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Q&A: Anvil Hawk

Greetings Citizens,

Below are answers to the most voted for questions in our Spectrum Q&A Thread we posted last week. Thank you for taking the time to submit your questions and voting for the ones you care about most.

Also, special thanks to Calix Reneau, Kirk Tome, and Steven Kam for their help in answering your questions.

Can we swap the holding cell for other equipment?

No, the holding cell in the Hawk is integrated specifically into its design. The Hawk is a small, focused ship. In general, modularity in engineering implies a bunch of things, including piping and plumbing, structural loadbearing, and bunch of other considerations designed to handle different equipment of varied capabilities. That stuff doesn’t come free in terms of weight, cost, or complexity, hence why not every internal space is just automatically modular by nature.

How many total weapons, types and sizes, is the Hawk supposed to have?

The Hawk has 4 S2 and 2 S1 Weapon hardpoints with 1 small EMP device.

Is the EMP from the Hawk as strong as the EMP from the Raven?

At present, we expect the EMP on the Hawk to be in the same neighborhood of effectiveness as one of the Raven’s. A balance pass is scheduled for 2018 and this information may change.

When will the variants become available that are mentioned in the brochure?

The variants described in the brochure are ships that exist in the fiction of Star Citizen’s universe. Currently, there are no plans to implement these variants. Let’s see how much you all like the original Hawk, for starters :).

Will the Hawk fit inside a Carrack?

Considering that both ships are in whitebox at the moment, we do not have the final dimensions of each ship and can’t...
On this week’s show, writer Adam Wieser explores the science, lore and behind-the-scenes decisions involved in the design of the Tohil System.

Remember that you can always explore the Star Citizen Universe yourself in our web-based Ark Star Map.

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Welcome to Clean Shot, the show dedicated to delivering all the latest hauler news and product reviews. I’m your host, Craig Burton.

I’ve gotta say, it’s good to be back and settled into the captain’s chair, which is not just a figure of speech by the way. I am actually sitting in the pilot’s seat from my old, long-retired Hull. Don’t know what it is about this chair that makes it so darn comfy, but I made sure to have it taken out of the ship and brought into the studio. Maybe I’ve simply worn in the grooves real good. Regardless, the thing just feels like home.

Anyways, we’re back among the familiar confines of our studio after attending this year’s Intergalactic Aerospace Expo and, can I say, it was a real treat talking to MISC designer Grigory Astier about collaborating with the Xi’an on the Reliant. And sitting down with three-time Cargolympic champ Kitt Devera was something I had been wanting to do since her first win. Skinny picked up so many components to review that we had to book him a separate transport just to haul everything back. Really good stuff.

Doing a show at the IAE was a lotta fun, but also a ton of work. A big thanks to the entire production team for running around to make everything go as smoothly as it did. Producing Clean Shot while on the road is a lot like taking a new route for a routine long haul — nerve-racking and strangely familiar at the same time.

Oh, and a big thanks to the folks in Eri City for their hospitality. How they handle such a big event invading their hometown every year and still remain so pleasant is beyond me, but I’m grateful for it. If you’re a ship fanatic and have never attended, seriously, do yourself a favor and start planning for next year’s event now. I know that sounds ridiculous, but trust me, with as...
Greetings Citizens

After eight bustling days of ATV Anniversary Specials, we’re back to our regular schedule this week. If you missed any of the episodes highlighting our ship manufacturers from Anvil to Drake, you can check them all out here.

The accompanying Anniversary sale ends today, but if you want to treat yourself to an early Christmas present: the Anvil Hawk, Aegis Hammerhead, and UEE land claim licenses are still available until December 11th. Closing up the Anniversary Specials, was Jared Huckaby, hosting an extraordinary episode of Happy Hour where YOU helped determine what will be the next ship from Drake Interplanetary. Watch the entire episode if you haven’t already and then vote for your vessel of choice to add to Drake’s (Interplanetary, not that Canadian) lineup.

As we’re into a new month, it’s also time to catch up with what our teams in Austin, LA, UK, and Frankfurt have been working on in November’s monthly report. There’s been a concerted push among our various studios to get the Alpha 3.0 to the community, and we’re currently focusing on stability and performance.

With that, let’s see what’s going on this week:

We’re kicking off the week...
Welcome to Citizens of the Stars, our new weekly program exclusively about you, the Star Citizen Community. Whether through bug reports on the issue council, feedback on the forums, or the creation of content inspired by the game, Star Citizen is only possible because of the community. Citizens of the Stars not only highlights these contributions, but also puts a dev in the hotseat for a round of Quantum Questions, which addresses some fun facts about the dev and game.

RedLir joins the Citizen Spotlight to talk streaming and what he wants to do first in Alpha 3.0. Then lead ship artist Chris Smith answers a slew of ship related Quantum Questions.

Remember, many of the questions used are taken from our Star Citizen Subscribers in this thread here. Don’t forget to add yours for inclusion in future episodes, vote for the ones you want to see answered, and remember to keep them short and concise if you want your best chance of having them answered in under two minutes.

The links for this week’s content are below:

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Chris Roberts and Sandi Gardiner host today’s episode focused on Drake Interplanetary and featuring an update on the Cutlass Black.

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Greetings Citizens

To cap off our Anniversary Special this week, we gathered developers on Happy Hour to discuss options of the next Drake vehicle to enter the ship pipeline.

During the show, viewers helped narrow the choices down to three prospective options, as potential design aspects were discussed for each one.

Now, and through December 11th, we are opening the voting to all Star Citizen backers to decide which of these options will become a reality. Each ship represents a different aspect of Star Citizen’s gameplay, and while all would make fantastic additions to our universe, only one will be voted in by you, the members of our community.

If you’d like to know more about each ship option before voting, we recommend watching our Happy Hour Gamedev special that was aired live on Twitch and Youtube.

Thank you for helping make this another fantastic anniversary for our project.




A one man salvage starter ship, no drones but plenty of on-board storage to help with EVA salvage operations (space for cutters, charges etc) and space in a separate area to store/process the recovered salvage. Mostly designed for the player to EVA out and do the salvage, rather than sit inside and do it with tractor beams/lasers. Small enough to sneak into hostile areas unnoticed to recover fresh salvage.


Drake’s competitor to the Constellation, the rough and ready multi-crew explorer. Differs from the 600i by its crude basic construction and from the Constellation by its lower missile count, but with a third turret to make up for it. Able to transport a vehicle and cargo (think extended/up-scaled Cutlass rear area) faster and more nimble than the others, but like all Drake...
When meeting a Xi’an for the first time, often the earliest potential cultural pitfall crops up during the exchanging of names. The Xi’an language does not contain all the sounds that UEE Standard does. Similarly, UEE Standard does not cover all the sounds that the Xi’an language covers. Humans place importance on both given and family names, whereas Xi’an place importance on given names and earned titles and find inquiry after their family names to be gauche at best. This can create awkward instances of misunderstanding, even when both parties approach it with the best of intentions.

Fortunately, with a little bit of patience and effort, these issues can be diminished. Xenolinguist Britton Watkins has created a document to help speakers of UEE Standard adapt their names into the Xi’an language. The document also covers dos and don’ts of introductions, along with apt advice to follow when dealing with mispronunciation. If you’d like to know:

  • How to write your own name in Xi’an
  • Which name to ask for when meeting a Xi’an for the first time
  • When to shorten your name
  • The nuances of nicknames
  • A little bit of Service Dialect

This is the document for you.

Yanlēkol — Best wishes for your studies.

Download: My Name in Xi’an

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