Today Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games reached another milestone by releasing Alpha 3.8 for the backers of the upcoming space simulator.
The new version brings plenty of new features including Planet Tech v.4, the first iteration of Object Container Streaming (which allows developers to increase the scale and depth of the universe while preserving server performance), the new and spectacular frozen planet Microtech, new missions, hand-to-hand combat, and new weapons.
We also get the new multi-crew mining ship Argo M.O.L.E., for which you can see a trailer below, alongside a second video embracing the new features in the patch as a whole.
You can find the full patch notes here.
In other Star Citizen news, the crowdfunding total has skyrocketed beyond $257 million, and it may very well hit 258 soon.
More precisely, it’s at $257,590,742 at the moment of this writing.
The number of registered accounts is now at 2,469,482. As usual, you should keep in mind that not all of them are paying players. The number includes accounts created for Free Fly events like the one that recently ended.
If you want to see more you can check out the previous videos about Planet Tech v4 and the Argo M.O.L.E.
You can also watch how exploring the top of ArcCorp’s skyscrapers turned into an adventure for yours truly.
For the sake of full disclosure, you should keep in mind that the author of this article has been a Star Citizen backer since the original Kickstarter campaign several years ago.