The latest demo of Star Citizen features a giant sandworm that fans of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels are sure to appreciate. A sandworm is a fictional desert-dwelling creature also known as “Shai-Hulud”, worshipped by desert nomads called the Fremen and the source of life extending spice.
In the gameplay trailer, a giant sandworm bursts through the desert surface under a speeding sand craft. Foolishly, a player watching from afar starts firing at it randomly as it rears its fang-filled head towards him.
I wonder what the copyright implications are for using such a recognisable science fiction creature?
Star Citizen is an upcoming multiplayer space simulator that will allow you to pilot starships, land on planets, explore galaxies, trade between worlds, battle other players, and much more. The game has raised an astonishing US$130 million since it started off as a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 and looks increasingly sophisticated and impressive. Chris Roberts, famous for the Wing Commander and Freelancer series of games, now guides a team of over 300 graphic artists and programmers in four offices around the world.
Star Citizen will be released for Windows 10 and Linux in both 2D and 3D. A range of virtual reality headsets will be supported at launch. Alpha 3.0 of Star Citizen is due out by the end of 2016.
If you find yourself stranded in a virtual desert without a “thumper”, be sure to mask your footsteps by stepping randomly and don’t forget the Litany of fear:
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
The spice must flow!