

Sharrock wrote, “I’d gone up to a shop owner to buy a Surluk, but he was more interested in the serene images of Xi’an pilots and their ships than serving me a drink. When I asked what he was watching, he mumbled a Xi’an word I was unfamiliar with, but which roughly translates to ‘holy, distance race’.”

Sharrock spent the following days on the space station. She learned everything she could about the Koa e Ko’ia, interviewed observers, and witnessed an incredible finish that had three racers speeding toward one last checkpoint as time expired. The subsequent articles produced from Sharrock’s writings generated great interest from xenophiles and ship enthusiasts who were intrigued by the extreme length of the race. Her travelogues lead to a sharp spike in Human visitors to the Hadur system, fueled by their interest in learning more about...
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February 2949 Subscriber Flair

Subscribers

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Centurions will receive the Rust Society Venture Helmet. The RSI’s Venture helmet is built from impact-resistant composites and designed to weather the harshest of environments. It also features an anti-scuff laminate face-plate that offers an unparalleled upward field of view, providing unobstructed sight lines to whatever wonders you discover. The Rust Society edition adds a red and tan color scheme so you look good while working hard.

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Imperator-level subscribers get the RSI Beacon Helmet in addition to the Venture edition. RSI’s Horizon helmet is a durable and robust environmental enclosed work helmet. The single sheet laminate dome gives you an extremely wide field of view. A pair of side-mounted LED light modules provide additional illumination to make sure you can see what you’re doing. The Rust Society edition celebrates blue-collar workers with an exclusive red and tan coloration that hides dirt and wear and tear well.

If you’re an active subscriber, these items will be added to your account on February 18th.

If you aren’t a subscriber yet but want to don these helmets, make sure you subscribe no later than February 17th.

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Hello everyone,

Last week we fired off the first commercial contest of 2019, highlighting the rough and rugged Tumbril Cyclone series. We’re currently in the process of selecting the winners and will post an announcement very soon. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.

The Roadmap was updated last Friday, now showing a look at what’s coming to the Persistent Universe throughout 2019. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can do so here.

Along with the updated Roadmap we also released our Star Citizen Monthly Report, covering progress the teams made in December and January.

As we’re approaching Valentine’s Day (only 3 more days, everyone!), we’ll celebrate with a “Be My Valentine” Card Contest. Share the love and design your own Star Citizen Valentine for a chance to win a ship that shoots straight for your heart. All the juicy details can be found on Spectrum here.

Now, let’s see what’s going on this week:

Monday: Share your love with that special someone, no matter how many star systems may separate you. Take part in our “Be My Valentine” Card Contest.

Also on Monday, we want your feedback and suggestions for the merchandise you’d like to see hit our store later this year. Head over to Spectrum and join the discussion here.

Tuesday is lore day and features a Portfolio post focused on Koa e Ko’ia, a Xi’An Endurance Race that can take anywhere between 200-250 standard Earth hours.

On Wednesday we’ll announce...
We sit down with Chief Development Officer Erin Roberts, followed by story time with the Star Citizen Lore team.

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The first Persistent Universe monthly report of the year details all the work done by the Star Citizen team throughout December and January. While the devs and studio teams took a break for the holidays, the early winter months saw a ton of tasks completed, progress made, and new ideas seeded.

Star Citizen Monthly Report: December 2018 - January 2019

AI

The AI Team put effort into stability and optimization for the recent alpha releases and patches.

AI gunships gained new tactical options, including the introduction of a new behavior that allows them to circle enemies and use their turrets to attack from a constant distance. Designers can easily modify this behavior to change things like the optimal attack range and when to disengage the target. The ‘fly-by’ and ‘breakaway’ tactics were also amended to make better use of the predicted hit position and allow ships to better evaluate the environment to determine the optimal direction for evasion.

An ongoing focus for the team is converting all new movement logics to utilize the new Intelligent Flight Control System in preparation for its upcoming release.

For human combat, the team worked to improve the behaviors released in Alpha 3.4, making sure basic structures were in place to enable AI to decide which cover location to use, when to shoot, and when to relocate. The cover selection has been expanded to order the query based on the amount of protection it gives when multiple targets are taken into account. They also implemented an improved way to debug behaviors and can now visualize the debug tree on multiple characters at the same time as well as use the Subsumption debug draw in a server/client environment.

Time was spent on the perception system, which was expanded to handle damage stimuli; AI...